About Lit Youngstown

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Lit Youngstown is a non-profit literary arts organization founded in 2015 in Youngstown, Ohio. Youngstown has a long and abundant history of writers, beginning with immigrant steelworker Michael McGovern, the “Puddler Poet,” who published his verse in the late 1800s. 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. Our programs and events are focused on many aspects of the literary arts: honing craft; publishing; performing; and engaging with literature. Classes taught by skilled writers and scholars are offered each spring, summer and fall, for writers and readers of varying ages and experience levels. We host a monthly first Wednesday prose and poetry reading with a special guest, followed by an open mic.

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.

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 lityoungstown@gmail.com.

Click here to join our mailing list to be notified of upcoming events.

Click here to see our 2016 Annual Report.

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Lit Youngstown/P.O. Box 804/Youngstown, OH/44501

5 thoughts on “About Lit Youngstown

  1. finnegandaley

    Dear Lit Youngstown Team,

    This is a great idea you have, and I wish you all the best. I’m not in the area anymore, but like to keep up with events for old time’s sake, and ran into a story about your site. It sounds like you have a lot of great talent and events lined up.

    If you have any works you’d like an unpublished, aspiring author to review, please feel free to send them my way. Firstname dot lastname at yahoo dot com. Or you can drop into comments on my WordPress site.

    Sometimes it’s a good idea to get an outside view of things, or bounce stuff off of someone who doesn’t know that well.



  2. Brian

    I am one of the Creators of YNGSTWN+ and we would like to work with you on promoting all your events and your cause. We are already promoting some of your events as it is. Please feel free to email us anything you need help with promotion wise.


  3. William Heath

    I am a Youngstown-born author who grew up in Poland, Ohio, attended Hiram College and Case Western Reserve, where I received a Ph.D. in American Studies, before teaching at Kenyon. I am the author of three novels: The Children Bob Moses Led; Blacksnake’s Path: and Devil Dancer, as well as a book of poems, The Walking Man. My most recent book, William Wells and the Struggle for the Old Northwest, won two Spur Awards for the best Historical Nonfiction work and the best first Nonfiction work, and was a finalist for the Ohioana Award, losing out to David McCullough. Might you be interested in having me come give a reading/workshop/presentation? For more on my work, see my website linked below.
    Many thanks for your consideration. William Heath


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