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October First Wednesday: Kelly Bancroft & Jessica Jewell

We’re looking forward to this First Wednesday Series reading by Kelly Bancroft & Jessica Jewell! October 7 at 7:00 PM EST. The reading will be livestreamed on Facebook. Register here to attend on Zoom and/or read in the open mic.


Kelly Bancroft (l) writes and teaches in Youngstown, Ohio. Her poems and prose have appeared in many journals and her plays have been presented in Youngstown, Pittsburgh, Cleveland and Milwaukee. She teaches at Hiram College and at the Martin P. Joyce Juvenile Justice Center.

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New Workshop: Discover Your Writing Temperament

82234858_1564294787042229_6689842761056649216_oPlay to Your Long Suit — Discover Your Writing Temperament

Story, Structure, Music, and Imagination are what Gregory Orr calls the natural temperaments of writers. Together we will discover which of the four temperaments is your particular strength and how to deepen and broaden that talent. Further, each temperament has its complement, so we will discuss ways develop your complementary temperament. For prose and poetry writers.

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New Book News: Cathryn Essinger, Kari Gunter-Seymour & Paula J. Lambert

Congratulations to these poets on the publication of their new books! Join us on Lit Youngstown’s YouTube Channel for a live reading Sunday, September 20 at 7:00 pm EST.


Cathryn Essinger is the author of four books of poetry, A Desk in the Elephant House, My Dog Does Not Read Plato, What I Know About Innocence, and this new book—The Apricot and the Moon. Her poems have been nominated for Pushcarts and “Best of the Net,” featured on The Writer’s Almanac and in American Life in Poetry.

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First Wed. Features Youngstown Memories

Join us for a First Wednesday Series reading by Susan Petrone & William Heath, whose work draws on personal and family memories of life in Youngstown. Open mic to follow. Co-hosted by Cheryl Torsney & Karen Schubert. Register here for the Zoom room (opens at 6:30). This reading will also be livestreamed on Facebook.

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New Workshop! Playwriting 102

Playwriting 102 (Limited Seating)
Enrollment Closed

82234858_1564294787042229_6689842761056649216_oStudents who enjoyed the “The Power of Ten” playwriting class will enjoy this workshop where we write and share scenes, monologues, or completed short plays over the course of 4 weeks. Didn’t take the first class? No problem. You’ll be able to join right in. Classes will be a combination of the technique practice, discussion and sharing of material.

Meet the Teaching Artist: Kelly Bancroft’s plays have been produced in Youngstown,
Pittsburgh, Milwaukee and Cleveland. She earned an MFA from the NEOMFA program at
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New Book News!

New Book News! (Lit Youngstown YouTube Channel)
Kelly Fordon, Mary Swan-Bell & Rachel Swearingen August 30, 3:00 EST

We are kicking off a new series of Sunday readings for authors whose books have come fordon_swanbell_swearingenout during lock-down. A new book typically means live events, and although that isn’t possible, we can still host a celebration.

Kelly Fordon will read from I Have the Answer  (Wayne State University Press)
Kelly Fordon is the author of an award-winning novel in stories, Garden for the Blind (Wayne State University Press, 2015) and a poetry collection, Goodbye Toothless House, (Kattywompus Press, 2019).

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Believe It or Not: Writing surreal, weird, and speculative worlds

82234858_1564294787042229_6689842761056649216_oRegistration is open for a new workshop led by E.F. Schraeder.

Believe it or Not? Writing surreal, weird, and speculative worlds

If your writing contains out-of-this-world elements or the suspension of disbelief is key to your project, this workshop is designed to help you craft plausible speculative fiction. From space invaders, underworld adventures, to the supernatural, we will examine examples and strategies that make the impossible
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Readers Series: New Book News

IMG_0929New books are a critical element in the literary landscape, and a great personal accomplishment.  What a let-down to have a book emerge to a pandemic lock-down instead of a live celebration.

Let’s fix that! Lit Youngstown is hosting an online Sunday readers series for authors of new titles.

The submission portal is here, for those whose books came out anytime in 2020. We look forward to celebrating and promoting these publications and their authors.