Category Archives: Announcements

Lit Youngstown to Send Donation to Book’Em Pittsburgh

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.

Meet Our Intern

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. 

PenPals Seek PenPals

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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.

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.

Thank you, Ohio Arts Council!

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.
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Lit Youngstown Receives Relief Grants!

Please join us in thanking Ohio Humanities and Community Foundation of the Mahoning Valley for the award of grants to help offset programming cancellations due to the COVID-19 crisis.

The Arts & Culture Crisis Relief Challenge Grant from the Community Foundation of the Mahoning Valley will match up to $2500 of contributions raised in a special fundraiser by July 20.

We will also receive $3800 from the Ohio Humanities, part of the federal CARES Act of 2020 administered by the National Endowment for the Humanities.

 

 

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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