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Have a Class or Workshop Idea?

Lityo-storyLit Youngstown seeks workshop ideas for July through the end of the year.

We pay $250 for a 5-6 week workshop or $150 for a half day “short.” Our participants vary, from emerging to experienced writers, teens to retired adults, working in a variety of genres. We are seeking workshops on general and specific themes, open to all genres or genre-specific.

Please submit your workshop proposal here. If your idea doesn’t fit the form, use the “Anything else we need to know” box to share your thoughts.

First Wednesday Zoom Features Terry Provost & Nicole Robinson

We sure will miss hanging out with you at the Soap Gallery, never mind that it will be National Chocolate Macaroon Day.  But join us for the next best thing: these poetry readings will be off the charts! Open mic to follow. For an invitation to Zoom, please email LitYoungstown@gmail.com. We’ll open the Zoom Room at 6:30, Wed. June 3. Reading begins at 7:00. Or kick back and catch us on Facebook Live.
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Originally from Troy, New York, Terry Provost is an adjunct professor of math at Tri-C, who has written poetry for over 20 years, performing it from Seattle to Providence. His two books are Compassionate Imperialism, and An Uncountable Infinity of Orgasms. He hosts Bowled Over by Poetry at Mahall’s in Lakewood, Ohio.
nikkiLit Youngstown board of directors member Nicole Robinson’s poems have appeared in Great River Review, The Columbia Journal, CALYX, and elsewhere. She has received an Individual Excellence Award for poetry from the Ohio Arts Council and holds an MFA in poetry from Ashland University. Robinson is the Narrative Medicine Coordinator at Akron Children’s Hospital.

Birdbath Raffle!

Back by popular demand! And with gratitude to sculptor Tony Armeni, we are again raffling a gorgeous birdbath. You can see it in person and purchase tickets at Westside Bowl!

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The winner will receive delivery and installation (local) or shipping to anywhere in the continental U.S. (The ring is for stability and is meant to lie below mulch.)

The winning ticket will be drawn on Sunday, July 12. We are blue that there will be no Summer Festival of the Arts this year, but we support YSU’s decision to promote safe summer activities. And what is safer than birdwatching?

Tickets cost 2 for $5.00. Proceeds will be split between the artist and Lit Youngstown. Stop by Westside Bowl, click on the PayPal link below, or mail a check made payable to Lit Youngstown/323 Wick Ave. #9/Youngstown, 44503.

Thank you!

Armeni Birdbath Raffle

Take a chance on winning an elegant birdbath by Youngstown metals sculptor Tony Armeni. Proceeds help support our literary programming. Two tickets for $5.00 Good luck!

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New for Kids!

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We’re looking for kids ages 4-12 who would like to have a penpal. Getting a letter in the mail that’s just for you is a great feeling. Getting to know someone you’ve never met by sending stories, memories, jokes, poems, pictures, stickers… is just good fun.

We’re starting the PenPal Project! We’ll match kids by age. For more information and to register, click here.

Food for Thought: Bringing Nature Home

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The last selection in our series on humankind and the nature world is Bringing Nature Home by Douglas H. Tallamy. This is a fantastic guide for anyone with a lawn or garden, to restore the lost biodiversity from many decades of popular landscaping choices. The book is well organized and readable, with plenty of anecdotes and examples.

This month’s book talk falls in the midst of our stay-at-home order, so if you’ve read the book, let’s talk it up, and if you would like to bring 3 other books to recommend for summer reading, please do.

Food for Thought book discussion Wednesday, May 13 from 6:00-7:00 via Zoom. To make a reservation, please send a note to info@LitYoungstown.org.

Next year’s series will be books written by Black authors. For your pandemic reading pleasure!

September (fiction) The Autograph Man by Zadie Smith
October (fiction) The Water Dancer by Ta Nehisi Coates
November (poetry) Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude by Ross Gay
December Any children’s book
January (short stories) The Thing Around Your Neck by Chimamanda Ngozi Adiche
February (fiction) The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead
March (fiction) We Need New Names by NoViolet Bulawayo
April (speculative fiction) Parable of the Sower by Octavia Butler
May (fiction) An American Marriage by Tayari Jones

COVID 19 Poem by Gregg Gaylord

Many thanks to Youngstown’s native son Dr. Gaylord for sharing this poem with us.

Ode for COVID 19

Covid 19, so much to adore.
Your lightning journey around the world
Hitchhiking in the cells of human travelers
Riding shedded droplets
Is no less an adventure than our noble attempts to explore the universe.
Not alive, you stir the passions of an entire species when you changed ever so slightly the RNA
strands nested in your womb
And then quietly, like a soft breath blowing out a candle, went dancing in the air into your host Continue reading

Thank You, Youngstown Foundation!

Join us in profound thanks for a programming grant from the Youngstown Foundation Charles W. Darling Family Endowment Fund. The $5615 grant will support  programs in 2020 and 2021, including the First Wednesday Readers Series, the monthly Teen Writers Workshop, Adult-teen creative writing classes, and a paid internship to provide support for the Fall Literary Festival.

We are honored to celebrate the legacy of the late history professor Charles W. Darling, known for the folk music show on WYSU that ran 48 years. He was also the author of science fiction novels. The Foundation’s gift will support other Youngstown and regional writers, and we thank them.

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