You want to submit! But how?
Poet Barbara Sabol will lend us insights, information and inspiration on submitting poetry and short prose to journals and presses. This workshop meets in the lovely Austintown Library. There is no registration fee, but we are capping the number of participants, so registration is required. Please visit our Workshops page for more information and to register.
We welcome Christopher Barzak and Lawrence Coates to our October First Monday reading, Monday October 3 @ 7:00, Suzie’s Dogs & Drafts, 34 N. Phelps St. Free parking on the street and in the lot behind the Voinovich Building on the corner of Hazel & Commerce.
An open mic will follow, emceed by fiction writer Bill Soldan. Open mic readers are invited to the stage for 5 min.– to read their own work, or a writer’s they admire.
Come early to get a seat. We expect a packed house! From 6:00 to 9:30, a restaurant takeover will kick back 10% of food sales to the Student Literary Arts Association.
Christopher Barzak is the author of the Crawford Fantasy Award winning novel, One for Sorrow, which has been made into the Sundance feature film Jamie Marks is Dead. His second novel, The Love We Share Without Knowing, was a finalist for the Nebula Award and the James Tiptree Jr. Award. His most recent novel, Wonders of the Invisible World, was published by Knopf in 2015, and received the Stonewall Honor Award from the American Library Association. He is also the author of two collections: Birds and Birthdays, a collection of surrealist fantasy stories, and Before and Afterlives, a collection of supernatural fantasies, which won Best Collection in the 2013 Shirley Jackson Awards.
Christopher grew up in rural Ohio, has lived in a southern California beach town, the capital of Michigan, and has taught English outside of Tokyo, Japan, where he lived for two years. Currently he teaches fiction writing in the Northeast Ohio MFA program at Youngstown State University.
Lawrence Coates grew up in El Cerrito, California. He spent four years as a Quartermaster in the Coast Guard, and four more years in the Merchant Marine, working as an Able-bodied Seaman and Third Mate. During his time at sea, he sailed in the North Atlantic, the Pacific Ocean, and the Indian Ocean, and he served aboard a fleet oiler in the Arabian Sea during the Iranian Hostage Crisis. He holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of California at Santa Cruz and gained fluency in Spanish while studying abroad in Barcelona, Spain. He also worked for a brief period as a freelance journalist, placing a cover story about the U.S.-Mexican border in the Sunday supplement of The Chicago Tribune. After completing a master’s degree at Berkeley, he taught for a year in the Lycée Charlemagne in Paris and then went on to earn his doctorate at the University of Utah.
His first novel, The Blossom Festival, won the Western States Book Award for Fiction and was selected for the Barnes and Noble Discover Great New Writers Series. His second novel, The Master of Monterey, was published in 2003, and his third novel, The Garden of the World, was published in 2012 and won the Nancy Dasher Award from the College English Association of Ohio. In 2015, he published The Goodbye House, a novel set amid the housing tracts of San José in the aftermath of the first dot com bust and the attacks of 9/11. Also in 2015, he published a novella, Camp Olvido, set in a labor camp in California’s Great Central Valley.
His work has been recognized with the Donald Barthelme Prize in Short Prose, the Miami University Press Novella Prize, an Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence Award, and a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Fiction. He is currently a professor of creative writing at Bowling Green State University.
We welcome MB Earnheardt and Randi Barlow Pappa to our August First Wednesday reading, August 3 @ 7:00, Suzie’s Dogs & Drafts, 34 N. Phelps St. Free parking on the street and in the lot behind the Voinovich Building on the corner of Hazel & Commerce.
An open mic will follow, emceed by local YA novelist Colleen Clayton. Open mic readers are invited to read for 5 min.–their own work, or a writer’s they admire.
MB Earnheardt grew up on a small farm. She directs the Anderson Program in Journalism at YSU and advises YSU’s student newspaper, The Jambar. When she’s not teaching, she helps her husband raise their four lab experiments (re: kids) in a Petri dish they call “home.” Dr. Earnheardt received a Ph.D. in communication from Kent State, a M.S. degree in communication, B.S. in communication, and a B.A. in political science from Clarion University.
Randi Barlow Pappa lives in northeastern Ohio with her husband, two dogs, three horses, a passel of refugee cats, and the relentless pursuit of enlightenment. Pappadescribes herself as a country girl who is allergic to big cities and still lives by the code of ethics with which she grew up. She still grows some of her own food, plays the piano, loves rivers, nature, and all things finned, furred and
Mary Beth will be reading from Switch-a-Wishand Randi from Under the Rock. We look forward to the reading, and hope you can make it.
