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Lit Youngstown is a literary arts non-profit founded in 2015 in Youngstown, Ohio, by Liz Hill & Karen Schubert. Youngstown has a long and abundant history of writers, all the way back to Irish immigrant ironworker Michael McGovern, the “Puddler Poet,” who published his verse in the late 1800s to national acclaim. Today Youngstown celebrates award-winning poets, fiction and non-fiction writers and journalists, as well as presses, programs and publications. The literary, musical and visual arts generate a tremendous amount of economic activity in our region, and are a critical element in making Youngstown a great place to live.
Lit Youngstown’s programs and events are focused on many aspects of the literary arts: honing craft; publishing; performing; and engaging with literature. Classes and workshops are taught by skilled writers and scholars for writers and readers of varying ages and experience levels. A monthly First Wednesday Series prose and poetry reading with a visiting author is followed by an open mic, so anyone in the community can share their work. A monthly Writers Circle Critique Group allows writers to give and receive close feedback in a supportive and respectful environment. Food for Thought, a monthly book club, hosts discussion on books of fiction, non-fiction and poetry. And numerous collaborations and events aim for a rich menu of literary offerings.
We believe that the acts of writing and reading foster creativity, an increased understanding of the self, a strengthening of community, and a broader knowledge of the world.
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Click here to see our 2016 Annual Report.
Lit Youngstown strives to be an information source for literary gigs happening all over the region. Is there a program or event you’d like us to know about? Is there a class you would like to take or teach? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lit Youngstown does not discriminate on the basis of age, gender, gender expression, physical disability, sexual orientation, race, national origin, marital status, military status, or religion. We are committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all members of our staff, volunteers, instructors, subcontractors, vendors, and clients.
We welcome all participants. If you need special accommodations at any of our events, or have questions about the physical access provided, please contact us in advance of your participation.
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