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October Reading at Soap Gallery

October’s First Wednesday Series Reading features local writer Nancy Christie and J. Everett Prewitt of Cleveland. We’ll meet at the Soap Gallery this time, 117 S. Champion St., at 7:15. An open mic will follow, emceed by Venise Abell.

nancy_christieNancy Christie is the author of the fiction collection, Traveling Left of Center and Other Stories (a runner-up in the 2016 Shelf Unbound Competition), the inspirational book, The Gifts Of Change and numerous short stories including one that was shortlisted for Pulp Literature’s 2016 The Raven Short Story Contest. She is also the founder of “Celebrate Short Fiction” Day and host of the monthly Monday Night Writers group in Canfield, OH. Her “Rut-Busting” Workshop for Writers helps participants identify their objectives, overcome self-imposed barriers and get out of their writing rut. For more information, visit her website at www.nancychristie.com.

J. Everett Prewitt is a Vietnam veteran and a former Army officer. He holds a B.A. from everett_prewittLincoln University and an M.S. in Urban Studies from Cleveland State. His novel Snake Walkers won the Bronze Award for General Fiction in ForeWord Magazine’s Book of the Year contest, and was honored by the Black Caucus of the American Library Association. A Long Way Back received numerous awards, including first place in the Independent Publishers of New England. A novella titled Something About Ann, and a series of short stories related to A Long Way Back including the award winning The Last Time I Saw Willie, will be available in 2017. Prewitt lives in Shaker Heights. http://eprewitt.com/

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.

Beginning in October, our book discussion will move to the 2nd Wed. of each month from 6:00 to 7:00, still at Cultivate Cafe, 901 Elm St.

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 11, 2017 The Coldest Night by Robert Olmstead
November 8, 2017 The Round House by Louse Erdrich
December 13, 2017 Famous Drownings in Literary History by Kevin Haworth
January 10, 2018 March Trilogy by John Lewis
February 14, 2018 Citizen by Claudia Rankine
March 14, 2018 Phenomenal Women by Lit Youngstown
April 11, 2018 My Own Country by Abraham Verghese
May 9, 2018 Camp Olvido by Lawrence Coates
June 13, 2018 Blacksnake’s Path: The True Adventures of William Wells by William Heath

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.

2017 First Wednesday Series: What a lineup!

So many incredible poets, fiction and non-fiction writers said Yes, and now they’re coming to the Suzie’s Dogs & Drafts stage on the First Wednesday of each month in 2017. Big thanks to Suzie’s for adding a speaker for the spoken word, and to you for coming out. An open mic will follow each reading except in February and April. If you’re inspired, bring some work to share.

January 4: Robert Miltner/Molly Fuller


We folded Molly Fuller’s stories into Storygami! at the Summer Festival of the Arts

We kick off our series with two fine writers from Kent State who taught a successful workshop on flash forms for Lit Youngstown last summer. Purple Cat will host us at the Purple Cat Productions Theater on W. Boardman.

February 1: YSU CROW: Compose: A Review of Writing


Angela Messenger introduces CROW at Feb. 2016 reading

YSU advisor Angela Messenger will host this evening’s student readings from the newest issue of CROW.

March 1: Sean Thomas Dougherty/Terry Murcko


Terry Murcko reads at the Jewish Community Center

Two soulful poets: Sean Thomas Dougherty is an acclaimed Erie poet, and Terry Murcko is a Youngstown literary icon.

April 5: Mark Winne

Food justice activist Mark Winne will join us from New Mexico. His visit is co-sponsored by St. John’s, and his book, Closing the Food Gap, will be a Food for Thought book club selection.

May 3: Lori Jakiela/David Giffels


David Giffels reads with Chris Jennings’s Canfield High School students

Lori Jakiela, author of memoir The Bridge to Take When Things Get Serious, and David Giffels, author essay collection The Hard Way on Purpose, grace our stage.