Ekphrasis is a literary art made after a visual art; for example, a poem inspired by a photograph. Join Nin Andrews and Karen Schubert for a workshop on writing ekphrastic poetry. We will meet at the McDonough Museum of Art on Wick Ave. and engage with the works on exhibit. No required registration, fee or experience. Please bring pen & paper. Wed. Feb. 24th, 6:00-7:30 p.m. For examples of ekphrastic poetry, visit the online journal Ekphrastic: writing and art on art and writing.
“Spike” by Tony Armeni will be on exhibit, along with other work in the YSU Art Department Faculty Show.
Despite our first blast of winter weather, Bill Lawson filled the house in early January when he gave an interesting talk on historic Youngstown “Puddler Poet” Michael McGovern. Lawson put McGovern’s poems in historical, economic, occupational and literary context when he talked about immigration patterns, the job of a “puddler,” and the style and popularity of McGovern’s poems, which take up the cause of the laborer.
We learned that McGovern lived to be 84 or 85 (sources conflict), much longer than most iron workers. It was “hard, heavy, dangerous work; the lifespan of puddlers and helpers after the Civil War was less than 40 years. The hours were long (12-13 per day, six days per week); wages low.” Certainly it was beneficial to McGovern’s health when he “left the iron and steel industry during a strike; worked as a State of Ohio Oil Inspector (obituary) and foreman in the Youngstown Street Department (1920 Census).”
Michael McGovern’s poetry was published in The Youngstown Vindicator and the Youngstown Telegram, cultural periodicals like Gaelic American, and The Amalgamated Journal. His collection Labor Lyrics and Other Poems was published by the Youngstown Vindicator Press in 1899.
Our February reading will be worth the cold car! We will kick off with two seasoned authors, and then welcome student writers published in CROW: Compose, a Review of Writing, from YSU’s composition program.
Wednesday February 3, 7:00, downtown at Suzie’s Dogs & Drafts, 32 N. Phelps St.
Free parking in the lot behind the Voinovich Building, corner of Hazel and Commerce.
He has published three collections of poems, Fathom (WordTech Press, 2007), Weal (Ashland, 2000), and Forged Correspondences (New Myths, 1996), which was chosen for Ploughshares “Editor’s Shelf” by Maxine Kumin. He has also published a memoir, To Prove My Blood: A Tale of Emigrations & the Afterlife (Ashland, 2003). His poetry and fiction have appeared in over fifty journals in the United States and Ireland, including: The Literary Review, Hotel Amerika, The American Literary Review, The Graham House Review, The Belfast Literary Supplement, and Poetry Review.
Brady holds a Ph.D. from Binghamton University. He has taught at University College Cork in Ireland, as a Peace Corps Volunteer at the National University of Zaire, and in the Semester at Sea Program. Currently, he is a Distinguished Professor of English at Youngstown State University. He is also the co-founder and Executive Director for Etruscan Press, and he plays in the New-Celtic band, Brady’s Leap.
Lynn Lurie is an attorney with an MA in international affairs and an MFA in writing. She is a graduate of Barnard College and Columbia University. She served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Ecuador and currently volunteers as a translator and administrator on medical trips to South America that provide surgery free of charge to children. She is also a mentor at Girls Write Now in New York City. Quick Kills is her second novel.
Phil Brady & Lynn Lurie will be followed by student contributors of CROW, Compose: A Review of Writing, featuring essays from YSU’s English Composition program. Angela Messenger of the YSU Writing Center is the faculty adviser and publication editor.
We welcome these students to the stage, to read their essays.
Charin George “The Foodie”
Andrew Cruickshank “Probability of Resolving Nutrition Problems Among Youth in Schools”
Stephen Vidman “Stem Cell Research: The Policies and Potential”
November 4, 2015, 7:00, downtown at Suzie’s Dogs & Drafts, 32 Phelps St. Free parking in the lot behind the Voinovich Building, corner of Hazel and Commerce.
After the featured reader at 7:00, musician Shiloh Hawkins will take the stage, followed by an open mic emceed by neighborhood developer Thomas Hetrick.
Lit Youngstown welcomes poet and scholar Philip Metres, professor of English at John Carroll University. His numerous books of poetry and translation are Sand Opera (2015), I Burned at the Feast: Selected Poems of Arseny Tarkovsky (2015), Compleat Catalogue of Comedic Novelties: Poetic Texts of Lev Rubinstein (2014), Concordance of Leaves (2013), abu ghraib arias (2011), Ode to Oil (2011), To See the Earth (2008), Behind the Lines: War Resistance Poetry on the American Homefront since 1941 (2007), Instants (2006), Primer for Non-Native Speakers (2004), Catalogue of Comedic Novelties: Selected Poems of Lev Rubinstein (2004), and A Kindred Orphanhood: Selected Poems of Sergey Gandlevsky (2003).
