Quilt Raffle Tickets

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Like to win this quilt? We’ve got you covered.

Thank you to local artist Sheila Ugolini for offering this gorgeous handmade quilt for our summer art raffle. The bold, bright colors caught our eye, as did the intricate stitching. We think it would make an incredible gift, if any winner could part with it.

The quilt will be on display at Extending Grace gift shop 18 Liberty St. in Hubbard, Tickets are available at the shop or from Lit Youngstown board members (Davita Fitzgerald, Liz Hill, Kris Harrington, Sean Posey, Karen Schubert, Bill Soldan & Molly Toth).

Raffle tickets are $3.00 each, or 2 for $5.00. We will pull the winning ticket at the YSU Summer Festival of the Arts, July 9.  Your ticket will support the literary arts and a visual artist.

You can purchase tickets on line via Paypal, using the MAKE A DONATION button below. Just enter the amount you’d like to donate and enter your contact info using the “special instructions to the seller” option. We’ll translate your donation into raffle tickets when we get the notification email, and you will have a chance to win this beautiful quilt. You can also send a check made out to Lit Youngstown to us at PO Box 804, Youngstown OH 44501. Be sure to include your address and phone number. Mail-in and Paypal ticket requests must be received by July 7.

Questions? Email us at lityoungstown@gmail.com

Food for Thought: Immortal Milk, Adventures in Cheese

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This month’s book-club book is by Ohio University faculty member Eric LeMay, who leads us to artisan cheesemakers in Europe and the American Upper Midwest.

A review in Publishers Weekly notes

Even readers who don’t know their comté from their Kraft Single may find cheese enthusiast Eric LeMay’s poetic if melodramatic coverage as rich and unctuous as the subject itself.

Haven’t read the book yet? No worries. Come join us. 5:00-6:00, Thurs. May 11 at Cultivate Co-op Cafe, 901  Elm St.

The evening will coincide with Lake to River Co-op’s Online Market pick-up night. The monthly gatherings are free, open to the public and wheelchair accessible.

Our last book in the Food for Thought series is the first section of Omnivore’s Dilemmaby Michael Pollan. We’ll meet June 8 to talk about it, as well as the next series’ selections.

David Giffels & Lori Jakiela Take the Stage at Suzie’s

Creative non-fiction rock stars David Giffels of Akron and Lori Jakiela of Pittsburgh travel all the way to Youngstown to read us some stories. Open mic to follow, emceed by Y-town creative non-fiction writer and recent NEOMFA grad Tom Pugh.

Wed. May 3 @ 7:00 PM, Suzie’s Dogs & Drafts, 34 N. Phelps St.

 David Giffels is the author of The Hard Way on Purpose: Essays and Dispatches From the Rust Belt (Scribner 2014), nominated for the PEN/Diamonstein-Spielvogel Award for the Art of the Essay, and the memoir All the Way Home (William Morrow/HarperCollins 2008), winner of David-Giffels-2013the Ohioana Book Award. His writing has appeared in the New York Times Magazine, the Atlantic.com, Parade, the Wall Street Journal, Esquire.com, Grantland.com, and Redbook. He also was a writer for the MTV series Beavis and Butt-Head. He is an associate professor of English at University of Akron, where he teaches creative nonfiction in the NEOMFA Program.

Lori Jakiela is the author of three memoirs, most recently Belief Is Its Own Kind of Truth, Maybe (Atticus Books 2015), which received the 2016 Saroyan Prize for International Writing from Stanford University, was a finalist for the CLMP’s Firecracker Award and the Housatonic Literary Award, and named one of 20 Not-to-Miss Nonfiction Books of 2015 by The Huffington Post. Jakiela also received the 2015 City of 20150119hoJakiela1magAsylum Pittsburgh Prize and a month-long residency at the Passa Porta Literary Center in Brussels, Belgium. She is also the author the poetry collection Spot the Terrorist! (Turning Point, 2013). Her essays have been published in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, The Rumpus, Vol. 1 Brooklyn, Hobart, and Brevity. She is a professor of English and Creative Writing at The University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg. She also co-directs the summer writers festival at Chautauqua Institution. She lives outside of Pittsburgh with her husband, the writer Dave Newman, and their children. Her website is lorijakiela.net.

