Monthly Archives: June 2015

July First Wednesday Reading: Larry Smith & Paul Gentile



July 1, 2015, 7:00, downtown at Suzie’s Dogs & Drafts, 32 Phelps St. Free parking in the lot behind the Voinovich Building, corner of Hazel aperf6.000x9.000.inddnd Commerce.

This will be another excellent reading, and a nice continuation of our own stories after the Youngstown anthology reading. After the reading, an open mic will be moderated by Youngstown author Carmen Leone.

Larry Smith is the editor of Bottom Dog Press and longtime, award-winning writer. He has published dozens of books of poetry, fiction and non-fiction as well as films. Larry will read from his own work, and will be joined by Paul Gentile, whose book Bottom Dog Press published this year. Salvatore and Maria: Finding Paradise is a family immigrant story. Here is what other writers have to say about this book:

Paul Gentile takes you along on Salvatore’s journey as he leaves Italy in 1902, works in the mines of Colorado, falls in love with Maria and moves to the Pittsburgh area to work in the mills. Like so many of that time, Salvatore rarely complains and takes his greatest joy in his family. The story that Gentile weaves here will ring true to nearly everyone in America. This book is for historians as well as those who enjoy a good family story.  ~Kathleen Ganster

Through fine writing and a remarkable level of research, Paul L. Gentile’s book is a compelling read, a powerful reminder of our shared history as American immigrants. ~Karen Kotrba


Lit Youngstown at Summer Festival of the Arts!

Organizers of the Summer Festival of the Arts and Lit Youngstown announce a public literary art project as a component of the Summer Festival of the Arts, July 11 and 12 at and around YSU. 

Literary submissions of 50 words (maximum) of ekphrastic writing—writing that is inspired by any work of art—is solicited. Writers may view images of accepted Summer Festival of the Arts artists at for inspiration, or submit writing on any artwork. Previously published work is eligible for submission. The deadline for submissions is Sunday, June 21.

To submit, email your submission as an attachment to In the body of the email, include a cover letter with your name, city and state, publication credit (if applicable) and a sentence or two about the way art is important in your life.

Entries will be screened by Lit Youngstown staff and then juried by a guest judge. The winning submission will be printed on a reusable, sustainable tote bag which will be distributed to the public at the Summer Festival of the Arts.

All submissions will be displayed at the Lit Youngstown booth during the Summer Festival of the Arts where patrons will be able to view the ekphrastic writing, and where they will be invited to write the endings of positive affirmation statements such as, “I wish I had the courage to….” A real-time Powerpoint presentation of the statements will be projected on the back wall of the tent. Several readings and performances will take place throughout the two-day event. In addition, Lit Youngstown volunteers will lead ekphrastic freewriting tours to artists’ booths where participants will freewrite, using local art as inspiration. There will also be a raffle to win an original sculpture bird bath created by metal sculptor Tony Armeni. Tickets cost $3.00 or two for $5.00. Lit Youngstown will use the proceeds for programming.