Monthly Archives: October 2015

Winter Wheat Festival of Writing

Lit Youngstown will represent at the Winter Wheat writing conference in mid-November on the campus of Bowling Green State University. Liz Hill and Karen Schubert will present at two sessions, amid a wide range of writing and publishing topics, and excellent readings.

Consider joining us, if you can get away for one, two or three days. To find out more, visit the Winter Wheat website here. You can pre-register online.

Winter Wheat Postcard

A Year of Readings

Curious to know who will be headlining our First Wed. Reading Series at Suzie’s Dogs & Drafts? It’s a great lineup. Hope you can make it!

November 4, 2015: Philip Metres, poetry
John Carroll University English Professor Phil Metres reads from his book Sand Opera.

December 3, 2015: Jeanne Bryner, Karen Kotrba & Sherri Saines, poetry
Three women poets with Appalachian roots will read their poems.

January 6, 2016: Bill Lawson presents Michael McGovern, poetry/Youngstown history
The Executive Director of the Mahoning Valley Historical Society talks about the “Puddler Poet,” a famous Youngstown steelworker.

February 3, 2016: Philip Brady, poetry & Lynn Lurie, fiction, CROW contributors
YSU English Professor and Etruscan Press director Phil Brady will read from his new book, To Banquet with the Ethiopians. Lynn Lurie will read from her new book Quick Kills, published by Etruscan Press.
Readings will be followed by YSU students featured in the newest issue of CROW (Compose: a Review of Writing).

March 2, 2016: Chris Jennings & students, journalism
TEDx speaker and Canfield English teacher and students talk about using journalism to understand community. Special guest David Giffels.

April 6, 2016: Adam Hughes & Barbara Sabol, poetry
April is National Poetry Month, and we welcome two Ohio poets.

May 4, 2016: John Borroughs, Dianne Borsenick & Matthew Minicucci, poetry
John & Dianne are Cleveland poets with an energetic, working class aesthetic. Matthew is a Wick Poetry Center (Kent State Press) book winner.

June 1, 2016: Mary Biddinger & Mary Quade, poetry
University of Akron poet Mary Biddinger reads from her new book, Small Enterprise;
Hiram College poet Mary Quade reads from her new book, Local Extinctions.

July 6, 2016: Greg Brown & Cee Williams, poetry
Two poets from Erie travel to the Yo to share their good words.

August 3, 2016: Randi Pappa, fiction
Randi Pappa takes on difficult themes in her novel, Under the Rock.

September 7, 2016: Jamie Marich, non-fiction
Dr. Marich speaks on her book, Dancing Mindfulness, about using creative movement to focus the mind.

Monday October 3, 2016: Christopher Barzak, fiction
YSU English professor reads from his newest book of speculative fiction.

November 2, 2016: James DeMonte & Tobin Terry, fiction & poetry
Graduates of the Northeast Ohio Master of Fine Arts read their work.

December 7, 2016: Cathy Seckman, non-fiction
Writer Cathy Seckman reads from her historical book, East Liverpool.

November First Wednesday Series Reading: Philip Metres

Metres_Philip2011-448November 4, 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.

After the featured reader at 7:00, musician Shiloh Hawkins will take the stage, followed by an open mic emceed by neighborhood developer Thomas Hetrick.

Lit Youngstown welcomes poet and scholar Philip Metres, professor of English at John Carroll University. His numerous books of poetry and translation are Sand Opera (2015), I Burned at the Feast: Selected Poems of Arseny Tarkovsky (2015), Compleat Catalogue of Comedic Novelties: Poetic Texts of Lev Rubinstein (2014), Concordance of Leaves (2013), abu ghraib arias (2011), Ode to Oil (2011), To See the Earth (2008), Behind the Lines: War Resistance Poetry on the American Homefront since 1941 (2007),  Instants (2006), Primer for Non-Native Speakers (2004), Catalogue of Comedic Novelties: Selected Poems of Lev Rubinstein (2004), and A Kindred Orphanhood: Selected Poems of Sergey Gandlevsky (2003).11949351_10100206662833211_6587261064980724557_n

Philip will be reading from his most recent book, Sand Opera, which has won awards and national acclaim. According to the publisher, “Philip Metres exposes our common humanity while investigating the dehumanizing perils of war and its lasting effect on our culture.”

Memoir Workshop at Hubbard Public Library

The Hubbard Public Library is taking part in the One Book/One Community project, encouragiWest-Virginia-Rocket-Boys-Homer-H-Hickam-Jrng library patrons to read bestseller Rocket Boys by Homer Hickam, Jr., the book that inspired the movie October Sky.

Lit Youngstown writers Liz Hill and Karen Schubert will offer a memoir writing workshop for teens and another for adults on Thursday, October 15.

For more information on the book and events at local participating libraries: