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Quilt Raffle Tickets

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Like to win this quilt? We’ve got you covered.

Thank you to local artist Sheila Ugolini for offering this gorgeous handmade quilt for our summer art raffle. The bold, bright colors caught our eye, as did the intricate stitching. We think it would make an incredible gift, if any winner could part with it.

The quilt will be on display at Extending Grace gift shop 18 Liberty St. in Hubbard, Tickets are available at the shop or from Lit Youngstown board members (Davita Fitzgerald, Liz Hill, Kris Harrington, Sean Posey, Karen Schubert, Bill Soldan & Molly Toth).

Raffle tickets are $3.00 each, or 2 for $5.00. We will pull the winning ticket at the YSU Summer Festival of the Arts, July 9.  Your ticket will support the literary arts and a visual artist.

You can purchase tickets on line via Paypal, using the MAKE A DONATION button below. Just enter the amount you’d like to donate and enter your contact info using the “special instructions to the seller” option. We’ll translate your donation into raffle tickets when we get the notification email, and you will have a chance to win this beautiful quilt. You can also send a check made out to Lit Youngstown to us at PO Box 804, Youngstown OH 44501. Be sure to include your address and phone number. Mail-in and Paypal ticket requests must be received by July 7.

Questions? Email us at lityoungstown@gmail.com

Youngstown Stories Project Video

As part of our oral history project Phenomenal Women: Twelve Youngstown Stories, we created a 10 minute video about the process. It includes shots from our celebratory reception in December, and comments from some of the people involved in the project.

View the video on YouTube.

The video was created by Jim Stickel and funded by the Raymond John Wean Foundation‘s Neighborhood Success Program. It was premiered at the Association of Writing Programs (AWP) annual conference in February.

lityoceremony_122016_061Jim also videotaped the staged reading of excerpts from the book. The reading was created by Kris Harrington, and read by Sierra McCorvey, Davita Fitzgerald, and Kim Voeks at our December reception. We love hearing the audience reaction to local names and places and the heartwarming stories. They gave the piece a standing ovation at the end.

View the staged reading on YouTube.

Please contact us if you’d like us to come to your group or class to discuss the project and the book, or share the video. We can also arrange a live staged reading, or share the script so your students or members can present it.

Lit Youngstown Co-sponsors Visit by Nationally Respected Food Policy Advocate

 

Mark Winne, author of Closing the Food Gap: Resetting the Table in the Land of Plenty, will lead a workshop on bringing grocery stores to neighborhoods with inadequate food resources, Wed. April 5 at 12:00 at St. John’s Episcopal Church, 323 Wick Ave.mark_winne_0021

The workshop is free and open to the public and lunch is included. Reservations are required by Mon., March 27, and can be made by calling St. John’s at 330.743.3175 or emailing LitYoungstown@gmail.com.

Winne will also read at 7:00 Wed. April 5 at St. John’s, with a Q&A moderated by WYSU’s Tim Francisco. The talk is free and open to the public, and part of Lit Youngstown’s First Wednesday Reading Series. No reservations are required.

Mark Winne has forty years of experience on food policy issues, and has crossed the country speaking and consulting on hunger, food insecurity, local and regional agriculture, community food assessment, and food policy.

Winne’s visit is co-sponsored by community partners St. John’s Episcopal Church, ACTION, Common Wealth, Eastgate Regional Council of Governments, Lake to River Food Co-op, Mayor McNally, Mercy Health Partners, NYO Property Group, Second Harvest Food Bank of the Mahoning Valley, Trumbull Neighborhood Partnership, The Raymond John Wean Foundation, YWCA of Youngstown, Oak Hill Collaborative, Youngstown Metropolitan Housing Authority, Junior League of Youngstown, and Youngstown Neighborhood Development Corporation.

Closing the Food Gap is the Food for Thought April book club selection.

Photos: Phenomenal Women Book Event

At our reception for the release of Phenomenal Women: Twelve Youngstown Stories, photographer Melanie Rae Buonavolanta took such beautiful photos, we wanted to share some of them with you all. Enjoy!

The video of our staged reading of excerpts from the book is now up on YouTube. It’s about a half-hour long and very powerful.

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The Twelve Women: Front: Louise Payne; Middle:  Josephine North, Frances Carter, Ollie McCurdy, Joyce Davidson, June Ewing, Estella Bender, Mildred Payne; Back: Carol Donnelly, Audrey Gillian, Bobbe Reynolds, Pamela Collins.


