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Food for Thought: For a Little While

67776435_1413485245456518_8050088538974191616_oNew 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.”

You can find copies of the book at the Trumbull County libraries, YSU Maag Library via OhioLink and the YSU Barnes & Noble.

Food for Thought book discussion will be hosted by our community partner Cultivate Cafe, 901 Elm St., on Wednesday, January 15, from 6:00-7:00 pm. If you would like to order a bite to eat, please arrive well before the counter closes at 6:00. Haven’t read the book yet? No worries. Join us.

February 12 (Nonfiction) The Uninhabitable Earth by David Wallace-Wells
March 11 (Fiction, Novel) Unsheltered by Barbara Kingsolver
April 8 (Nonfiction) The Hidden Half of Nature: The Microbial Roots of Life and Health by David R. Montgomery & Anne Biklé
May 13 (Nonfiction) Bringing Nature Home by Douglas Tallamy

Winter Writing Camp Registration Open!

Winter Writing Camp

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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.

Registration is now open! To register, click here. Seating is limited. You will be added to a waiting list, and we’ll let you know if a seat opens up for you!

Here is the schedule of sessions. Participants will receive a program with this schedule, and more information about the sessions and teaching artists. Please consider this a draft; there may be changes to this program. See you soon!

9:00 – 9:30 Registration & Bagels
9:45 Welcome

Schedule Adults  Adults  Adults  Teens  5-7th Grade K-4th (K-1 w/ Adult)
Session 1
10:00-10:50
Barbara Sabol

Descriptive Language

10:00-11:50

Marion Boyer
Poetry Revision

Josh Nauman

Technical Writing

Teens

Meg Silver

5-7th Grade

Regis Coustillac

K-4th Grade

Carrie George

Session 2
11:00-11:50
Nikki Ericksen

Writing a Children’s Book 

Robin Wesson

Inspired by Maya Angelou 

Teens

Stephanie Stearns

5-7th Grade

Carrie George

K-4th Grade

Regis Coustillac

12:00-12:50 Lunch & Open Mic
Session 3
1:00-1:50
1:00-3:00

Katie Passerotti How to Open a Novel or Story

 

Bridgid Cassin

Poetry Touch & Taste

Mari Alschuler

Haiku

5th Grade-Teens

Liz Skeels

K-4th Grade

Cherise
Benton

Session 4
2:00-3:00
Storytelling Performance
Jocelyn & Robert Dabney

Please join us in thanking our funders Harrington, Hoppe & Mitchell; Anita Gorman;  Maureen Reardon and St. John’s Episcopal Church. Thank you!

Lit Youngstown in Your Kitchen

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.

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The calendar is a thank you gift for donors of $60 or more or $5.00 per month. Thank you! Please know your support is absolutely essential. Would you like to be a new contributor? Do you feel our work in the literary community brings $5.00 of value each month? More about our first 5 years here and donating here.

Additional calendars are available for $15.00 each.

Additional 2020 Commemorative Calendars

$15.00

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Early Bird Starts to Pack

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.

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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.

If you’re a writer, be sure to get in on this. If you’re a reader, look it over. The quality of writers coming in, the eight featured writers and fifty presenters from the Valley, region, and throughout the Eastern U.S., is something we’re proud to crow about.

With sponsors like this, you know we’re in good company. Please join us in thanking them: the Nathalie & James Andrews Foundation, Lesley Nneka Arimah, Nancy Beeghly, Marion Boyer, Barbara Brothers, the Community Foundation of the Mahoning Valley, Liz Hill, the Northeast Ohio Master of Fine Arts, the Ohio Arts Council, Purple Cat, St. John’s Episcopal Church,  Sojourn to the Past, the Youngstown Foundation, Youngstown State University College of Liberal Arts & Social Sciences, Youngstown State University English Department, Youngstown State University Women & Gender Studies

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Poets & Ice Cream

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.

Cody Walker directs Creative Writing at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. Author of poetry collections The Self-Styled No-Child and Shuffle and Breakdown. His work appears in The New York Times Magazine, The Yale Review and The Best American Poetry. He’s the co-director of the Bear River Writers’ Conference. Walker’s chapbook, The Trumpiad, was published on the last of Trump’s first 100 Days. Proceeds are being donated to the ACLU.

Catherine Wing is the author of two collections of poetry, Enter Invisible and Gin & Bleach. Her poems have been published in such journals as Poetry, The Nation, and Tin House. She teaches at Kent State University and is currently serving as the Director of the NEOMFA, the nation’s only consortial program in Creative Writing.

First Wednesday Reading Features Mary Grimm & Susan Grimm

grimmJoin 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.

Susan Grimm is the author of Almost Home (1997), Lake Erie Blue (2004), and Roughed Up by the Sun’s Mothering Tongue (2011). Her poetry has appeared in Blackbird, The Journal, South Dakota Review, Poetry East, and Tar River Poetry.

Many thanks to the sponsors of the First Wednesday series: the Nathalie & James Andrews Foundation and the Kennedy Family Foundation via the Community Foundation of the Mahoning Valley.

Third Thursday Writers Circle

Would you like some 35227610_1088459824625730_3502471127521820672_ngentle 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.

Writers Circle June 21

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The Lit Youngstown Writers Circle will meet in our office at St. John’s Episcopal Church, 323 Wick Ave. at 6:00, Thursday, June 21. Come to the door on the right, under the arch, and ring the buzzer.

We welcome facilitator Allison Pitinii Davis. Bring 5 copies of one poem or story excerpt, maximum 5 pages.

For the Birds! And for You

IMG_5623Each 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 on this gorgeous piece. 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! If you win, we’ll come and take a picture. We will draw the winning ticket July 8 at the YSU Summer Festival of the Arts.