Monthly Archives: August 2015

JCC Thomases Gallery Readings

The Jewish Community Center and Lit Youngstown announce a visual and literary arts collaboration in the form of readings during five shows in the Thomases Art Gallery. Writers from the region will be invited to engage with pieces on exhibit or read from previous work.

August 24 to October 2: Artist Chris Duncan
Artist Reception: Thursday, September 3 from 5:30-7pm
Reading: Thursday, October 1 from 7-8pm
Writers: Pauline Beck, Jeff Murphy & Jason Schuster

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October 26 to December 4: Artist Daniel Rauschenbach
Artist Reception: Tuesday, October 27 from 5:30-7pm.
Reading: Thursday, November 12 from 7-8pm
Writers: Sarah Kiepper, Terry Murcko, Neno Perotta & Kanthi Raja

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December 14 to January 22: Artist John Guy Petruzzi
Artist Reception: Thursday, December 17 5:30-7pm
Reading: Sunday, January 10 from 3-4pm
Writers: Mindi Kirchner-Greenway, Will Greenway & Susan Wojnar


February 8 to March 18: Artist Charlene Galose
Artist Reception: Thursday, February 11 from 5:30-7pm
Reading: Sunday, February 21 from 3-4pm
Writers: Paula Clarke, Bill Koch & Jordan McNeil

April 4 to May 13: Collective Resonance:  An Exhibition of Women Artists
Carol Gallo, Joy White, Jody Nudell, Blanche Weiss and Tazim Jaffer
Artist Reception: Thursday, April 7 from 5:30-7pm
Reading: Thursday, April 14 from 7-8pm
Writers: Mari Alschuler, Kelly Bancroft & Arya-Francesca Jenkins


September First Wednesday Reading Series: Major Ragain & Joe Caley

September 2, 2015, 7:00, downtown at Suzie’s Dogs & Drafts, 32 Phelps St. Free parking in the lot behind the Voinovich Building, corner of Hazel and Commerce.

Writers from the Veterans’ Writing Circle in Kent, Ohio, Major Ragain & Joe Caley read and talk about the writing group now in its eighth year. Open mic moderated by Nick Avila.

MajMaj Ragain was born on a Saturday morning in 1940 in a small farming community in Illinois. Father, a carpenter; mother, a homemaker. The poem, a thing made of language on hand, in and by hand. Wood, food, cloth, paper, that long tradition. Raised on Vernor Lake, fishing the skylights. Education, the paved road out of town. PhD, Kent State. Poetry, that dirt road winding back home, that slip knot, bridging solitude and community. Maj has taught at Kent State off and on since 1960. A Hungry Ghost Surrenders His Tackle Box is Maj’s fifth collection of poems.

Joe Caley is a decorated Vietnam combat veteran serving with the 1st  Cavalry as a point man/scout/ dog handler 1968-1969. He was a conscripted soldier and served honorably. Upon separation from military service he returned to Northeast Ohio where he became a founding member of Warriors’ Journey Home Ministry. Joe participated in a Vietnam journey for healing and reconciliation in 2010 with Soldiers Heart Ministry where he met former Viet Cong and North Vietnamese army regulars. They shared stories of war, read poetry, and had meals together.