Food for Thought: Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude (Zoom)

Tess Taylor of NPR describes Ross Gay’s Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude: “Gay’s poems burst forth in leggy, unexpected ways, zooming in on legs furred with pollen or soil breast-stroking into the xylem.”

Wednesday, November 11, 2020 at 6 PM EST – 7 PM EST on Zoom. Register here. Copies of this book are available through Maag Library via the OhioLink, and the YSU Barnes and Noble. Haven’t read the book yet? No worries. Join us.

Celebrating New Books!

Our new reading series is well underway! We’re making the best of the lockdown by hosting readers with new books and engaging them in conversation about writing and book-making. Have you published a book in 2020? We’d love to celebrate with you. Tell us a bit about yourself and your new book here.

Many readings are in the queue, all on Sundays, all live on our YouTube channel. Open the link and the reading will livestream.

November 1 at 4:00 PM EST
Elana Bell, Susana H. Case & Mervyn Taylor

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Three poems by Tala Mulla

Participants in the teen writers workshop have written fine work! Many thanks to Tala for sharing three poems here. To register for the workshop which meets on Zoom on the 2nd Monday of the month from 7:00-8:30 (teens only, please), click here.

Parallel Universes

There are only so many parallel universes that concern us.
In one, time doesn’t go by like a feather in the wind. 
Nor do we have to do things against our will.
Where kids can be kids and no one can tell us otherwise.
Where you can sit on a hill and watch the sunset until the end of the world.
Where there isn’t any trespassing signs for property that doesn’t belong to anyone.
Where you can be young, wild, and adventurous. 
We can have these universes, but we must be responsible for the universe where the world isn’t constantly changing for the better. 
Where you can’t appreciate the little things in life.
Where you can’t capture a special moment with one click.
Nor can you block the less finer things in life.
Where you can’t be who you want to be 
And put on a filter to please others.    

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1st Wed. Features Craig Paulenich, James Winter, NEOMFA Reunion Reading (Zoom & Facebook Live)

Poet Craig Paulenich (L) Fiction writer James Winter (R)

Join us on Zoom and Facebook Live for a First Wednesday Series reading by Craig Paulenich & James Winter. Wednesday November 4 at 7:00 PM EST. Co-hosted by Cassandra Lawton. Special invitation to students, graduates & faculty of the Northeast Ohio Master of Fine Arts. Open mic to follow. Register here to attend on Zoom.

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Meet Our Intern

Cassandra Lawton is a student in the Northeast Ohio Master of Fine Arts program. She received her bachelor’s in Human Development and Family Studies and her master’s in Social Work from Michigan State University. Her career goal is to bring creative writing and its healing effects into therapeutic and community spaces, with a focus on expressive therapy and community outreach. Cassandra predominately writes fiction and is currently working on a high fantasy novel focusing on the bond between two sisters.