Monthly Archives: May 2016

Got Raffle Tickets?

The web photo of this original 18 x 24 inch oil on canvas by celebrated artist Christopher Leeper. does not do it proper justice. It’s a knock out! Here are some close ups that show the brush strokes and detail.


Do you have your tickets yet? Raffle tickets are $3.00 each, or 2 for $5.00. We will pull the winning ticket at the YSU Summer Festival of the Arts, July 10.  Your ticket will support the literary arts and a visual artist.

You can purchase tickets on line via Paypal, using the MAKE A DONATION button below. Just enter the amount you’d like to donate and enter your contact info using the “special instructions to the seller” option. We’ll translate your donation into raffle tickets when we get the notification email, and you will have a chance to win this beautiful painting. You can also send a check made out to Lit Youngstown to us at PO Box 804, Youngstown OH 44501. Questions? Email us at

Esteemed Marys to Read June 1

We are thrilled to welcome two esteemed poets, Mary Biddinger and Mary Quade, to our First Wednesday Reading Series June 1, 7 PM at Suzies Dogs and Drafts downtown. An open mic will follow.

biddinger-15_2Mary Biddinger is the author of four full-length collections of poetry, most recently Small Enterprise (Black Lawrence Press, 2015). Her work has appeared in Denver Quarterly, Green Mountains Review, jubilat, The Laurel Review, and Pleiades, among others. She is a Professor of English at the University of Akron, where she teaches poetry writing and literature, and edits the Akron Series in Poetry at the University of Akron Press. She is the recipient of a 2015 National Endowment for the Arts creative writing fellowship in poetry, and is currently working on a book-length volume of prose poems.

Mary Quade 2012Mary Quade is the author of the poetry collections Guide to Native Beasts (Cleveland State University Poetry Center) and Local Extinctions (Gold Wake). She has received three Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence Awards. Her poetry and essays have appeared in many journals and in the new anthologies New Poetry from the Midwest 2014 (New American), From Curlers to Chainsaws: Women and Their Machines (Michigan State University); and Creating Nonfiction: Twenty Essays and Interviews with Writers (SUNY). Her essay “Hatch” was chosen as a Notable Essay for Best American Essays 2013. She teaches creative writing at Hiram College.

Welcome New Board Members

Lit Youngstown is pleased to welcome two new members to its Board of Directors: Sean Posey and Bill Soldan. Both are experienced writers with a passion for literature and a deep commitment to Youngstown. We look forward to creating great things together.

POSEYSean T. Posey is a freelance writer, photographer and historian. He holds a bachelor’s degree in photojournalism from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco and a master’s degree in history from Youngstown State University. His work has been featured in a wide variety of publications, including the San Francisco Chronicle, CityLab and San Francisco Magazine. Sean’s work is featured in the books Car Bombs to Cookie Tables: The Youngstown Anthology and The Pittsburgh Anthology, both by Belt Publishing. His first book, Lost Youngstown, was released this April. He is currently working on election year coverage with Bill Moyers.

BillWilliam R. Soldan received his BA in English Literature from Youngstown State University, where he was formerly the head fiction-editor of the student-run online literary magazine Jenny. He currently studies fiction and poetry in the Northeast Ohio MFA program and teaches English Composition at YSU. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in a number of publications such as The Fictioneer, Floyd County Moonshine, New World Writing, The Vignette Review, Thuglit, Elm Leaves Journal and others. He lives in Youngstown, Ohio, with his wife and son.