Monthly Archives: June 2016

Bancroft & Clayton, Ink.

Kelly & Colleen

In conjunction with the 34th Annual Women’s Artists: A Celebration! the YWCA and Lit Youngstown present a reading with Kelly Bancroft & Colleen Clayton. The reading is free and open to the public on Thurs., July 7 at the YWCA, 25 W. Rayen Ave., from 6:00-7:00.

Kelly Bancroft is a graduate of the NEOMFA program. Her poems and prose have appeared in journals such as Puerto del Sol, Literal Latte and TIME. She also writes plays and her most recent one was produced at the Pittsburgh New Works Festival. She’s won an Ohio Arts Council Individual Artist award and two Ragdale Fellowships. She’s currently on the millionth draft of a Young Adult novel she’s co-writing with local writer Colleen Clayton.

Colleen Clayton grew up outside Cleveland, and after graduating from Kent State, spent time as a social worker in residential treatment centers for troubled teens. At thirty-four she began writing stories and after spending many years in the rejection pile, her young adult novel WHAT HAPPENS NEXT was picked up by Little, Brown. It was a 2012 Ohioana Book Award nominee, a State Library Ohio Reads pick and received a starred Kirkus review. Currently, she is the program coordinator for The Northeast Ohio Masters of Fine Arts program and is working on a second novel with writer and friend Kelly Bancroft.

Ode to our Zip Codes

Thank you to O Miami! for this terrific poetry idea.

Visitors to our table at the Idora Farmers’ Market wrote five-line poems. Each zip code number = the number of words in that line. We enjoyed talking with our visitors, and they wrote some delightful poems, on the spot!

Also satisfying to see the Idora Neighborhood Farmer’s Market thriving. I came home with two kinds of jam, and blueberries, raspberries, black raspberries and plums. Mmmm, summer. –Karen


Brick and frame house—
shaggy cedar shakes and
slate roof, long covered over.

My old lovely home.


Youngstown Neighborhood Development Corporation:
all hands on deck.
Lawnmowers, planners, roofers, urban farmers.


Unabandoned is a garden
lovingly tended, somewhat wild
Little free library under pines

Come and visit me anytime you like.


I wanted a white
house. The house we
got was gray. Now it


On blissful sunny days
triumphant shouts come from
wooden tower across the street

someone dominated their fear today

All the Way from Erie

We welcome Greg Brown and Cee Williams to our July First Wednesday reading, July 6 @ 7:00, Suzie’s Dogs & Drafts, 34 N. Phelps St.

Greg Brown is an Oklahoma native who has lived ten winters in Erie, Pennsylvania with his wife, Christina, and their two sons. He is an avid backpacker and kayaker as well as poet. His poetry recently appeared in the Pea River Journal and his poem “Wine” is forthcoming in 2 Bridges Review. Greg teaches for Mercyhurst University in Erie and is the managing editor of Poets’ Hall Press.

Cee Williams is the author of Bus Riders in the Storm, My America -9 Poems for Sister Lucille,  and 12 Poems (all published by Crisis Chronicles Press)Williams was a recipient of a 2014 Chautauqua Writers Grant and founder of Poets’ Hall and Poets’ Hall Press. He is an avid fisherman and his vegetable garden was recognized as “Best Vegetable Garden” by the Bayfront East Side Task Force’s 2014 Neighborhood Beautification Awards Committee. His poetry has been showcased in Bathtub Gin, Traveling Poet, Nostrovia Poetry, Walking is Still Honest Press, and in The Voices of Erie County Anthology.

This will be a great reading, with an open mic emceed by Allison Davis. Hope you can make it!