Lit Youngstown’s Director:
Karen is a Northeast Ohio 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.
Lit Youngstown’s Board of Directors:
Kelly Bancroft won an Ohio Arts Council individual artist award and Ragdale writer residencies. Her poetry and prose have appeared in Puerto del Sol, Mudfish, XConnect, Jezebel and TIME, among others. A short documentary based on her family research was selected for this year’s Cleveland International Film Festival. She is currently working on a full-length play and short essays in memoir.
Anne 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.
Liz 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.
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.
Stacey is a freelance writer and journal editor, as well as a professor at Northeast Ohio Medical University. She earned her Doctor of Pharmacy degree and practiced as a pharmacist for many years before teaching and writing emerged as her true life calling. Writing began for her as a means to heal her own scars and has since transformed into one of her true passions. In her spare time, she enjoys running to clear her mind, spending time with family, and relishing in the tranquil serenity of the koi fishpond in her backyard.
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.
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 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.