Monthly Archives: January 2016

Broadsides From Cranky Pressman Feature Frank Polite Poem

For those of you who ordered a letterpress broadside from our Indiegogo campaign–we are mailing them out today, or have wrapped them carefully for hand delivery to you.

Thank you to our contributors! and to Cranky Pressman for the fine work. The selection of the paper, “junk mail,” is perfect for this poem, a love poem in turbulent times.

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Whenever we can, we turn to local businesses, artisans and artists for whatever it is that we need. We know if we all support one another, we will be a stronger community. And the connections we’ve made have been fantastic.

If you missed our campaign but would like to purchase a broadside, please send us a note at LitYoungstown@gmail.com.

 

Art as Muse: Poetry Writing Workshop

Ekphrasis is a literary art made after a visual art; for example, a poem inspired by a photograph. Join Nin Andrews and Karen Schubert for a workshop on writing ekphrastic poetry. We will meet at the McDonough Museum of Art on Wick Ave. and engage with the works on exhibit. No required registration, fee or experience. Please bring pen & paper. Wed. Feb. 24th, 6:00-7:30 p.m. For examples of ekphrastic poetry, visit the online journal Ekphrastic: writing and art on art and writing.Spike 

“Spike” by Tony Armeni will be on exhibit, along with other work in the YSU Art Department Faculty Show.

 

We Welcome Our Spring Interns!

We have two interns this semester: Adrianna Mayes, a YSU English major, and Sam Amazing, a fiction writer in the Northeast Ohio Master of Fine Arts. Their talents, experience and enthusiasm will be a great addition to our team dynamics.

Adrianna Mayes is from Warren.

AdriannaAbout herself, she writes, “I am an English Major at YSU and hope to pursue my Ph D. in the future. I write articles for Odyssey at YSU and I also write a miscellaneous blog. I am currently minoring in Theatre and I have a passion for acting. I enjoy writing in many forms, reading prose and poetry, viewing films and attending concerts (mainly rock n’ roll). I enjoy learning about history and I love to travel. I am married and live with my husband and our wonderful dog. Someday I would like to teach at a University and own a record store. Until then, I’m truly enjoying the journey!”

Sam Amazing has a BA in English from Hiram College, and a BS in secondary education from YSU.  He is currently receiving his masters degree in fiction writing through in the NEOMFA Samprogram through YSU.  This is what brought him into contact with Lit Youngstown.  Sam spends much of his time writing, and under the pen name Samuel Eden has had several stories published online, dabbled in self-publishing on Amazon.com, and maintains a writing advice blog–The Hemlock Notations–at samueleden.com.  Right now his biggest project is a play, The Last Stand on Mango Street, being produced for the upcoming CSU playwrights’ festival.  He lives in Warren with his insightful, beautiful, and funny (did he mention funny?) wife Sarah and their two cats and dog.

Bill Lawson Presents to a Full House

DSC_0143Despite our first blast of winter weather, Bill Lawson filled the house in early January when he gave an interesting talk on historic Youngstown “Puddler Poet” Michael McGovern. Lawson put McGovern’s poems in historical, economic, occupational and literary context when he talked about immigration patterns, the job of a “puddler,” and the style and popularity of McGovern’s poems, which take up the cause of the laborer.

DSC_0116We learned that McGovern lived to be 84 or 85 (sources conflict), much longer than most iron workers. It was “hard, heavy, dangerous work; the lifespan of puddlers and helpers after the Civil War was less than 40 years. The hours were long (12-13 per day, six days per week); wages low.” Certainly it was beneficial to McGovern’s health when he “left the iron and steel industry during a strike; worked as a State of Ohio Oil Inspector (obituary) and foreman in the Youngstown Street Department (1920 Census).”

Michael McGovern’s poetry was published in The Youngstown Vindicator and the Youngstown Telegram, cultural periodicals like Gaelic American, and The Amalgamated Journal. His collection Labor Lyrics and Other Poems was published by the Youngstown Vindicator Press in 1899.

Interested in reading poems from this collection? Visit the Ohio Memory Collection.

February First Wednesday Series Reading: Philip Brady, Lynn Lurie & Student Contributors to CROW

Our February reading will be worth the cold car! We will kick off with two seasoned authors, and then welcome student writers published in CROW: Compose, a Review of Writing, from YSU’s composition program.

Wednesday February 3, 7:00, downtown at Suzie’s Dogs & Drafts, 32 N. Phelps St.
Free parking in the lot behind the Voinovich Building, corner of Hazel and Commerce.

PHIL_PROMO_10Philip Brady is a poet, essayist and editor. He will be reading from his latest book To Banquet with the Ethiopians: A Memoir of Life Before the Alphabet (Broadstone, 2015).

He has published three collections of poems, Fathom (WordTech Press, 2007), Weal (Ashland, 2000), and Forged Correspondences (New Myths, 1996), which was chosen for Ploughshares “Editor’s Shelf” by Maxine Kumin. He has also published a memoir, To Prove My Blood: A Tale of Emigrations & the Afterlife (Ashland, 2003). His poetry and fiction have appeared in over fifty journals in the United States and Ireland, including: The Literary Review, Hotel Amerika, The American Literary Review, The Graham House Review, The Belfast Literary Supplement, and Poetry Review.

Brady holds a Ph.D. from Binghamton University. He has taught at University College Cork in Ireland, as a Peace Corps Volunteer at the National University of Zaire, and in the Semester at Sea Program. Currently, he is a Distinguished Professor of English at Youngstown State University. He is also the co-founder and Executive Director for Etruscan Press, and he plays in the New-Celtic band, Brady’s Leap.

Lurie picLynn Lurie is an attorney with an MA in international affairs and an MFA in writing. She is a graduate of Barnard College and Columbia University. She served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Ecuador and currently volunteers as a translator and administrator on medical trips to South America that provide surgery free of charge to children. She is also a mentor at Girls Write Now in New York City. Quick Kills is her second novel.

crowPhil Brady & Lynn Lurie will be followed by student contributors of CROW, Compose: A Review of Writing, featuring essays from YSU’s English Composition program. Angela Messenger of the YSU Writing Center is the faculty adviser and publication editor.

 

 

We welcome these students to the stage, to read their essays.

Charin George “The Foodie”

Andrew Cruickshank “Probability of Resolving Nutrition Problems Among Youth in Schools”

Stephen Vidman “Stem Cell Research: The Policies and Potential”

Pedro Morales “Awake”

Michael Kosonovinich “Untitled”

Erin Collins “Untitled”

Savannah Campbell “Untitled”

Amy Allen “Mandatory GMO Labeling”