Lit Youngstown writers Paula Clarke, Bill Koch & Jordan McNeil will read in the Thomases Family Gallery Sun. Feb. 21 at 3:00, amid an installation of portraits by local artist Charlene Galose. Writers are invited to engage with the paintings, or bring work from other inspirations.
The Jewish Community Center is at 505 Gypsy Lane, across from the Northside Hospital. There is free parking on the east side of the building.
Paula Clarke was a long-time resident of the North Side of Youngstown. She grew up and was nourished in that enlightened environment. Opportunities came along to live in China and Spain for many years, and from those places she has traveled widely and written as she went. Much of her writing explores Eastern ideas. Is life a dream? How do fate and destiny combine to form one’s life? How can we find the silence under everything? Her favorite quote is from Lao Tzu: If I can let go of what I am, I will become what I might be.
Bill Koch was born the last year the Browns were NFL champions. He likes walks on the beach and world peace, and he doesn’t like pina coladas.
Jordan McNeil has been writing for an awfully long time. She recently earned her B.A. in Professional and Technical Writing from Youngstown State University, and is currently enrolled in the NEOMFA program for fiction. She’s the head editor of the online lit mag Jenny Magazine, and has her work previously published in the Penguin Review, Jenny, and The Jambar, YSU’s student newspaper.