Call for Proposals for Winter Writing Camp

Winter Writing Camp Logo-1 (2)Winter Writing Camp, February 16, 2019, will be an daylong event for writing enthusiasts of all ages and experience levels, held at St. John’s Episcopal Church and the Public Library of Youngstown & Mahoning County.

Do you have an idea for a writing workshop? Submit your proposal here. The deadline is January 7 or until all spots are filled. You may submit more than one proposal, but please submit each separately.

We are looking for workshops for kids in elementary school (who may have an adult with them) and middle school, as well as teens only, teens and adults, or all ages.

Workshops that include a writing prompt and time to write are preferred, although we will consider other kinds of sessions such as editing, plotting a novel, or researching history.

First Wednesday Features Mike Geither

Join us for a staged reading of Heirloom by Mike Geither Wednesday December 5 at 7:00 at the Soap Gallery, 117 S. Champion St. Open mic to follow (5 minutes per reader). NEOMFA Reunion Reading! Special welcome to Northeast Ohio MFA alumni, students and faculty. Also, we’ll be celebrating Comfort Food Day with cookies and cocoa.

Mike GeitherHeirloom considers the effects of incest and violence across four generations of a Cleveland family. It considers the commonalities between family dysfunction and the genocide of Native Americans carried out by the US government in a search to bring dignity and awareness to their victims.

Mike Geither is a playwright and solo performer whose works have been staged in San Francisco, Chicago, Toronto, New York and London. He is a four-time Ohio Arts Council fellow and is currently a Professor of English at Cleveland State University where he teaches in the Northeast Ohio MFA in creative writing.

Join us at the Lakeland Literary Festival

lakelandJoin us at the Lakeland Literary Festival! Lit Youngstown is pleased to be invited to participate in the book fair at Lakeland Community College in Kirtland, Ohio. We will leave at 7:00 a.m. from our office at St. John’s Episcopal Church, 323 Wick Ave. Like to ride up with us? Please let us know: LitYoungstown@gmail.com.

Celebrate the many exciting forms of literature with noted writers. The Lakeland Literary Festival is being held Nov. 30, 2018, from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. in HIVE in the H-Building.

Acclaimed writers and poets will present a variety of workshops in areas such as non-fiction, fiction, poetry, translation and publishing. There will also be a book fair with many presses, magazines and organizations.

This event is free and open to the public, but registration is required for the workshops. Register here.

The event will begin with a continental breakfast and then the workshops will run from 9-10 a.m., 10:15-11:15 a.m. and 11:30-12:30 p.m. Lunch will be available for purchase from food trucks on the campus. After lunch, at 1 p.m., keynote speaker Dave Lucas, Poet Laureate of the State of Ohio will speak. The event will close with a poetry reading by winners of the 31st Annual Poetry Competition, slated from 2-3 p.m.

For more information, contact Assistant Professor James DeMonte at  jdemonte1@lakelandcc.edu or call 440.525.7458.

Come Have Soup With Us

Hats off to the Community Foundation of the Mahoning Valley for their microfunding initiatives, giving projects a boost with both funding and community engagement.

We are crazy honored to be a presenter for the first Soup. Our pitch will be for the Winter Writing Camp February 16, a cost-free, high energy day of writing activities for writers of all ages. Other presenters are ABC Diamond Girls, Shepherd of All God’s Children, and YSUScape. Whichever project you vote for, you’re sure to walk away with a belly full of delicious soup, and a feeling that good things are happening in our communities. We hope you can make it!

Soup

Valley Soup is a microfunding dinner inspired by both the original Detroit Soup and the former Warren Soup and Youngstown Soup events. In conjunction with Giving Tuesday, the Community Foundation of the Mahoning Valley is putting on this event to spark and fund innovative projects that will benefit the Mahoning Valley.

HOW IT WORKS:
• Attendees pay $5.00 at the door (Christ Episcopal Church, 2627 Atlantic Street NE, Warren, OH 44483) and receive a ballot. There are no tickets or advanced reservations.
• Everyone listens to four (4) presentations, limited to four (4) minutes each.
• Guests have the opportunity to ask questions of each presenter for two (2) minutes.
• After the presentations, everyone eats soup, salad, and bread (included in the $5.00 entry fee), while socializing and discussing the four (4) proposals.
• During dinner, each attendee votes on their favorite presentation.
• Volunteers tally the votes and the evening’s winner gets the cash collected at the door to carry out their project.

Our four presenters have officially been announced! We’re excited to hear from ABC Diamond Girls, Lit Youngstown, Shepherd of All God’s Children, and YSUscape on #GivingTuesday.

Join us on Nov. 27th and vote for your favorite! The winner takes home the evening’s proceeds (and possibly some matching funds!) to help carry out their project!

Visit www.cfmv.org/soup for more information or contact us at info@cfmv.org | 330-743-5555.

Third Thursday Writers Circle

Would you like some 35227610_1088459824625730_3502471127521820672_ngentle feedback on new work you’ve written?

The Lit Youngstown Writers Circle will meet in our office at St. John’s Episcopal Church, 323 Wick Ave. at 6:00, Thursday, November 15. Come to the door on the right, under the arch, and ring the buzzer. Bring 10 copies of your work in progress, one poem or 3 pages (max) of prose. We welcome facilitator Dante DelBene.

Food for Thought: Crossings

Join us for a conversation about Crossings: A Doctor-Soldier’s Story by Fall Literary Festival visiting writer Jon Kerstetter. Read more about the memoir here.

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Food for Thought book discussion will meet at Cultivate Cafe, 901 Elm St., on Wednesday, November 14, 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 year’s selections by writers who have recently visited the Valley:
October 10 (Short stories) Lesley Nneka Arimah What It Means When a Man Falls From the Sky
November 14 (Memoir) Jon Kerstetter Crossings: A Doctor-Soldier’s Story
December 12 (Poetry) Allison Pitinii Davis Line Study of a Motel Clerk
January 9 (Historical Novel) Robert Olmstead Savage Country
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

Literary Mural Project Seeks Poems

Lorine NiedeckerLit Youngstown, in conjunction with Power of the Arts and Trumbull Neighborhood Partnership, seeks original poetry from poets affiliated with Mahoning and Trumbull Counties for a public art project.

The poems will be part of artistically designed murals, painted by YSU art students under the guidance of Professor Dragana Crnjak. Funding for the project will be raised through an IOBY campaign.

The winning poems will be succinct/brief and appropriate for readers of all ages. Each poet is limited to one single poem submission. Please send your submission, along with a cover letter explaining your affiliation to Trumbull or Mahoning County, to LitYoSubmissions@gmail.com. Deadline November 30.