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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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Youngstown Cookie Table!

Belt Publishing will release a second edition of its Youngstown Anthology this June DSC_0467(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 sendDSC_0468 recipes to Bonnie Tawse at bonnietawse@gmail.com. Deadline for recipe submission is Monday, March 16, 2020.

Lit Youngstown Presents Whitman & Brass

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THIS EVENT WILL BE RESCHEDULED. PLEASE HOLD ONTO YOUR TICKETS, OR CONTACT LITYOUNGSTOWN@GMAIL.COM FOR A REFUND.

Join us for Whitman & Brass: a celebration of America’s iconic poet and the music of his generation. Sunday, March 22 from 2:00-5:00, Purple Cat Theatre, 220 W. Boardman St. in downtown Youngstown.

Lit Youngstown hosts an afternoon of Walt Whitman readings by Kelly Bancroft, Timothy Francisco, Jeanine Rees & Steven Reese, and period pieces performed by Susan Sexton’s brass quartet: Susan Sexton & John Veneskey on trumpet; Jonathan Willis & Eric Rowles on trombone.

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