Philip will be reading from his most recent book, Sand Opera, which has won awards and national acclaim. According to the publisher, “Philip Metres exposes our common humanity while investigating the dehumanizing perils of war and its lasting effect on our culture.”
What a wonderful night! at the gorgeous historic YWCA, in a room full of people and that pleasant murmur of conversation.
Our five storytellers, Davita Fitzgerald, Becky Ann Harker, Kris Harrington, Liz Hill, and Terry L. Shears, told us stories, sometimes humorous, sometimes poignant, always engaging.
We ate desserts and purchased books to donate to the children’s library at the YWCA. Huge thank you to Flutterby Books of Hubbard for supporting these book purchases!
Tricia Perry (center) of WYSU was our lovely emcee.
The Friends of Fellows Riverside Gardens donated mums that we gave to five winning attendees.
Although this one is keeping mum, we know his Mum won a mum!
We thank everyone for coming out and making our evening so much fun for us.
By request, here are a few of the recipes of the desserts we served (with notes from Karen).
Rose-Scented Plum Crumble Tart
1 1/4 c. flour
1/4 c. sugar
1/8 tsp. coarse salt
1 stick cold butter, cut into small pieces
2 large egg yolks
1 T. cold water
2 lbs. small plums, halved and pitted (I bought fresh, local plums from Marcie Applegate)
1/3 c. sugar
1/3 c. packed brown sugar
2 T. cornstarch
pinch of coarse salt
1 tsp. rose water (from Jerusalem Market on Belmont)
1/4 c. packed brown sugar
4 T. butter, room temperature
1/2 c. flour
1/4 tsp. coarse salt
Crust: Blend flour, sugar and salt. Cut in butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Add yolks and cold water; blend with a fork until dough comes together. Pat into a disk, wrap in plastic, refrigerate 1 hour or overnight.
Let dough stand at room temperature until pliable. Roll out on lightly floured surface to about 13″ round, about 1/4″ thick. Fit into 11″ tart pan. Freeze until firm, about 1 hour.
Filling: Toss to combine plums, sugars, cornstarch, salt and rose water. Spread in tart shell in a single layer.
Crumble: Combine brown sugar, butter, flour and salt. Mix with fingertips until clumps form. Crumble evenly over filling.
Preheat oven to 400 degrees with rack in lower third. Bake on a rimmed baking sheet until juices are bubbling and topping is browned, about 50 minutes. Tart is best served the day it’s made.
1 1/4 c. graham cracker crumbs
1/2 c. finely chopped walnuts
1/4 c. sugar
1/3 c. butter, melted
(I had cookies left from our Eat Your Words! cookie decorating project, so I made crumbs with them and added 1/4 c. melted butter to make the crust.)
4 (8-oz.) packages cream cheese at room temperature (I prefer Organic Valley)
1 (14-oz.) can sweetened condensed milk
1/3 c. flour
1 T. vanilla
3 (1-oz.) squares semi-sweet chocolate, melted (I prefer Dagoba organic chocolate)
Preheat oven to 350. Press crust lightly onto the bottom of a 9″ springform pan.
In large bowl, beat cream cheese until fluffy. Gradually beat in sweetened condensed milk, then eggs, flour and vanilla.
Measure 1 1/2 c. batter into medium bowl. Add chocolate, mix well. Spoon half the vanilla batter into the prepared pan then half the chocolate batter. Repeat. With knife, gently swirl batter to marble.
Bake 50 to 60 min. or until center is barely set. Cool, then chill. Garnish with shaved chocolate.
Applesauce Loaf (recipe from Karen’s Aunt Kit)
1/2 c. butter, softened
1 c. sugar
1 1/2 c. flour
1 1/2 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. cinnamon
3/4 tsp. nutmeg
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. ground cloves
1 1/4 c. applesauce (I like to make my own and leave it chunky)
1/2 c. raisins (I like organic Thompson’s or golden raisins)
1/2 c. coarsely chopped walnuts
Cream butter and sugar, add egg. Stir together the dry ingredients, gradually add to creamed mixture. Stir in applesauce, raisins and walnuts. Bake one hour in a greased and floured loaf pan. Cool in pan 10 min., cool on wire rack. Dust with confectioner’s sugar.