Youngstown Stories Project Video

As part of our oral history project Phenomenal Women: Twelve Youngstown Stories, we created a 10 minute video about the process. It includes shots from our celebratory reception in December, and comments from some of the people involved in the project.

View the video on YouTube.

The video was created by Jim Stickel and funded by the Raymond John Wean Foundation‘s Neighborhood Success Program. It was premiered at the Association of Writing Programs (AWP) annual conference in February.

lityoceremony_122016_061Jim also videotaped the staged reading of excerpts from the book. The reading was created by Kris Harrington, and read by Sierra McCorvey, Davita Fitzgerald, and Kim Voeks at our December reception. We love hearing the audience reaction to local names and places and the heartwarming stories. They gave the piece a standing ovation at the end.

View the staged reading on YouTube.

Please contact us if you’d like us to come to your group or class to discuss the project and the book, or share the video. We can also arrange a live staged reading, or share the script so your students or members can present it.

Meet Our Intern

We thank Sarah for helping us out this semester! Thanks, too, to the support from the YSU internship program.

sarah davisSarah Davis is a senior Creative Writing major and English studies minor at Youngstown State University and will be graduating in May 2017. She is the president of YSUrvivor, a student organization on campus based on the show Survivor. She is a lover of storytelling, superheroes, film, and television. Sarah will be continuing her education as a graduate student in Fall 2017, studying  Fiction in the NEOMFA program.

Friends, Writers, Countrymen! Send Us Your Words

Ohio-affiliated Writers: Call for Submissions

Lit Youngstown seeks poetry and prose for a series of public art projects called Words Made Visible, including posters, poems stamped into sidewalk squares, and a month-long gallery installation at the Soap Gallery in downtown Youngstown.

Lit Youngstown staff will select visually strong writing to be made into posters and distributed at the Summer Festival of the Arts on Youngstown State’s campus in July, 2017. Authors of accepted work will be invited to read during the Festival.

Other installations incorporating contributor work will be planned and implemented on a two-year timeline. Lit Youngstown will seek permission from writers to use selected poems and prose.

Submission Guidelines:

  • Send submission in the body of an email or as an attachment to

    LitYoSubmissions@gmail.com

    Include a cover letter with your address/connection to Ohio. Submissions may also be mailed to Lit Youngstown/P.O. Box 804/Youngstown, OH/44501.

  • Please limit submissions to five pages. Previously published work is eligible; include publication acknowledgements in cover letter.
  • For the posters and sidewalk embossing, we seek poems of under 25 lines and prose of 100 words or less, that are suitable for public viewing. For the gallery exhibition, longer and more complex works will be considered.
  • Deadline: April 30.

Lit Youngstown Co-sponsors Visit by Nationally Respected Food Policy Advocate

 

Mark Winne, author of Closing the Food Gap: Resetting the Table in the Land of Plenty, will lead a workshop on bringing grocery stores to neighborhoods with inadequate food resources, Wed. April 5 at 12:00 at St. John’s Episcopal Church, 323 Wick Ave.mark_winne_0021

The workshop is free and open to the public and lunch is included. Reservations are required by Mon., March 27, and can be made by calling St. John’s at 330.743.3175 or emailing LitYoungstown@gmail.com.

Winne will also read at 7:00 Wed. April 5 at St. John’s, with a Q&A moderated by WYSU’s Tim Francisco. The talk is free and open to the public, and part of Lit Youngstown’s First Wednesday Reading Series. No reservations are required.

Mark Winne has forty years of experience on food policy issues, and has crossed the country speaking and consulting on hunger, food insecurity, local and regional agriculture, community food assessment, and food policy.

Winne’s visit is co-sponsored by community partners St. John’s Episcopal Church, ACTION, Common Wealth, Eastgate Regional Council of Governments, Lake to River Food Co-op, Mayor McNally, Mercy Health Partners, NYO Property Group, Second Harvest Food Bank of the Mahoning Valley, Trumbull Neighborhood Partnership, The Raymond John Wean Foundation, YWCA of Youngstown, Oak Hill Collaborative, Youngstown Metropolitan Housing Authority, Junior League of Youngstown, and Youngstown Neighborhood Development Corporation.

Closing the Food Gap is the Food for Thought April book club selection.