First Wed. Features Youngstown Memories

Join us for a First Wednesday Series reading by Susan Petrone & William Heath, whose work draws on personal and family memories of life in Youngstown. Open mic to follow. Co-hosted by Cheryl Torsney & Karen Schubert. Register here for the Zoom room (opens at 6:30). This reading will also be livestreamed on Facebook.


Susan Petrone lives with one husband, one child, and far too many animals in Cleveland, Ohio, but traces her family history back to Youngstown’s Smoky Hollow and Brier Hill neighborhoods. She is the author of the novels Throw Like a Woman (2015), The Super Ladies (2018), and The Heebie-Jeebie Girl (2020).

William Heath has published two chapbooks, Night Moves in Ohio and Leaving Seville, and a book of poems, The Walking Man; three novels: The Children Bob Moses Led, Blacksnake’s Path, and Devil Dancer; an award-winning work of history, William Wells and the Struggle for the Old Northwest; and a collection of interviews: Conversations with Robert Stone.

2020 First Wednesday Readers Series:
October 7 Kelly Bancroft (play), Jessica Jewell (poetry)
November 4 Craig Paulenich (poetry) & James Winter (fiction) NEOMFA reunion reading
December 2 Heather Dobbins (poetry) & Barbara Sabol (poetry)

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