We joked about April Fool’s, but now we’re on the banana peel. It was going to be a barrel of monkeys hearing your hilarious poems and stories, and many thanks to Tom Beck for agreeing to kick it off.
Hey wait! Do you have a funny story or poem? Send it to us here and we’ll post them on our website. Meanwhile, it’s hard to tell how the near future looks, so let’s stay in touch. Here’s the plan:
2020 First Wednesday Readers Series
May 6 Angie Orlando (memoir), Christine Howey (poetry)
June 3 Nikki Robinson (poetry), Terry Provost (poetry)
July 1 Diane Kendig (poetry), Hannah Rodabaugh (poetry)
August 5 Kathleen Strafford (poetry), Ted Lardner (poetry)
September 2 Susan Petrone (fiction), William Heath (poetry)
October 7 Kelly Bancroft (play), Jessica Jewell (poetry)
November 4 Craig Paulenich (poetry) & James Winter (fiction), NEOMFA reunion reading
Lit Youngstown seeks proposals for In Many Tongues: Constituents of the Barbaric Yawp, 4th annual Fall Literary Festival, September 24-26.
Submissions are now closed. Thank you!
The literary arts 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 presenters from Ohio and beyond will speak on a variety of topics.
New Year’s Day bumps our book discussion to the 15th! Join us for a conversation about the short story collection For a Little While by acclaimed writer Rick Bass.
New York Times reviewer Dwight Garner writes of Bass’s collection, “He is a keen and relentless observer of woods and prairies and beasts of every variety, so much so that many of these stories could be dropped intact into The Best American Science and Nature Writing and no one would blink.” Continue reading →
Winter Writing Camp 2020 will take place Saturday, February 8, from 9:30-3:00 at St. John’s Episcopal Church and the Public Library of Youngstown & Mahoning Valley. This is a free all-day event, including lunch and childcare. All ages and experience levels are welcome. No walk-ins, please.
Registration is now closed. Thank you to our community for such an enthusiastic response! If you are on the waiting list, we will notify you soon.
Many, so many! thanks to Ashley Dillon for her editing and graphic design on our new, gorgeous, gorgeous! 5-year commemorative calendar. These are the images for each month, and the calendar includes Lit Yo event dates.
The calendar is a thank you gift for Fall Fundraiser donors of $60 or more or $5.00 per month. Thank you! Please know your support is absolutely essential.
Many of you have heard the call of the early bird, not for worms, but for the affordable registration rate of only 40 bucks at the Fall Literary Festival, for two days of fantastic readings, craft talks and panel discussions and book fair. But, alas, the early bird is packing up, her tiny calendar marked “fly” on July 31.
Many of you told us you’d expect to pay a lot more, but you know where our heart is: keeping it real for our folks in the Valley. Those of you who have a bit of extra have been generous in making gifts to support our work. Thank you. Continue reading →
Join us Wednesday August 7, 7:00, The Soap Gallery, 117 S. Champion St., as we welcome acclaimed poets James Arthur, Cody Walker & Catherine Wing. Open mic to follow, emceed by Arya-Francesca Jenkins. We will also be celebrating National Raspberries and Cream Day with homemade ice cream.
James Arthur is the author of The Suicide’s Son and Charms Against Lightning. He has received the Amy Lowell Travelling Poetry Scholarship, a Hodder Fellowship, a Stegner Fellowship, a Discovery/The Nation Prize, a Fulbright Scholarship to Northern Ireland, and a Visiting Fellowship at Oxford. Arthur teaches at Johns Hopkins University. Continue reading →
Join us Wednesday June 5 at 7:00 at the Soap Gallery for a poetry & prose reading by two sisters and amazing writers of Cleveland. Open mic emceed by Steve Force. National Ketchup Day. Let’s stogie up the grill.
Mary Grimm has had two books published, Left to Themselves (novel) and Stealing Time (story collection) – both by Random House. Currently, she is working on a dystopian novel about oldsters. She teaches fiction writing at Case Western Reserve University. Continue reading →
Would you like some gentle feedback on new work you’ve written?
The Lit Youngstown Writers Circle will meet in our office at St. John’s Episcopal Church, 323 Wick Ave. at 6:00, Thursday, November 15. Come to the door on the right, under the arch, and ring the buzzer. Bring 10 copies of your work in progress, one poem or 3 pages (max) of prose. We welcome facilitator Dante DelBene.