The CROW Returns!

crowYoungstown State University Writing Center Director Angela Messenger hosts February’s First Wednesday reading, featuring YSU students published in CROW: College Review of Writing. No open mic this month.

Wednesday, February 6 @ 7:00 at The Soap Gallery, 117 S. Champion St. Street parking.

We will also be celebrating National Chopsticks Day! Word on the street is somebody’s making pot stickers. Hope you can make it.

Winter Writing Camp Registration Open

Click here to register for our second annual Winter Writing Camp! Winter Writing Camp Logo-1 (2)

Join us for an enjoyable, high-energy day of writing and storytelling Saturday, February 16, 9:30-3:00, at St. John’s Episcopal Church and the main library on Wick Ave. Seats are limited so register soon, but if you are unable to attend, please let us know right away. The deadline is February 1 or when all seats are full.

Word play, blackout poetry, writing the fantastical, adding mystery to your story, free writing and many more topics and activities will be on the menu, as well as cookies & open mic for those who would like to bring a poem or story to share.

The Winter Writing Camp is co-hosted by St. John’s Episcopal Church and the Public Library of Youngstown & Mahoning County, with sessions for all writers, from kindergarten up, and all levels of experience. Participants under the age of 12 must be accompanied by an adult. 

Free registration includes lunch. Free childcare all day for children 5 and under. It is allowable for adults to bring small, non-disruptive children into sessions, but we hope that offering childcare will give adults a moment to enjoy uninterrupted time with older children.

If you have a disability, please let us know when you register. We’d like to the make the day as enjoyable as possible for you.

We will meet at 9:30 at St. John’s, where each participant will receive a schedule and list of sessions. Please park in the lot at St. John’s or the library, or behind St. John’s on Walnut St. by the MVR. As we will be walking between buildings, weather-wise outerwear and footwear are recommended.

Questions? Let us know: Info@LitYoungstown.org.

Join us in thanking our sponsors who make this day possible: the Nathalie & James Andrews Foundation; Harrington, Hoppe & Mitchell, Ltd.; the Community Foundation of the Mahoning Valley; Crist & Rosemary Weaver; the First Unitarian Universalist Church of Youngstown & Cultivate: a Co-op Café. Thank you!
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Literally: a Party

partyWe’re throwing a member celebration Saturday, January 26 from 6:00-9:00 at the First Unitarian Universalist Church of Youngstown, 1105 Elm St.

We’ll be serving up appetizers (National Peanut Brittle Day!), a brief reading by Lit Youngstown board members, and Daniel Mihelarakis, Brendan Gage, Ian Kinnamin will play jazz and Latin music. If you’ve got dancing shoes, polish them up!

Fall Literary Festival and Fall Fundraiser contributor-members will receive invitations in the mail, and membership will be available at the door for donations of any amount. What better way to get through the dark and dreary than to gather up in good company.

Claudia Rankine at Parma-Snow Library January 23

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Many of you joined our Food for Thought discussion of Citizen: An American Lyric last year, part of our series on the American experience. Claudia Rankine will be in conversation with Ohio Poet Laureate Dave Lucas at the Parma-Snow branch of the Cuyahoga County Public Library on Wednesday, January 23, at 7:00. The event is free with registration.

January 9 Food for Thought: Savage Country

Many of you enjoyed the reading and craft talk by Robert Olmstead at our 2017 Fall Literary Festival. Join us for a conversation about Olmstead’s Savage Country. “For weeks countless swarms of locusts, brown-black and brick-yellow, darkened the air like ash from a great conflagration, their jaws biting all things for what could be eaten.”

You can find copies of the book at the Mahoning and Trumbull County libraries, YSU Maag Library via OhioLink, from the publisher, and at the YSU Barnes & Noble.

Food for Thought book discussion will be hosted by our community partner Cultivate Cafe, 901 Elm St., on Wednesday, January 9, from 6:00-7:00 pm. If you would like to order a bite to eat, please arrive well before the counter closes at 6:00. Haven’t read the book yet? No worries. Join us. Here are this series’ upcoming selections by writers who have recently visited the Valley:

February 13 (Nonfiction) Austin Channing Brown|I’m Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made For Whiteness
March 13 (Novel, Speculative Fiction) Kelly Link|Get in Trouble
April 10 (Memoir) Scott Simon|Unforgettable
May 15 (Nonfiction) Cokie Roberts|Founding Mothers: The Women Who Raised Our Nation

Third Thursday Writers Circle

pexels-photo-1266005Would you like some gentle feedback on new work you’ve written? Bring 10 copies (one poem or short story excerpt, 5 pages max.) to the Third Thursday Writers Circle.

We will meet in our office at St. John’s Episcopal Church, 323 Wick Ave. at 6:00, Thursday, January 17. Come to the door on the right, under the stone archway, and ring the buzzer.

First Wednesday Reading & All That Jazz

Join us for a prose and poetry reading, followed by live jazz by Matt Jackson & Dan Mihelarakis! Also, we’ll be celebrating National Cream Puff Day. No open mic this month. Wednesday January 2 at the Soap Gallery, 117 S. Champion St. 7:00. Street parking or in the lot at the corner of Front & Champion Streets.

Marion Boyer

Marion Starling Boyer has three published poetry collections and her fourth book, The Sea Was Never Far, is forthcoming this spring from Main Street Rag. Boyer’s work has been nominated for a Pushcart, the Lenore Marshall Award, and the “Best of the Net.” She’s recently moved to Twinsburg from Kalamazoo, Michigan.

 

Arya F. Jenkins’s short stories received three separate nominations for the Pushcart in 2018. Her poetry chapbooks are Jewel FireArya.Sept.2018 3 (AllBook Books, 2011) and Silence Has A Name (Finishing Line Press, 2016). Her short story collection, Blue Songs in an Open Key, was published by Fomite Press in 2018.