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Lit Youngstown Presents Whitman & Brass

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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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Literature-inspired refreshments will be served. Ticket and raffle proceeds will benefit Lit Youngstown. Advance tickets $35 here until March 15, $40 at the door. Also available from Lit Youngstown.

Whitman & Brass

Join us at 2:00 Sunday, March 22 at the Purple Cat Theatre in a celebration of America’s iconic poet and the music of his generation, played by highly acclaimed local musicians.

whitmanLit Youngstown hosts an afternoon of Walt Whitman readings by Kelly Bancroft, Tim Francisco, Jeanine Rees & Steve Reese, and period pieces performed by Susan Sexton’s brass quartet, Susan Sexton & John Veneskey on trumpet, Jonathan Willis & Eric Rowles on trombone.
Literature-inspired refreshments will include green eggs and ham, chocolate bars with golden tickets and handmade brassfortune cookies. Literary Themed Raffle benefits Lit Youngstown.
Sunday, March 22, Purple Cat Theatre, 220 W. Boardman St. Doors open at 2:00. Admission advance $35, available here until March 15; $40 at the door.

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2019 Annual Report

We published our 2019 Annual Report! Thanks to all–you put the light in Lit Youngstown. There were so many to thank, our hearts are full. We hope we haven’t forgotten anyone, but if we did, please let us know.

Lit Youngstown Turns 5!!!!!

Five years! It’s gone by in a flash. Let’s take a moment to celebrate all we’ve done together. And then let’s have a party!

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Jeffrey Murphy, Laura Grace Weldon, Jeanne Bryner & David Lee Garrison at the dedication of the Words Made Visible poetry-in-sidewalk squares

Since January of 2015 we have hosted nearly 400 writers, celebrating local talent and  visiting writers who have won prestigious awards. Local writers from age 6 to their 80s have shared poems and stories at open mics. (Photos: Mary Biddinger & Mary Quade, Lena Carson, Yahia Tahat, Lesley Nneka Arimah, Jimmy Sutman, Marjorie Maddox) Continue reading

Summer Festival of the Arts!


Summer Festival of the Arts is one of our favorite events of the year! We’ll be there with the “Where I’m From” poem template, in anticipation of Fall Literary Festival visiting writer George Ella Lyon and her international project.

We’ll also have paper sidewalk squares for visitors to decorate, in celebration of our poems stamped in sidewalk squares, part of the Words Made Visible project. We’ll dedicate them and introduce the poets at the Fall Literary Festival. Continue reading

Win an Armeni Birdbath!

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Each summer, we raffle a large piece of art and split the purse with the artist. Thanks so very much to Youngstown sculptor Tony Armeni for collaborating with us. Word is, with an Armeni in your back yard, the birds show up in top hats.

Your donation helps us fund our programs, and we’re so grateful. Good luck! We will draw the winning ticket July 14 at the YSU Summer Festival of the Arts.

Don’t have a backyard? This would look amazing in your livingroom, or would make the best. gift. ever.