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Fall Literary Festival Registration Open

Lit Youngstown Fall Literary Festival

Saturday, September 30, 2017
St. John’s Episcopal Church, 323 Wick Ave. &
Public Library of Youngstown & Mahoning County, 305 Wick Ave.

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. We welcome readers, writers, teachers & students of poetry, historical fiction, speculative fiction, memoir & film. Most appropriate for adults and older youth.

Register here. Cost for the day-long event: $25, includes sessions, morning coffee & pastries, lunch, cake, & cocktail reception. Convenient e-pay here.

Scholarships available for those who need assistance. Email Info@LitYoungstown.org.

Please let us know if you need accommodations.

Itinerary

8:00-9:00 St. John’s Episcopal Church Great Hall
Coffee, Pastries, Registration

8:30-9:45 St. John’s Episcopal Church Great Hall
Poetry Through an Editor’s Eyes, Slapering Hol Press editors Susana H. Case & Margo Taft Stever (bring two poems in progress)
Prose Workshop, Christopher Barzak
Memoir Workshop, Kelly Bancroft

10:00-10:50 Public Library of Youngstown & Mahoning County
“Laying the Foundation: Concrete Imagery in Poetry,” Denise Duhamel
“Writing Historical Fiction: The Ever Unfolding Drama,” Robert Olmstead
“Not the Whole Truth: Writing Memoir,” Kelly Bancroft

11:00-11:45 Public Library of Youngstown & Mahoning County
Fiction Reading, Robert Olmstead

12:00 St. John’s Episcopal Church Great Hall
Lunch by Cultivate Co-op Café

1:00-1:45 St. John’s Episcopal Church Sanctuary
Poetry Reading, Susana Case & Margo Taft Stever

2:00-3:00 St. John’s Episcopal Church Great Hall
On Publishing: Discussion and Q&A with Nin Andrews, Kelly Bancroft, Christopher Barzak,  Susana H. Case, Denise Duhamel, Robert Olmstead, Margo Taft Stever

3:00-3:30 St. John’s Episcopal Church Great Hall
Screening of Kelly Bancroft’s short film Arriving at Bessie
Cake by Selah Restaurant

3:30-4:30 St. John’s Episcopal Church Sanctuary
Poetry Reading: Nin Andrews & Denise Duhamel

4:30 St. John’s Episcopal Church Sanctuary
Cocktail Reception

Faculty

Nin Andrews’s poems and stories have appeared in Ploughshares, The Paris Review, Best American Poetry, Best American Prose Poems, Sudden Stories: A Mammoth Anthology of Miniscule Fiction, The House of Your Dreams: An International Collection of Prose Poems, Seriously Funny, and Nothing to Declare: A Guide to the Flash Sequence. The recipient of two Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence Awards, she is the author of six chapbooks and six full-length poetry collections. Why God Is a Woman won the 2016 Ohioana award in poetry; her most recent is Miss August (CavanKerry Press, 2017).

Kelly Bancroft won an Ohio Arts Council individual artist award and Ragdale writer residencies. Her poetry and prose have appeared in Puerto del Sol, Mudfish, XConnect, Jezebel and TIME, among others. A short documentary based on her family research was selected for this year’s Cleveland International Film Festival. She is currently working on a full-length play and short essays in memoir.

Christopher Barzak is author of the Crawford Fantasy Award novel, One for Sorrow, made into Jamie Marks is Dead, a Sundance feature film. The Love We Share Without Knowing was a finalist for the Nebula Award and the James Tiptree Jr. Award. Wonders of the Invisible World, (Knopf, 2015) received the Stonewall Honor Award from the American Library Association. He is author of two collections: Birds and Birthdays, surrealist fantasy stories, and Before and Afterlives, supernatural fantasies, which won Best Collection in the 2013 Shirley Jackson Awards. He teaches fiction writing in the NEOMFA program at YSU.

Susana H. Case is the author of five books of poetry, most recently, Drugstore Blue (Five Oaks Press, 2017)and 4 Rms w Vu from Mayapple Press, as well as four chapbooks. One of her collections, The Scottish Café, from Slapering Hol Press, was re-released in a dual-language English-Polish version, Kawiarnia Szkocka by Opole University Press in Poland. Her poems appear widely in magazines and anthologies. Case is a Professor and Program Coordinator at the New York Institute of Technology in New York City.

