Fall Literary Festival
September 21-22, 2018
This year’s festival will feature accomplished visiting writers, a book fair, and panels on many aspects of the literary arts. Proposals are now being accepted. Registration will open July 15 with an early bird rate.
CALL FOR PROPOSALS
Lit Youngstown seeks proposals for presentations at our annual Fall Literary Festival to be held September 21-22, 2018 at Youngstown State University in Ohio.
The two-day festival will feature an acclaimed faculty of visiting writers including Nin Andrews, Lesley Nneka Arimah, Jeanne Dutton, John Kerstetter, Jacqueline Lipton, Dave Lucas, Craig Paulenich, and Judith Vollmer. Events will include a book fair, readings, craft talks, workshops and panel discussions.
Sessions will be 50 minutes. Proposals may include panel and roundtable discussions, readings, or workshops. Group and individual proposal submissions are welcome. Individual proposals will be grouped into panels by the conference organizers.
Conference presenters must register for the conference. Accepted presenters will be offered the presenter rate of $35.
We seek proposals from a diverse cross section of voices and experiences. All genres are welcome and encouraged.
Possible topics for proposals include:
- Navigating the publishing industry
- Creative readings
- Creative writing pedagogy
- Balancing writing with work, family, and social groups
- Community-based writing
- Creative writing outreach
- Residencies, conferences and other opportunities
- Developing best practices in your craft
- Collaboration and mentoring
- Responsibly engaging diverse voices and perspectives
- MFA programs
- Writing about identity and marginalized experiences
- Literary topics in all genres
- Writing for mass media: journalism, blogging, podcasts, radio, etc.
- Comics & graphic novels
- Film & new media
- Hybrid & short forms
- Strategies for teaching and researching writing
- Engaging and sustaining a writing life
Please click here to access the Proposal Submission Form.
Proposals will be accepted until Saturday, June 30, 2018. Acceptances will be announced by July 15, when registration will open.
We are seeking community partners to co-sponsor this event: LitYoungstown@gmail.com.
Please join us in thanking St. John’s Episcopal Church for helping to make the festival possible.
2018 Visiting Writers
Nin Andrews’s poems have appeared in many literary journals and anthologies including Ploughshares, Agni, The Paris Review, and four editions of Best American Poetry. The author of seven chapbooks and seven full-length poetry collections, she has won two Ohio individual artist grants, the Pearl Chapbook Contest, the Kent State University chapbook contest, the Gerald Cable Poetry Award, and the Ohioana 2016 Award for poetry. She is also the editor of a book of translations of the Belgian poet, Henri Michaux, called Someone Wants to Steal My Name. Her book, Miss August, was published by CavanKerry Press in 2017.
Lesley Nneka Arimah was born in the UK and grew up wherever her father was stationed for work, which was sometimes Nigeria. Her work has received grants and awards from Commonwealth Writers, AWP, the Elizabeth George Foundation, the Jerome Foundation and others. She was selected for the National Book Foundation’s 5 Under 35. Her short story collection What It Means When a Man Falls From The Sky was published by Riverhead in April 2017. She currently lives in Minneapolis.
A lifelong reader, Jeanne Dutton’s interests expanded after majoring in English in college to writing and publishing fiction. In 2009, she published her first novel for teens with HarperCollins. Freaked is the story of a teenaged boy obsessed with the Grateful Dead. She followed with a second novel in 2010 entitled Stranded, a mystery set in Iowa surrounding the discovery of an abandoned baby.
John Kerstetter, the author of Crossings: A Doctor-Soldier’s Story (Random House 2017), received his medical degree from the Mayo Medical School in Rochester, Minnesota, and his MFA degree from Ashland University in Ohio. He served as a combat physician and flight surgeon for the U.S. Army and completed three combat tours in Iraq. His writing has appeared in The Best American Essays, River Teeth, and other literary journals.
Jacqui Lipton, LL.B., M.F.A., Ph.D. is a law professor and writer as well as the director of Authography LLC, a company dedicated to helping authors and artists meet their personal and professional goals. She writes regular columns on legal issues for authors for the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators Bulletin, Savvy Authors, and Luna Station Quarterly. She holds an MFA in fiction writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts and a Ph.D. in law from Cambridge University. Her forthcoming book, LAW & AUTHORS: A LEGAL HANDBOOK FOR WRITERS will be published in 2019 by University of California Press.
Dave Lucas is the author of Weather (Georgia, 2011), which received the 2012 Ohioana Book Award in Poetry. He is a co-founder of Brews + Prose at Market Garden Brewery and of Cleveland Book Week. In 2018 he was appointed the second Poet Laureate of the State of Ohio.
Craig Paulenich is the author of two books of poetry, Drift of the Hunt (Nobobdaddies Press, 2006) and Blood Will Tell (BlazeVOX [books], 2009) and editor (with Kent Johnson) of the anthology, Beneath A Single Moon: Buddhism in Contemporary American Poetry (Shambhala Press, 1991). His poems have appeared in The Georgia Poetry Review, Tar River Poetry, Kansas Quarterly, the Minnesota Review, the South Carolina Review, Southern Poetry Review, Artful Dodge, and many others. He has been nominated for three Pushcart Prizes. He earned an MFA in Poetry at the University of Pittsburgh, a Ph.D. in English at Bowling Green State University, and is Professor of English at Kent State University-Salem. He is a co-founder and faculty with the Northeast Ohio Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing, the nation’s only creative writing consortium. He’s currently working on a book of poems about John Brown. He and his wife, Karla, live on a 27-acre farm outside Guilford Lake, Ohio.
Judith Vollmer is the author of five full-length books of poetry, including most recently The Apollonia Poems, awarded the University of Wisconsin Press Four Lakes Prize in 2016 and published last year. She has received fellowships and residencies from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Corporation of Yaddo, and the American Academy in Rome; and the Brittingham, the Cleveland State, and the Center for Book Arts publication awards. Her poems, essays, and reviews have appeared in Poetry International, Poet Lore, The Cambridge Companion to Baudelaire, Prairie Schooner, The Women’s Review of Books, among many others. She teaches in the MFA Program in Poetry & Poetry in Translation at Drew University.
Fall Literary Festival 2017
Lit Youngstown’s Fall Literary Festival features readings, craft talks, writing workshops and a publishing panel, by acclaimed and accomplished faculty from Ohio and around the country: Nin Andrews, Christopher Barzak, Kelly Bancroft, Suzana H. Case, Denise Duhamel, Robert Olmstead, Margo Taft Stever