Phenomenal Women Celebration

With profound thanks to the Raymond J. Wean Foundation and to these twelve women in our community, we invite you to a reception celphenomenalwomennewebrating the publication of Phenomenal Women: Twelve Youngstown Stories.

Tuesday, December 13 at First Presbyterian Church, 201 Wick Avenue Youngstown.
Parking lot is behind the church; enter on Wood Avenue due to construction on Wick.

Light refreshments will be served. Doors open 6:30 pm, program and staged reading from the book, 7 pm.

If you wish to support the YWCA of Youngstown’s Make A Wish Gift program, bring a new book for a reader aged 1-18.

PLEASE RSVP DIRECTLY to lityoungstown@gmail.com if you plan to attend.

If you’d like to buy a book, they are available for purchase at Flutterby Books in Hubbard and Three Sheep Gallery on Market St. The public libraries in Warren and greater Youngstown will have copies in circulation as soon as they are processed. For more options, please visit this page on our website or send us a note at LitYoungstown@gmail.com.

We are grateful to the Youngstown Section of the National Council of Negro Women (NCNW) for their support of this project and their introductions to six of the women.

The project would not have been possible without the energy and talents of the team that worked together to create the book.

Lit Youngstown’s YSU student interns, who helped with the interviews, transcriptions, writing and editing: Samuel Amazing, Adrianna Mayes, and Samantha Ensminger.

Lit Youngstown writers and editors: Allison Davis, Kris Harrington, Sean Posey, Karen Schubert, and Molly Toth.

Cover design: Amy Freels, University of Akron Press.

Interior design and layout:  Cassandra Twoey.

Portraits of the women: photographer Melanie Rae Buonavolanta.

The book was printed locally by City Printing.

We also appreciate the support, encouragement, and networking offered by members of our wider community, especially Louisa Berger, Gary Davenport, Davita Fitzgerald, Rosemary Fuller, Eres McKee, Carole and Jimma McWilson, and Melissa Papini.

Special thanks to David Hassler of the Wick Poetry Center at Kent State for sharing his experience with taking oral histories to the printed page.

— Liz Hill, Project Coordinator

 

November *Monday* Reading

Two fine young graduates of the NEOMFA come down from the North Coast. Monday Nov. 7 at 7:00, Suzie’s Dogs & Drafts downtown.

NEOMFA Alumni Reading! Come for the comraderie! Bring your work if you’re inspired to read at the open mic emceed by Lit Youngstown intern and YSU student Samantha Ensminger.

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James De Monte is an English professor at Lakeland Community College near Cleveland. His first book, Brotherhood, was longlisted for Shakespeare and Company’s Paris Literary Prize before being published by Blue Cubicle Press last year. His short fiction has appeared in Fjords Review and Chagrin River Review, among others. He lives a short walk from the Cuyahoga River with his wife and son and is at work on a second book.

Tobin F. Terry is an Associate Professor of English and department co-chair at Lakeland Community College. As a graduate of the Northeast Ohio Master of Fine Arts Program, Tobin received the Alpha Omega Dukes Memorial Promising Fiction Writer Award. Before coming to Lakeland, Tobin taught English at Central State University in Wilberforce, Ohio and the University of Akron, and served as copy editor at the United States Sports Academy in Daphne, Alabama. Tobin was a fiction editor for the second issue of Barn Owl Review, is Communications Director Emeritus for the Antioch Writers’ Workshop, and is an editor for Chagrin River Review. His most recent work appeared in Emerge Literary Journal.

Thank You!

We are feeling the love, here! Thank you to our fall fundraiser contributors.

“Good luck with the fundraiser!” Anonymous
Nancy Bukaty
Lynn Cardwell
The College Club of Buffalo
Thanks for all you do! Super excited for the Phenomenal Women book!” Allison Davis
James DeMonte
Kathleen Dragoman
“Good luck on your fundraiser.” Adam Earnheardt
Keep up the good work!” Barbra Estrada
Barbara Hart
Robyn Armeni Isaac
Alex Jennings
“Congratulations on all the amazing work you are doing!” Jessica Jewell
Elizabeth Kauffman
Miriam Klein
Christine & Elliot Legow
Jeanne Mahon
“In honor of Beth’s birthday.” Donald Martin
Angela Messenger
Neno Perrotta
Barbara Sabol
“In honor of my grandmothers & mother who surrounded me with books.” Karen Schubert
Tracy Segreti
Tobin Terry
“I can hardly believe all you have accomplished in two years.” Karen Willyoung
Lou Yuhasz

Patrons ($500 or more)

The Nathalie & James Andrews Foundation
Liz Hill
Raymond J. Wean Foundation