Board of Directors

Lit Youngstown’s Director:

Karen Schubert is a Northeast Ohio Master of Fine Arts grad, the author of five 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.  Awards include an Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence Award and residencies at Headlands Center for the Arts and Vermont Studio Center. 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.

Lit Youngstown’s Board of Directors:

Kelly Bancroft writes poems, prose and plays. She is the recipient of an Ohio Arts Council Individual Artists grant, a Ragdale fellowship, and the Betty Gabehart Prize. Her works has been widely published and her plays have been produced in Youngstown, Pittsburgh and Milwaukee (which she always confuses with “Minneapolis”). Her latest play, Where the Star Fell is currently being produced for Pittsburgh’s New Works Festival.

Anne Garwig is a poet and an English instructor at Kent State University’s Salem campus. She earned her BA in English from Ohio State University and her MFA in poetry from the NEOMFA consortium. Her work has appeared in various journals and magazines, including The Literateur, Into the Void, and Broad!. She has been an associate artist in residence at the Atlantic Center for the Arts and was selected for the 2017 Poetry Foundation Summer Teachers Institute. Anne is a native of Youngstown and is thrilled to help advance literature and literacy with Lit Youngstown.

Courtney Kensinger is a promotions editor and photographer at WFMJ-TV. During her time at YSU she helped create the YSU Film Club. Courtney is currently working on a non-digital interactive zine about childhood and emotional growth. When she is not crafting musical numbers in her head about clam chowder, she is googling “affect VS. effect”.

Liz Hill is a writer and spiritual director who has led workshops in creative process, discovering authentic voice, storytelling, 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. She coordinated the Youngstown Stories project which culminated in publication of the book Phenomenal Women: Twelve Youngstown Stories.

Lee Murray writes technical and marketing content for businesses in the electric power industry. He also writes for Fatherly, a digital media brand for dads, about his experiences raising three headstrong kids. He earned a BA and MA in Professional and Technical Writing from Youngstown State University, picking up graduate certificates in Teaching of Writing and Entrepreneurship along the way. He runs workplace writing workshops for businesses across the Midwest and has taught composition classes at YSU and a Writing for Marketing workshop at the University of Akron. Lee left his native UK for the Mahoning Valley in 2008.

Nicole Robinson is the author of a chapbook of poems, The Slop of Giving in, The Melt of
Letting Go (2008). She holds a MFA in poetry from Ashland University, and her recent poems have appeared in Artful Dodge, Great River Review, The Louisville Review, The Pittsburgh Poetry Review, The Tahoma Literary Review, and elsewhere. She was awarded an Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence Award for her poetry in 2016. Robinson is the former assistant director of the Wick Poetry Center at Kent State University where she also taught. Currently, she is a writer in residence at Akron Children’s Hospital where she leads creative writing workshops for patients, families, and staff under the auspices of the Emily Cooper Welty Expressive Therapy Center.

Liz Skeels is a visual artist, and lover of the literary arts.  She is currently a senior at YSU working towards a BFA in Interdisciplinary Studio Art with concentrations on sculpture and painting.  Her work has won many awards including most recently the Alexander Family Award at the 2018 SAA Student Art Show at the McDonough Museum of Art, and the Art Committee Award at the 2018 Youngstown YWCA’s 36th Women Artists: A Celebration! Her paintings have sold to many private and public collections. She is mom to three daughters, and has been told she is a quality paper shoe maker.

A self-proclaimed journaling activist, Ginny Taylor is a certified Journal to the Self instructor. Her writing background includes an MFA in creative writing from Ashland University, multiple publications, and teaching in college-level writing programs. Through her business called Women of Wonder, Ginny facilitates workshops where she channels her passion for empowering women through difficult life transitions and towards a new beginning.

Molly Toth 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.