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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

Garden District Fall Fest

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Lit Youngstown board of directors member Molly Toth (left) and friend of Lit Youngstown Sarah Lowry (photo credit: Phil Kidd)

What a great follow-up event to the Mahoning Avenue Better Block, and opportunity to notice many new businesses and spruced up storefronts in just a year’s time. Molly brought a poem tree and invited visitors to write a poem on a leaf. We gave out some literary journals and told quite a few people what we’re about. We appreciate Sarah Lowry and Lou Yuhasz for helping us staff the table.

More thanks to Michael Staaf at Steel Valley Signs for our new banner. It’s perfect!

Two New Novelists

We welcome MB Earnheardt and Randi Barlow Pappa to our August First Wednesday reading, August 3 @ 7:00, Suzie’s Dogs & Drafts, 34 N. Phelps St.  Free parking on the street and in the lot behind the Voinovich Building on the corner of Hazel & Commerce.

An open mic will follow, emceed by local YA novelist Colleen Clayton. Open mic readers are invited to read for 5 min.–their own work, or a writer’s they admire.

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heardt grew up on a small farm. She directs the Anderson Program in Journalism at YSU and advises YSU’s student newspaper, The Jambar. When she’s not teaching, she helps her husband raise their four lab experiments (re: kids) in a Petri dish they call “home.” Dr. Earnheardt received a Ph.D. in communication from Kent State, a M.S. degree in communication, B.S. in communication, and a B.A. in political science from Clarion UniveRandi Papparsity.

 

 

Randi Barlow Pappa lives in northeastern Ohio with her husband, two dogs, three horses, a passel of refugee cats, and the relentless pursuit of enlightenment. Pappa describes herself as a country girl who is allergic to big cities and still lives by the code of ethics with which she grew up. She still grows some of her own food, plays the piano, loves rivers, nature, and all things finned, furred and
Mary Beth will be reading from Switch-a-Wish and Randi from Under the Rock. We look forward to the reading, and hope you can make it.

Collective Resonance

 

The Jewish Community Center and Lit Youngstown present a reading with Mari Alschuler, Kelly Bancroft & Arya-Francesca Jenkins, Thursday, April 14 from 7-8pm. The reading coincides with Collective Resonance:  An Exhibition of Women Artists, featuring works by Carol Gallo, Joy White, Jody Nudell, Blanche Weiss & Tazim Jaffer.

Nin Andrews & Karen Schubert will lead an ekphrastic poetry writing workshop before the reading, at 6:00pm.

Bill Lawson Presents to a Full House

DSC_0143Despite our first blast of winter weather, Bill Lawson filled the house in early January when he gave an interesting talk on historic Youngstown “Puddler Poet” Michael McGovern. Lawson put McGovern’s poems in historical, economic, occupational and literary context when he talked about immigration patterns, the job of a “puddler,” and the style and popularity of McGovern’s poems, which take up the cause of the laborer.

DSC_0116We learned that McGovern lived to be 84 or 85 (sources conflict), much longer than most iron workers. It was “hard, heavy, dangerous work; the lifespan of puddlers and helpers after the Civil War was less than 40 years. The hours were long (12-13 per day, six days per week); wages low.” Certainly it was beneficial to McGovern’s health when he “left the iron and steel industry during a strike; worked as a State of Ohio Oil Inspector (obituary) and foreman in the Youngstown Street Department (1920 Census).”

Michael McGovern’s poetry was published in The Youngstown Vindicator and the Youngstown Telegram, cultural periodicals like Gaelic American, and The Amalgamated Journal. His collection Labor Lyrics and Other Poems was published by the Youngstown Vindicator Press in 1899.

Interested in reading poems from this collection? Visit the Ohio Memory Collection.