Are you a reader, writer, editor, publisher, or educator of the literary arts? We hope you will join us for the 5th annual Fall Literary Festival in Youngstown, Ohio, October 7-9.
This year’s conference theme is “Our Shared Story” and we are thrilled to host visiting writers Ross Gay (poet & essayist, Indiana University), Jan Beatty (poet & memoirist, Chatham University), Matt Forrest Esenwine (children’s author, New Hampshire), Bonnie Proudfoot (novelist & poet, Hocking College), & Mike Geither (playwright, Cleveland State University).
Seventy-three presenters from throughout the U.S. will present on many aspects of reading, understanding, writing, editing and publishing creative works. Please visit the Fall Literary Festival page to register and learn more, as we continue to add details and information. Hope to see you there!
This event is made possible with major funding from The Centofanti Foundation.
Thanks to the generous offer of a few local backyards, we are going to meet in person for two summer mini writing camps. Seating is strictly limited, and we will follow safety protocols in place in June. Rain or shine. Kids under 12 are welcome with an adult. Thank you, and see you soon! We’ll have fun writing activities and snacks. We’re looking forward to writing with you!
Summer Mini Writing Camp 1 Saturday, June 12 1:00-4:00 pm. Limit 20. Register here.
Summer Mini Writing Camp 2 Saturday, June 26 1:00-4:00 pm. Limit 30. Register here.
Coming Back to Your Senses: Writing with Awareness
With so much of our lives spent in the disembodied world online, this poetry intensive will focus on reconnecting you to your senses, encouraging greater awareness of yourself and your environment, and strengthening your poems by helping them sing with the texture of the well-observed world. Through a combination of close-readings of writers both old and new, generative exercises, and traditional workshops, this generative session will help writers refresh their senses and descriptive powers through a deep practice of awareness and an unflinching dedication to scrubbing away one’s preconceived notions of a thing in order to see it anew.
Sunday, March 28, 7:00-8:30. Limited seating. Register for this free workshop here.
Nickole Brown is the author of Sister and Fanny Says. She lives in Asheville, NC, where she volunteers at several animal sanctuaries. To Those Who Were Our First Gods, a chapbook of poems about these animals, won the 2018 Rattle Prize, and her essay-in-poems, The Donkey Elegies, was published by Sibling Rivalry Press in 2020. In 2021, Spruce Books of Penguin Random House published Write It! 100 Poetry Prompts to Inspire, a book she co-authored with her wife Jessica Jacobs, and they regularly teach generative writing sessions together as part of the SunJune Literary Collaborative.
Jessica Jacobs is the author of Take Me with You, Wherever You’re Going (Four Way Books), winner of the Devil’s Kitchen and Goldie Awards, and Pelvis with Distance (White Pine Press), a biography-in-poems of Georgia O’Keeffe, winner of the New Mexico Book Award and a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award. Chapbook Editor for Beloit Poetry Journal, she lives in Asheville, NC, with her wife, the poet Nickole Brown, with whom she co-authored Write It! 100 Poetry Prompts to Inspire (Spruce Books/PenguinRandomHouse).
5th Annual Fall Literary Festival October 7-9, 2021 Youngstown, Ohio Conference Theme: “Our Shared Story” Visiting Writers: Ross Gay (poet & essayist), Jan Beatty (poet & memoirist), Matt Forrest Esenwine (children’s author), Bonnie Proudfoot (novelist & poet), & Mike Geither (playwright)
CALL FOR PROPOSALS
Lit Youngstown seeks proposals for Our Shared Story, 5th annual Fall Literary Festival, October 7-9 in Northeast Ohio. This year’s conference will be centered around the theme “Our Shared Story,” a conversation about writing, publishing, community outreach, and literary inclusion. The conference aims to sustain and enhance community by allowing its members to share a stake in its narrative: its story—past, present, and future.
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.
New Book News! We celebrate B. Elizabeth Beck, Dion O’Reilly & Nancy B. Richardson and their new books, published during lock-down. Join us on YouTube for a live reading and conversation Sunday, November 15 at 7:00 PM EST.
New Book News! We celebrate Jan Beatty, Patricia Clark and Yvonne Zipter and their new books, published during lock-down. Join us on the Lit Youngstown YouTube channel for a live reading and conversation Sunday, December 20 at 3:00 PM EST.
New Book News! We celebrate Kelly Bancroft, Nancy Krygowski and Heather Swan and their new poetry collections, published during lock-down. Join us on the Lit Youngstown YouTube channel for a live reading and conversation Sunday, December 6 at 7:00 PM EST.