April First Wednesday Canceled but send us your funny business

pexels-photo-2964115We 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) Canceled
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

Workshop: Writing as the Character in Poetry

Writing as the Character in Poetry

Whether humorous, intense, dramatic, or morbid, poets use persona as the speaker in poems to bring the reader into an imagined experience, new take on a story, or an entirely new world. The workshop will help to develop a strong sense of imagined-self in poetic characters with techniques lent from fiction and acting to open the imagination and create the strongest personas possible. This is a fun, generative workshops. Writers will go home with at least six new pieces. Writers of all genre are welcome!

Writing as the Character in Poetry. Teens & Adults. All experience levels welcome. Saturday, May 2, 1:00-4:00, St. John’s Episcopal Church,  323 Wick Ave. Course fee: $15 (collected at workshop). Need-based scholarships are available. Register here by April 19. If we are unable to meet in person, this workshop will take place on Zoom.

Meet the teaching artist: Jessica Fischoff is the Editor and Owner of [PANK], Editor and Owner of American Poetry Journal, author of the little book of poems, The Desperate Measure of Undoing (Across the Margin, 2019) and Editor of the upcoming Pittsburgh Anthology (Dostoyevsky Wannabe, 2020). Her thoughts on editing appear in Best American Poetry and The Kenyon Review. Her writing appears in Diode Poetry Journal, Fjords Review, The Southampton Review, Yemassee, and Prelude.

Food for Thought: The Hidden Half of Nature

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We picked this book out half a year ago for our series on humankind in the natural world; who knew it would be so relevant?

The Hidden Half of Nature is described as an “ambitious and prodigiously researched book” that presents a “romantic view of the microbial world” by Sonia Shah, a science journalist writing for The New York Times.
“At the heart of this delightful book lies the simple belief that microbes have ‘shaped our past and how we treat them will shape our future in ways we are only beginning to understand.’” Publishers Weekly Review
“A must-read for avid gardeners, those interested in bolstering our precarious food supply, or anyone remotely concerned about their health and the soil under their feet.” Kirkus Reviews Review
“Eye opening … A must for all fascinated by the workings of the body and for those concerned with health care and the environment.” Booklist Continue reading

No Fools, Just Fun: April 1 Features Storyteller Tom Beck & Humor Open Mic

THIS EVENT IS CANCELED but send your funny poems and stories to Lit Youngstown@gmail.com

Join us for a celebration of April Fool’s with an evening of humor and play. Storytelling by Tom Beck. Open mic to follow–bring funny or playful work. We will also be celebrating National Sourdough Bread Day, so bring your favorite topping. It’s also, and we are not making this up, National Soylent Green Day. Haha yeah, we’ll be skipping that one. Wednesday, April 1 at the Soap Gallery, 117 S. Champion St., 7:00-9:00.

tom_beckTom Beck served on the faculty and as an administrator for 35 years at The University of Akron in Akron, Ohio. Tom taught courses in Speech, Business Communication, Media, and Broadcasting. Tom was responsible for the operation of WZIP-FM radio station licensed in Akron serving central NE Ohio. WZIP consistently held the position of largest audience listenership for stations in its category nationwide and was awarded National Signature Station by the Broadcaster Education Association. Tom worked as a broadcaster in radio and television during his career in Maryland, Pennsylvania, and Ohio, and instructed in high schools, community Continue reading

Teen Writers Workshop

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Are you a teen, looking for a writing community or wanting to try something new and creative? The teen writers workshop meets March 19 from 6:00-7:30 at the Lit Youngstown office, St. John’s Episcopal Church, 323 Wick Ave. Come to the door on the right, under the stone archway, and ring the buzzer.

Third Thursday Writers Circle

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Would you like some gentle feedback on new work you’ve written? Bring 12 copies (one poem or excerpt of prose, 2000 words max.). to the Third Thursday Writers Circle. Guest facilitator Allison Pitinii Davis.

We will meet in our office at St. John’s Episcopal Church, 323 Wick Ave. at 6:00, Thursday, March 19. Come to the door on the right, under the stone archway, and ring the buzzer.

Youngstown Cookie Table!

Belt Publishing will release a second edition of its Youngstown Anthology this June DSC_0467(preorder here) and to go along with it, they are publishing a cookbook of cookie recipes that you would find on a traditional Youngstown Cookie Table. The editors are especially interested in cookie recipes that have a unique story behind them, have been handed down from friends or family, or are just tried and true favorites, always sought after at weddings and other gatherings. Please sendDSC_0468 recipes to Bonnie Tawse at bonnietawse@gmail.com. Deadline for recipe submission is Monday, March 16, 2020.