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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.

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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.

Dear Friends,

One chilly noon in January of 2015, a small group met at Suzie’s Dogs & Drafts to discuss the idea of starting a literary arts organization. From that hopeful beginning, we have grown into a thriving non-profit organization with ongoing programming and numerous activities and collaborations.The hundreds of people working with us—visiting writers, teaching artists, workshop participants, board members, YSU interns, audience members, funders and volunteers—have created a Lit Youngstown community, and are proof to us that a literary arts organization has a place in Youngstown.

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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.

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October Reading Moves to Monday

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.

From 6:30 to 9:00, 10% of all food sales will benefit the YSU Student Literary Arts Association.

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Bill Lawson Presents to a Full House

DSC_0143Despite 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.

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February First Wednesday Series Reading: Philip Brady, Lynn Lurie & Student Contributors to CROW

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.

PHIL_PROMO_10Philip Brady is a poet, essayist and editor. He will be reading from his latest book To Banquet with the Ethiopians: A Memoir of Life Before the Alphabet (Broadstone, 2015).

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.

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September First Wednesday Reading Series: Major Ragain & Joe Caley

September 2, 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.

Writers from the Veterans’ Writing Circle in Kent, Ohio, Major Ragain & Joe Caley read and talk about the writing group now in its eighth year. Open mic moderated by Nick Avila.

MajMaj Ragain was born on a Saturday morning in 1940 in a small farming community in Illinois. Father, a carpenter; mother, a homemaker. The poem, a thing made of language on hand, in and by hand. Wood, food, cloth, paper, that long tradition. Raised on Vernor Lake, fishing the skylights. Education, the paved road out of town. PhD, Kent State. Poetry, that dirt road winding back home, that slip knot, bridging solitude and community. Maj has taught at Kent State off and on since 1960. A Hungry Ghost Surrenders His Tackle Box is Maj’s fifth collection of poems.

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