Thanks for the Memories!

In partnership with the YSU Art Department and partially funded by a Wean Foundation Neighborhood SUCCESS Grant, Lit Youngstown is helping to create a mural on Andrews Ave. downtown.

The first step was to solicit memories from those who remember downtown–yesterday and long ago. We share the memories here. Some will be selected by YSU art students for a memory ribbon, painted throughout the mural design.

If you would like to send a memory, please do, here. We will keep the link open, so future art classes can add to the mural. There will soon be a website dedicated to the project, so we can follow the progress.

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“To discover the heartbeat of a work”: a Conversation with Quincy Flowers

Lit Youngstown’s summer intern Danny Gage asked novelist Quincy Flowers a few questions about his work and writing life. Quincy will be a featured writer at the online 2020 Fall Literary Festival September 24-26.

DG: Do your different experiences at the University of Houston and NYU influence your perspectives while writing?

Headshot 1This is an interesting way to put this question. I almost missed this part about different experiences and moved forward by describing how my experiences at UH and NYU, together, influence my writing to this day, which they positively do. But yes, they influence my writing in very different ways.

 NYU’s Graduate Creative Writing Program was housed within the English Department when I arrived and was part of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, which has specific requirements for graduation and full-time student consideration. All students in the program received special removal of one course requirement every semester so that we were taking two courses instead of the mandatory three. The argument was that we needed to have time to write. Part of what we were being offered was space to create.

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Teen Writers Workshops (Zoom)

Teen Writers Workshops
Mondays 7-8:30: July 13 & 27, August 10 & 24

Teen Writers Workshops facilitated by Carrie George will be informal, respectful gatherings for writing and creative expression. All experience levels welcome. Teens only, please.

Register one time here for the Zoom meeting room,  attend any number of workshops. Is this your first Zoom call? Here’s a quick and easy tutorial.

Meet the teaching artist: Carrie George is a poet, photographer, and MFA candidate at the Northeast Ohio MFA program. She is the current graduate fellow for the Wick Poetry Center in Kent, OH, where she teaches poetry in local schools and various community programs.

August 5: Ted Lardner & Kathleen Strafford

Join us for a First Wednesday Series reading by poets Ted Lardner & Kathleen Strafford on Zoom and Facebook Live, Wednesday, August 5 from 7:00-9:00. Open mic to follow (readers: please register for Zoom). We will also be celebrating National Oyster Day.

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Here is the link to register for Zoom. The Zoom room opens at 6:30. Is this your first Zoom call? Click here to watch a brief tutorial. To watch on Facebook Live, tune in to our Facebook page and it will begin automatically.

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Writing Workshop: Personal Narrative as Resistance

Putting the “I’s’ in Activism: Personal Narrative as a Form of Transformative Resistance

Sharing stories is one of the most fundamental means of communication. In 2020, our reliance on connecting through personal narratives is as strong as ever as we continue to use various social media platforms to share our stories with the world. Speaking out about social injustice is proving to be a powerful way to expose oppressive power dynamics and motivate change. Channeling our experiences into compelling narratives that inspire dialogue helps to heighten our awareness of the complex social issues that plague our communities. In this workshop we will focus on crafting strong, personal narratives about injustice as a form of transformative resistance, with the suggestion that sharing these narratives with your community can be a powerful tool in combating social justice issues. Continue reading

Making the Best of Things

Thanks so much to all who came out to Diane Kendig’s and Hannah Rodabaugh’s reading July 1! We loved the images the poets shared with their ekphrastic poems, and it was a kick to hear open mic readers from all over the map. Many thanks, too, to Allison Pitinii Davis & Danny Gage for hosting the evening with grace.

Here is a link to the recording.

We still miss seeing everyone, for real, but these Zoom readings have their own charm.

 

 

New Book News!

Please join us in congratulating many of our 2015-2019 First Wednesday and Fall Fest writers whose new books are coming out without the usual book launches and other gatherings to mark this important event. If you would like to support these authors by purchasing a book, please follow the links below.

Dead Shark on the N Train, poems by Susana H. Case

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In this sassy, gorgeous book, Susana H. Case takes us on one helluva ride with a dead shark as fellow passenger, brought in from the beach and left on the floor of the N Train, its jaw decorated with a Metro Card, a cigarette and a can of Red Bull. The shark is just one of the stars of Case’s seventh volume of poems. Consider, as well, “Radiance,” a scorcher of a poem about a breast: “Lie with me, lie to me,/ until your tongue burns.”  If you haven’t met up with Case’s work, it’s time you did.—David Tucker, author of Late for Work

 

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Registration is open for the Fall Literary Festival

The 4th annual Fall Literary Festival Sept. 24-26… all online. What will we miss? Hugs. kristinavogelSpontaneous conversations. Jazz. Cake. But we’ll do our best to create a welcoming, interesting and enjoyable conference. This year’s visiting writers and presenters are outstanding, with a range of topics, genres and styles.
Take a look at the conference lineup here. We’ve included audio clips of some of our presenters.

Who will enjoy the conference? Readers and writers of any experience level who are comfortable with adult themes. We have a special price for graduate students and part-time faculty, and this year we’re making it easy for faculty to bring their whole college or high school class.

Lit Youngstown Receives Relief Grants!

Please join us in thanking Ohio Humanities and Community Foundation of the Mahoning Valley for the award of grants to help offset programming cancellations due to the COVID-19 crisis.

The Arts & Culture Crisis Relief Challenge Grant from the Community Foundation of the Mahoning Valley will match up to $2500 of contributions raised in a special fundraiser by July 20.

We will also receive $3800 from the Ohio Humanities, part of the federal CARES Act of 2020 administered by the National Endowment for the Humanities.