Save the dates! This year’s festivals will feature workshops, craft talks, a publishing panel, and readings by these accomplished visiting writers.
Lesley Nneka Arimah was born in the UK and grew up wherever her father was stationed for work, which was sometimes Nigeria. Her work has received grants and
Lesley Nneka Arimah
awards from Commonwealth Writers, AWP, the Elizabeth George Foundation, the Jerome Foundation and others. She was selected for the National Book Foundation’s 5 Under 35. Her short story collection What It Means When a Man Falls From The Sky was published by Riverhead in April 2017. She currently lives in Minneapolis.
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”
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.
We have two interns this semester: Adrianna Mayes, a YSU English major, and Sam Amazing, a fiction writer in the Northeast Ohio Master of Fine Arts. Their talents, experience and enthusiasm will be a great addition to our team dynamics.
Adrianna Mayes is from Warren.
About herself, she writes, “I am an English Major at YSU and hope to pursue my Ph D. in the future. I write articles for Odyssey at YSU and I also write a miscellaneous blog. I am currently minoring in Theatre and I have a passion for acting. I enjoy writing in many forms, reading prose and poetry, viewing films and attending concerts (mainly rock n’ roll). I enjoy learning about history and I love to travel. I am married and live with my husband and our wonderful dog. Someday I would like to teach at a University and own a record store. Until then, I’m truly enjoying the journey!”