Category Archives: Poetry

New Book News! Rick Bursky, John Gallaher & Elizabeth Powell

New Book News! We celebrate Rick Bursky, John Gallaher and Elizabeth Powell and their new poetry collections, published during lock-down. Join us on Lit Youngstown YouTube for a live reading and conversation, Sunday, October 11, 2020 at 3 PM – 4 PM EST.

Rick Bursky is an adjunct at USC and occasionally teaches poetry for UCLA Extension Writers’ Program. He is the author of I’m No Longer Troubled by the Extravagance, also with BOA Editions (2015), Death Obscura with Sarabande Books (2010), and The Soup of Something Missing with Bear Star Press (2004).

John Gallaher is the author of five collections of poetry, and co-author of two. He is the co-editor of the Laurel Review and lives in rural Missouri.

Elizabeth Powell is the author of three books of poems, most recently, ATOMIZER. Her novel Concerning the Holy Ghost’s Interpretation of JCREW Catalogues was published in 2019. She is Professor of Writing and Literature at Northern Vermont University.

Fall Lit Fest Registration Open! Coming up Quick!

4th Annual Fall Literary Festival
Via Videoconference
September 24-26, 2020, EST

kristinavogelI sound my barbaric yawp over the roofs of the world.
–Walt Whitman

Our hardworking planning committee began planning this conference in February. It seemed so far away, and then screeeee!–what a tailspin–but here we are, meeting on Zoom, and it’s really coming together. Just a few more weeks to register.

This year’s theme is In Many Tongues: Constituents of the Barbaric Yawp.

This year’s conference will be centered around writing and publishing, literary inclusion, translating and translation, dialect and dialog, atypical modes of speech, and the generational, political, ecological, and experimental elements that add to the wider literary conversation.

The conference will include creative readings, craft talks, workshops and panel discussions on writing, reading, teaching, performing, editing and publishing creative works. Highly acclaimed visiting faculty will share their experience and insights, and over 50 presenters from Ohio and beyond will speak on a variety of topics.

October First Wednesday: Kelly Bancroft & Jessica Jewell

We’re looking forward to this First Wednesday Series reading by Kelly Bancroft & Jessica Jewell! October 7 at 7:00 PM EST. The reading will be livestreamed on Facebook. Register here to attend on Zoom and/or read in the open mic.

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Kelly Bancroft (l) writes and teaches in Youngstown, Ohio. Her poems and prose have appeared in many journals and her plays have been presented in Youngstown, Pittsburgh, Cleveland and Milwaukee. She teaches at Hiram College and at the Martin P. Joyce Juvenile Justice Center.

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New Workshop: Discover Your Writing Temperament

82234858_1564294787042229_6689842761056649216_oPlay to Your Long Suit — Discover Your Writing Temperament

Story, Structure, Music, and Imagination are what Gregory Orr calls the natural temperaments of writers. Together we will discover which of the four temperaments is your particular strength and how to deepen and broaden that talent. Further, each temperament has its complement, so we will discuss ways develop your complementary temperament. For prose and poetry writers.

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New Book News: Cathryn Essinger, Kari Gunter-Seymour & Paula J. Lambert

Congratulations to these poets on the publication of their new books! Join us on Lit Youngstown’s YouTube Channel for a live reading Sunday, September 20 at 7:00 pm EST.

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Cathryn Essinger is the author of four books of poetry, A Desk in the Elephant House, My Dog Does Not Read Plato, What I Know About Innocence, and this new book—The Apricot and the Moon. Her poems have been nominated for Pushcarts and “Best of the Net,” featured on The Writer’s Almanac and in American Life in Poetry.

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First Wed. Features Youngstown Memories

Join us for a First Wednesday Series reading by Susan Petrone & William Heath, whose work draws on personal and family memories of life in Youngstown. Open mic to follow. Co-hosted by Cheryl Torsney & Karen Schubert. Register here for the Zoom room (opens at 6:30). This reading will also be livestreamed on Facebook.

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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.

“Start a new draft by imagining other angles”: a Conversation with Janet Wong

Lit Youngstown’s summer intern Danny Gage asked children’s author Janet Wong a few questions about her work and writing life. Janet will be a featured writer at the online 2020 Fall Literary Festival September 24-26.

DG: Do you think that being a lawyer, specifically at Universal Studios, is why you have an eagerness to write for children, as well as even teach them poetry? Did the setting you worked in as a lawyer make the career shift easier?

janet wongI think that my experience as a lawyer has transferred over to my writing career in three main ways.

First, it makes me kinder and more compassionate. I became ashamed of the way that doing my job was turning me into a mean person. Not every lawyer does mean things, but I did. In my job as Director of Labor Relations at Universal Studios Hollywood, I needed to fire a lot of people—and the sad part was that it started not to bother me.

 

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Making the Best of Things

Thanks so much to all who came out to Diane Kendig’s and Hannah Rodabaugh’s reading July 1! We loved the images the poets shared with their ekphrastic poems, and it was a kick to hear open mic readers from all over the map. Many thanks, too, to Allison Pitinii Davis & Danny Gage for hosting the evening with grace.

Here is a link to the recording.

We still miss seeing everyone, for real, but these Zoom readings have their own charm.