Author Archives: lityoungstown

Oct. Reading at Soap Gallery

October’s First Wednesday Series Reading features local writer Nancy Christie and J. Everett Prewitt of Cleveland. We’ll meet at the Soap Gallery this time, 117 S. Champion St., at 7:15. An open mic will follow, emceed by Venise Abell.

nancy_christieNancy Christie is the author of the fiction collection, Traveling Left of Center and Other Stories (a runner-up in the 2016 Shelf Unbound Competition), the inspirational book, The Gifts Of Change and numerous short stories including one that was shortlisted for Pulp Literature’s 2016 The Raven Short Story Contest. She is also the founder of “Celebrate Short Fiction” Day and host of the monthly Monday Night Writers group in Canfield, OH. Her “Rut-Busting” Workshop for Writers helps participants identify their objectives, overcome self-imposed barriers and get out of their writing rut. For more information, visit her website at www.nancychristie.com.

J. Everett Prewitt is a Vietnam veteran and a former Army officer. He holds a B.A. from everett_prewittLincoln University and an M.S. in Urban Studies from Cleveland State. His novel Snake Walkers won the Bronze Award for General Fiction in ForeWord Magazine’s Book of the Year contest, and was honored by the Black Caucus of the American Library Association. A Long Way Back received numerous awards, including first place in the Independent Publishers of New England. A novella titled Something About Ann, and a series of short stories related to A Long Way Back including the award winning The Last Time I Saw Willie, will be available in 2017. Prewitt lives in Shaker Heights. http://eprewitt.com/

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Words Made Visible Sidewalk Project

Congratulations to the writers of these excerpted works, which will be stamped into Youngstown sidewalks:

“The Field’s Red Wheat” by Jeanne Bryner
“Chant of Change” by David Lee Garrison
“Stars of the Front Yard” by Jeffrey Murphy
“Why the Window Washer Reads Poetry” by Laura Grace Weldon

Our gratitude to poet and judge Mary Quade, artist and signmaker Michael Staaf, the City of Youngstown, and the Ohio Arts Council.

We will add details of the whens and wheres of the project and dedication soon!

Writers Circle September 21

Would you like some gentle feedback on new work you’ve written?pexels-photo-364495

The Lit Youngstown Writers Circle will meet at St. John’s Episcopal Church, 323 Wick Ave., Thursday September 21 from 5:30-7:00.

Bring 5 copies of one poem or story excerpt, maximum 5 pages. (If you’d like to critique longer writing projects, let us know.)

Food for Thought: The Weight of Heaven

Our new series examines the rich diversity of the American experience. The first title is The Weight of Heaven by Thrity Umrigar, a novelist who emigrated from India static1.squarespaceat age 21 and now teaches at Case Western Reserve.

The Weight of Heaven is about an American couple who move to India for the husband’s job, after they have lost their only child.

We will discuss the book at Cultivate Co-op Cafe, 901 Elm St., 5:00-6:00, Thursday, September 14.

The rest of the titles in this series are listed here.

Lit Youngstown at Salon de Fleurus

The McDonough Museum of Art, 525 Wick Ave., presents Salon de Fleurus, a representation of the Parisian salon of Gertrude Stein, a gathering place of artists and thinkers of the early 20th century.

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Lit Youngstown will present readings of works by Stein and other modernists on
Tuesday, September 12 from noon to 12:50
Wednesday, September 27 from 5:30-6:30 featuring Kris Harrington & Ginny Taylor

A reading of excerpts from the play Gertrude Stein Gertrude Stein Gertrude Stein by Marty Martin will take place from noon to 12:50
Tuesday October 3
Tuesday October 10

Poetry Reading September 6

Join us Wednesday September 6 at 7:00 at Suzie’s Dogs & Drafts in downtown Youngstown, as we welcome Meg Johnson of Iowa and Caryl Pagel of Cleveland. Open mic to follow, emceed by Ron Book. Lit Youngstown’s First Wednesday Readers Series is funded in part by the Nathalie and James Andrews Foundation.

meg_johnsonMeg Johnson is the author of the full length poetry collection Inappropriate Sleepover (The National Poetry Review Press, 2014). Her second book, The Crimes of Clara Turlington, won the 2015 Vignette Collection Award and was recently published by Vine Leaves Press. Meg’s poems have appeared in Hobart, Nashville Review, Painted Bride Quarterly, The Puritan, Sugar House Review, Verse Daily, and others. Her nonfiction has appeared in BUST, Ms. Magazine, The Good Men Project, and Bustle. She received her MFA in creative writing from the NEOMFA Program and is the editor of Dressing Room Poetry Journal. Visit her at: www.megjohnson.org

Caryl Pagel is the author of two collections of poetry, TWICE TOLD (H_NG M_N Books, caryl_pagel2014) and EXPERIMENTS I SHOULD LIKE TRIED AT MY OWN DEATH (Factory Hollow Press, 2012) as well as two chapbooks, MAUSOLEUM (WinterRedpress, 2013) and VISIONS, CRISIS APPARITIONS, AND OTHER EXCEPTIONAL EXPERIENCES (Factory Hollow Press, 2008). Her poems and essays have appeared in AGNI, Denver Quarterly, Essay Press, The Iowa Review, Jacket2, The Mississippi Review, and Devil’s Lake, among other journals, and she is currently at work on a collection of essays entitled THE REALITY OF THE UNSEEN. Caryl is the co-founder and editor of Rescue Press, a poetry editor at jubilat, and the Director of the Cleveland State University Poetry Center. She teaches undergraduate classes in creative writing at Cleveland State as well graduate poetry and nonfiction classes in the NEOMFA Program in Eastern Ohio.

Writers Circle August 17

Would you like some gentle feedback on a poem or story you’re working on?
The Lit Youngstown Writers Circle meets in the
pexels-photo-247676Lit Youngstown office, St. John’s Episcopal Church, 323 Wick Ave., the third Thursday of each month from 5:30-7:00.
Drive straight in on Lincoln, come through the door on the right, under the arches.

 Bring 5 copies of one poem or story excerpt, maximum 5 pages. Any experience level welcome. (If you’d like to critique longer writing projects, let’s make a plan!)