June 7: Nin Andrews/Rochelle Hurt/Allison Davis Pitinii

We’ll be back at Purple Cat Productions for this terrific reading. Nin Andrews, who brought down the house (on her birthday!) when she read from Why God is a Woman, reads from her new book Miss August. Youngstown natives Alison Davis Pitinii (Line Study of a Motel Clerk) and Rochelle Hurt (In Which I Play the Runaway) visit home with their new books. You may have seen Rochelle and Allison read last April at the Soap Gallery.


July 5: Mike Foldes/Robert Pope

Mike Foldes, a Binghamton, NY, native and editor of the online journal Ragazine, will read from Sandy: Chronicles of a Superstorm, a  volume of poetry and images.

Robert Pope’s novel is Jack’s Universe. He teaches fiction writing in the Northeast Ohio Master of Fine Arts.

August 2: Jason Irwin/Jen Ashburn/Roger Craik

From Pittsburgh, Jason Irwin is a poet and playwright and Jen Ashburn’s first poetry collection is The Light on the Wall.

Roger Craik, a retired professor of English at Kent State-Ashtabula, is the author of the poetry collection Down Stranger Roads.

September 6: Meg Johnson/Caryl Pagel

Poets Meg Johnson of Iowa State University, author of Inappropriate Sleepover and Caryl Pagel of Cleveland State, author of Twice Told, read from their work.

October 4: Nancy Christie/ J. Everett Prewitt


Nancy Christie at the open mic at Suzie’s

Local writer Nancy Christie is the author of a short fiction collection, two short fiction e-books, and a motivational book. J. Everett Prewitt is the author of mystery novels Snake Walkers and A Long Way Back; he lives in Cleveland.

November 1: Kevin Haworth/Steven Reese

National Endowment of the Arts fellow Kevin Haworth of Carlow University will read from his creative non-fiction and Northeast Ohio Master of Fine Arts Director Steven Reese will read from his poetry.

December 6: Chris Alonso, Bill Soldan, Sara Tracey


Chris Alonso emcees the open mic at Suzie’s

NEOMFA Reunion Reading features Chris Alonso and Bill Soldan of Youngstown and Sara Tracey of Akron.

History is Local

It just happens that our Dec. First Wed. reading falls on Pearl Harbor Day, so come down and get your history on with readings from some fine local history books.


Wed. Dec. 7, 7:00, at Suzie’s Dogs & Drafts, 34 N. Phelps St. The reading features Cathy Seckman, author of East Liverpool; Sean Posey, author of Lost Youngstown, and Dr. Donna DeBlasio & Dr. Martha Pallante, authors of Italians Americans of the Greater Mahoning Valley.

No open mic this last reading of 2016. We’ll resume the open mic with our January reading, which will feature Robert Miltner & Molly Fuller. Purple Cat Productions will host in their Broadway St. theater in the historic Morley Building.

Lit Youngstown on the Wild Side

Food for Thought, our book & potluck club is taking up Eating on the Wild Side by Jo Robinson. eating-on-the-wild-side

We are learning about the wild origins of the fruits and vegetables we love, the most healthful varieties available today, and how to store and cook them to get the greatest cancer-fighting, health promoting benefits. The book is packed with information, told in an easy style, with terrific charts and summaries.

Haven’t read the book yet? No worries. Come join us. 6:00-7:00, Thurs. October 13 at Cultivate Co-op Cafe, 901  Elm St.

The potluck is informal: bring something you made or a prepared food or drink. 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. Childcare is available for $5 per child with an advance reservation. To make a reservation for childcare, please call 330-540-1480.

Here is the book list for the rest of the year.

Nov. 10: The Garden of the World by Lawrence Coates
Dec. 8: Yes, Chef! A Memoir by Marcus Samuelsson
Jan. 12: Julie & Julia by Julie Powell
Cancelled Feb. 9: The Omnivore’s Dilemma by Michael Pollan
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