Lit Youngstown’s co-directors:
Karen is a Northeast Master of Fine Arts grad, the author of four chapbooks, and has published poetry, interviews, fiction and creative non-fiction in numerous journals including Waccamaw, Best American Poetry Blog, PoetsArtists, The Louisville Review and American Literary Review.
She’s been dreaming up Lit Youngstown for a few years and is thrilled over how much we’ve been able to do in such a short time.
Liz is a writer and spiritual director who has led workshops in creative process, discovering authentic voice, and un-journaling. She has a masters in non-profit management from Regis University, and has held leadership positions in a number of book-related non-profits in her previous home, Denver Colorado.
Lit Youngstown’s Board of Directors:
Davita earned a BA in Psychology at the College of Wooster and an MS in Social Psychology at Penn State University. She enjoys public speaking and working for the common good. Her public speaking landed her First Place in extemporaneous speaking at the Youngstown Toastmasters Club Contest held in September 2016. She is happy to serve as a member of the Board of Directors as she sees Lit Youngstown as serving a critical need for artistic self-expression in Youngstown.
Kris has an MA in English Literature from YSU and has been teaching writing at the college level for 20 years with a focus on developmental writing. Her non-fiction writing has been published in The Sun, Jenny, and the Dictionary of Literary Biography. She served on the board of trustees at the Oakland Center for the Arts for five years.
Melissa graduated from YSU as a non-traditional student after spending some time in the world; she earned a Nonprofit Leadership Certificate along with her general studies degree. Her work in nonprofit allows her to give back to Youngstown, the community she loves. She is proud of her family roots in the area and she and her husband are raising two amazing children here. In her (alleged) spare time Melissa loves to jog and knit.
Sean T. Posey
Sean is a freelance writer, photographer and historian. He holds a bachelor’s degree in photojournalism from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco and a master’s degree in history from Youngstown State University. His work has been featured in a wide variety of publications, including the San Francisco Chronicle, CityLab and San Francisco Magazine. Sean’s work is featured in the books Car Bombs to Cookie Tables: The Youngstown Anthology and The Pittsburgh Anthology, both by Belt Publishing. His first book, Lost Youngstown, was released in April 2016. Sean works on political coverage with Bill Moyers and writes for Business Journal Daily.
William R. Soldan
Bill received his BA in English Literature from Youngstown State University, where he was formerly the head fiction-editor of the student-run online literary magazine Jenny. He currently studies fiction and poetry in the Northeast Ohio MFA program and teaches English Composition at YSU. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in a number of publications such as The Fictioneer, Floyd County Moonshine, New World Writing, The Vignette Review, Thuglit, Elm Leaves Journal and others. He lives in Youngstown, Ohio, with his wife and son.
Molly is the Advocacy Coordinator for a local nonprofit. She previously worked as a copy editor for both the Journal of Jewish Identities and a translation of essays on Latin American political history. She holds a BA in anthropology from Youngstown State University. Her interest in oral history and storytelling as a means of building community brought her to Lit Youngstown.
Debra earned her BA and MS from Youngstown State University, and her Juris Doctorate from the University of Akron School of Law. As a lawyer, she has been an advocate for many artists, and served as legal counsel to many non-profit art organizations in the city of Youngstown.