Denise Duhamel’s most recent book of poetry is Scald (Pittsburgh, 2017). Blowout (Pittsburgh, 2013) was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. Her other titles include Ka-Ching! (Pittsburgh, 2009); Two and Two (Pittsburgh, 2005); Queen for a Day: Selected and New Poems (Pittsburgh, 2001); The Star-Spangled Banner (Southern Illinois University Press, 1999); and Kinky (Orhisis, 1997).  She and Maureen Seaton co-authored CAPRICE (Collaborations: Collected, Uncollected, and New) (Sibling Rivalry Press, 2015). Duhamel is a recipient of fellowships from the Guggenhiem Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts.  The guest editor is for The Best American Poetry 2013, she is a professor at Florida International University in Miami.

Robert Olmstead is the author of seven novels, the memoir Stay Here With Me, and River Dogs, a collection of short stories.  His three most recent novels, known as the Childs Trilogy: Coal Black Horse, Far Bright Star, and The Coldest Night, have been optioned by Casey Affleck.  Far Bright Star, declared one of the top ten westerns of the decade by Booklist will be directed by Affleck and star Joaquin Phoenix. Olmstead’s many awards include two Ohioana Book Awards, Amazon Top 100, Kirkus Top 25, Publisher’s Weekly Top 100, a Spur Award for Best Novel from the Western Writers of America, Chicago Tribune Heartland Prize for Fiction, a #1 Pick Booksense, Senior Arts Fellowships from Ohio and Pennsylvania, Idaho Press Club Award and Black Warrior Review Fiction Award, as well as Fellowships from the NEA and the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation.

Margo Taft Stever’s four poetry collections are The Lunatic Ball, Kattywompus Press, 2015; The Hudson Line, Main Street Rag, 2012; Frozen Spring, Mid-List Press First Series Award for Poetry, 2002; and Reading the Night Sky, Riverstone Poetry Chapbook Competition, 1996. In 2019, CRACKED PIANO, will be published by CavanKerry Press. Her poems have appeared widely in literary magazines and anthologies including Blackbird, Salamander, Prairie Schooner, Poem-A-Day, New England Review, Cincinnati Review, Rattapallax, Webster Review, Dire Elegies, Chance of a Ghost, and No More Masks. She is the founder of The Hudson Valley Writers’ Center and the founding and current co-editor of Slapering Hol Press. For more information, please see: www.margostever.com.

sj_transparentProfound thanks to our community partners making this festival possible: The Nathalie & James Andrews Foundation for their generosity and encouragement; Rector Gayle Catinella and the congregation of St. John’s Episcopal Church, who envision the church as an artistic hub in our community;  library logo

Jo Nolfi and the Public Library of Youngstown & Mahoning County, whose dedication to literacy and the literary arts dovetails our own; and the Northeast Ohio Master of Fine Arts, an academic home for creative literary excellence. NEOMFA logo

More Food for Thought!

Our monthly book club will take the summer off and start back up again in the fall with a new focus: the American experience, fiction, non-fiction and poetry with a range of voices and perspectives. We’ll look to the past, to various regions, and to voices that represent an array of experiences and expectations.

We also looked to our visiting writers for titles, and there are several. It is a unique pleasure to hear an author read, and then to read and discuss the author’s book with other readers.

We began our food-themed book club as a collaboration with Lake to River Cooperative, and even though we’re switching up the focus, we’ll continue to meet at Cultivate Co-op Cafe, 901 Elm St., on the 2nd Thursday of each month, 5:00-6:00. It suits us, we decided.

Here is the book list. Check with the Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County for copies.

September 14, 2017 The Weight of Heaven by Thrity Umrigar
October 12, 2017 The Coldest Night by Robert Olmstead
November 9, 2017 The Round House by Louse Erdrich
December 14, 2017 Famous Drownings in Literary History by Kevin Haworth
January 11, 2018 March Trilogy by John Lewis
February 8, 2018 Citizen by Claudia Rankine
March 8, 2018 Phenomenal Women by Lit Youngstown
April 12, 2018 My Own Country by Abraham Verghese
May 10, 2018 Camp Olvido by Lawrence Coates
June 14, 2018 Blacksnake’s Path: The True Adventures of William Wells by William Heath

Food for Thought: The Omnivore’s Dilemma

We made a quick switch for our last book selection in our food-themed series, and decided to discuss the first section of Michael Pollan’s The Omnivore’s Dilemma. Pollan traces a single fast-food meal back to its source in a giant cornfield in Iowa, and forward until it is pulled steaming from the bag. Along the way, we learn about contemporary agricultural practices and consumer choices, and their implications for our landscape and health.

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Thursday June 8, 5:00-6:00 at Cultivate Cafe, 901 Elm St. We will talk about our next book series, which will begin in September.

Spring Workshop Enrollment Open!

