Each year, Lit Youngstown’s Board of Directors selects a literary arts nonprofit to send a donation to. It is a meaningful way to support the incredible work being done around the country, ways the literary arts are enhancing lives and communities. This year we will contribute to Book ‘Em Pittsburgh, a nonprofit that supplies books to incarcerated readers.
We were impressed with their mission:
“Our mission is to improve the quality of life for people incarcerated in Pennsylvania by providing free access to educational materials, books and resources. Each month, Book’Em serves approximately 200 prisoners across 35 State and Federal prisons, mailing an average of 500 pieces of reading material.
Since 2000 we have served approximately 33,000 prisoners throughout the state of Pennsylvania. In 2015, we filled 1,934 individual requests from prisoners.”
Last year we selected Sundress Academy for the Arts in Knoxville, TN, and in 2018, Lake Erie Ink in Cleveland. Check them out, too! and let us know the literary arts nonprofits that have a special place in your world.
We sure do miss hanging out with the Lit Youngstown community! To that end, we’re starting a monthly Happy Hour. We’ll Zoom until it’s safe to meet around the Valley–there are lots of venues to choose from, and it will be great to support them. Here’s the registration link for December 23, 5:00-6:00.
Cassandra Lawton is a student in the Northeast Ohio Master of Fine Arts program. She received her bachelor’s in Human Development and Family Studies and her master’s in Social Work from Michigan State University. Her career goal is to bring creative writing and its healing effects into therapeutic and community spaces, with a focus on expressive therapy and community outreach. Cassandra predominately writes fiction and is currently working on a high fantasy novel focusing on the bond between two sisters.
At a recent meeting, Lit Youngstown’s Board of Directors decided that each year we will invite a student from the Northeast Ohio Master of Fine Arts to serve on the Board. We think these new voices will strengthen our process and program, and our relationship with the NEOMFA. We are honored and grateful to be working with you, Tommy!
We have matched 17 sets of PenPals! Our PenPal parents tell us their kids love getting a letter just for them. We have 6 kids looking for a match. Their interests include video games, geography, fashion, Germany and riding bikes. Know anyone (from anywhere!) aged 4-12 who would like to meet someone new? We are also looking for an adult PenPal for an immigrant to Germany who wishes to learn English. For more information and to register, click here.
Lit Youngstown is honored and grateful for a second-year grant award from the Ohio Arts Council for $3225. We thank Governor DeWine and Ohio State Legislators for their commitment to funding the arts, and we thank the OAC for the support and trust they put in us.
The Fall Literary Festival and other upcoming programming is made possible in part by state tax dollars allocated by the Ohio Legislature to the Ohio Arts Council (OAC). The OAC is a state agency that funds and supports quality arts experiences to strengthen Ohio communities culturally, educationally, and economically.
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.