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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.
The mission of Lit Youngstown is to increase opportunities for writers to hone their craft, share and publish their work; for writers to teach and support other writers; and for writers and readers to experience and enjoy the literary arts. 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.
Our values help us achieve our goals.
- We provide a platform for writers to share their work
- We offer access to visiting writers with a wide range of styles and experience
- We pay our teaching artists
- We keep our classes affordable and inclusive
- We foster a nurturing environment for helpful critical feedback
- We collaborate with other community organizations to extend our reach and build on the work being done here
- We recruit volunteers to help broaden the face of our organization, and help strengthen our connection to individuals
We envision a society where literacy, reading, literary creativity and ideas are valued and shared, promoting empathy, self-awareness, critical analysis, active citizenship, information and knowledge.
Support Our Work
We are always grateful for donations. We are a 501c3 non-profit organization; your gift is tax deductible to the extent allowed by law; and it is so much appreciated.
To support Lit Youngstown, please send your check payable to Lit Youngstown to our address: 323 Wick Ave. Suite #9, Youngstown OH 44503. Be sure to include your mailing address.
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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 info@lityoungstown. 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.