Announcing our Spring 2017 Menu of Workshops!beautiful-you

Is there a road you didn’t travel? Thinking about writing the family story? Looking for advice on the nuts and bolts of editing prose? And who told you not to copy, anyway? Get your creative on in one of our spring workshops.

Visit our workshop page for more information and to register.

Poets Sean Thomas Dougherty & Terry Murcko Read March 1

 

Our First Wednesday Reading Series features two poets whose words have graced the poetry landscape for decades: Sean Thomas Dougherty and Terry Murcko. Wed. March 1 at 7:00 at Suzie’s Dogs & Drafts downtown. Open mic to follow. Free & open to the public.

Bring your work if you’re inspired to read at the open mic.

Sean Thomas Dougherty is the author of 15 books including the forthcoming The Second O sean-doughertyof Sorrow (2018 BOA Editions), On the One Tongue of the Wind the Orishas Rise (2016 GTK Press) and All You Ask for is Longing: Poems 1994-2014 (BOA Editions). His awards include the 2015 Betsy Colquitt Poetry Prize from Texas Christian University’s Descant Magazine, a Fulbright Fellowship to the Balkans, and an appearance in Best American Poetry 2014. He lives in Erie Pennsylvania where he is recently unemployed. terry-murcko

A voice in Youngstown poetry for over 40 years, Terry Murcko helped Jim Villani start PigIron Press in the ’70’s. He retired from teaching and play directing after 35 years, and now spends much of his time as a “manny” looking after his grand-daughter, Madaleine. He recently won a prize from the Robinson Jeffers Tor House Foundation, and is included in the new anthology, Fallen City Writers. He writes daily, completes at least one new poem each week, and participates monthly in Kent’s Last Exit poetry readings. He lives in Liberty where he and his wife, Linda helped raise five children. Terry also writes songs, rides a bicycle, walks with their dog, Lily, and roots for the Tribe with his friend Neno.

The CROW Makes a Landing at Suzie’s

Student writers from YSU will read their essays selected for the publication CROW, Compose: A Review of Writing. The evening will be emceed by CROW editor and Writing Center Director Angela Messenger. Wednesday Feb. 1 at 7:00, Suzie’s Dogs & Drafts downtown. No open mic this month.

Congratulations to the featured writers and their essays:
Jared Lyder “The Democracy Debate”
Antonina Boggia “We’ll Carry On: Welcome to the Black Parade”
Lexi Rager “Under the Skin of Eating Disorders”
Tyler McClellan “The Wrath of the Gods”
crowCasey Infante “Youngstown, OH: A Place to Go”
Jill Blacksten “Paying College Athletes”
Zameer Murad “Comic Books: For Better or Worse”

Mad props to Amanda Miller and Carly Carcelli, Writing Center graduate assistants, for spearheading much of this project the past two years.

Food for Thought Book Club

This month we will read and discuss Julie & Julia by Julie Powell. You may wish to watch the movie after reading the book, to compare. According to the New York Times:index

It was one of the best ideas yet hatched in the still-young history of blogging: in the space of one year, try to execute each and every recipe in Julia Child’s landmark 1961 cookbook, “Mastering the Art of French Cooking, Volume 1,” and write about it. Julie Powell, a bright young woman frittering away her late 20’s as a low-level drone at a government agency in New York, hit upon this concept in the summer of 2002, when she was racked with anxiety about turning 30 and desperate for some distraction “to pull myself out of a tailspin of secretarial ennui,” as she later put it. To Powell’s surprise, her blog, which she called the Julie/Julia Project, struck a chord with legions of readers who followed her triumphs and travails as she attempted Child’s straightforward but labor-intensive recipes for Homard à l’Américaine (lobster simmered with wine, tomatoes, garlic and herbs) and Bifteck Sauté Bercy (pan-broiled steak with shallot and white-wine sauce).

Haven’t read the book yet? No worries. Come join us. 5:00-6:00, Thurs. Jan. 12 at Cultivate Co-op Cafe, 901  Elm St. Please note the earlier time; no potluck this time. The cafe will be open and serving, for those who are interested.

The evening will coincide with Lake to River Co-op’s Online Market pick-up night. The monthly gatherings are free, open to the public and wheelchair accessible.

Here are the rest of our monthly selections:

Jan. 12: Julie & Julia by Julie Powell
Cancelled! Feb. 9: The Omnivore’s Dilemma by Michael Pollan  Cancelled!
March 9: Prodigal Summer by Barbara Kingsolver
April 13: Closing the Food Gap by Mark Winne
May 11: Immortal Milk: Adventures in Cheese by Eric LeMay
June 8: Salt: A World History by Mark Kulansky