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!Continue reading
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.
New 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.
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.
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.
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!
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/credit card link below, or mail a check made payable to Lit Youngstown/323 Wick Ave. #9/Youngstown, 44503.
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!
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.
Lit Youngstown, in collaboration with the YSU Art Department, is seeking memories for an Andrews Ave. mural. The mural will be painted by students of Professor Dragana Crnjak, in a special topics class on creating public art. Continue reading
Belt Publishing will release a second edition of its Youngstown Anthology this June (preorder here) and to go along with it, they are publishing a cookbook of cookie recipes that you would find on a traditional Youngstown Cookie Table. The editors are especially interested in cookie recipes that have a unique story behind them, have been handed down from friends or family, or are just tried and true favorites, always sought after at weddings and other gatherings. Please send recipes to Bonnie Tawse at firstname.lastname@example.org. Deadline for recipe submission is Monday, March 16, 2020.