Monthly Archives: November 2015

Thank You to the Nathalie and James Andrews Foundation

We are so grateful for a recent and generous gift from the Nathalie and James Andrews Foundation. This contribution will allow us continued programming and development, and we are so appreciative.

We have quite a few projects in the works. Expect some breaking news after the holidays! And thank you again to the Andrews Foundation for their support and faith in us.

December First Wednesday Series Reading: Three Appalachian Women Poets

Join us for the last First Wednesday Reading Series of 2015. Wow, what a great year, and what a lineup. December 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. Open mic emceed by Lit Youngstown writer Tracy McQuillan.

At this reading, we will be taking a special collection of “Mom gifts” for children at the Beatitude House to give their mothers for Christmas. If you’d like to contribute, gift ideas include scarves, socks, slippers, dish towels, lotions, soaps, books, jewelry (no candles, please). If you have a gift but can’t make the reading, let us know:

Jeanne BrynerJeanne Bryner, RN, BA, CEN, is a graduate of Trumbull Memorial’s School of Nursing and Kent State University’s Honors College. She has received writing fellowships from Buckness University, the Ohio Arts Council and Vermont Studio Center. She has a new play, Foxglove Canyon.


532209_4097995261552_765155910_n Karen KKaren Kotrba is the author of She Who is Like a Mare (Bottom Dog Press), poems of Mary Breckenridge and the Frontier Nursing Service. She has taught writing for 25 years at Baldwin-Wallace College, Kent State East Liverpool, Kent State Trumbull, and Youngstown State University.

Sherri Reenacter

Sherri Saines is a librarian, mother, eighteenth-century reenactor, dancer and poet. She has been reading, writing, memorizing, and performing poetry since her grandmother gave her A Golden Book of Poetry for her 6th birthday. She has been published in Pig Iron, Allegheny Magazine, Mothering Magazine, Muse, Clover, Penguin Review and other small press publications. Her poems have been anthologized in The Ides of March (2012) and Everything Stops and Listens. Her non-literary husband, Steve, is her best critic and greatest support.

Thanks for all the Love!

Wow. Just wow. We are so grateful and excited about reaching our goal in our Indiegogo campaign. We are busy planning our next steps in using the funds the way we said we would. We already have an appointment at Youngstown Design Works, the office where smart and creative YSU students designed our logo. This time we’re looking for designs for business cards, an informational tri-fold, and the bookmarks and bumper stickers that are Indiegogo thank you gifts. We’ll support local artists and entrepreneurs as much as we can.

If you were a contributor, you’ll hear from us soon. Again, thank you, and also thanks to all of our volunteers, facilitators, readers, emcees, attendees and friends. We couldn’t be Lit Youngstown without you.