Lit Youngstown offers reading, workshop

Lit Youngstown will host two events this month highlighting the talents of regional writers.

Writers Adam Hughes and Stephanie Sesic will be guests for March’s First Wednesday Readers Series at the Soap Gallery, 117 S. Champion St., Youngstown.

Hughes, who lives in the foothills of Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains, is the author of four-full length poetry collections. His most recent publications are “Allow the Stars to Catch Me When I Rise” and “Deep Cries Out to Deep.”

Sesic teaches writing and literature at Kent State University and Cuyahoga Community College. Her work has appeared in the online publication Rascal, and her chapbook, “The Intimate Verge,” was published in 2008 by Pudding House Publications.

The program starts at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday. An open mic, emceed by Liz Skeels, will follow. Admission is free.

Lit Youngstown also will offer “Lights, Camera, Action, Poetry!,” a workshop focusing on the influence of film on poetry throughout the last century, from noon to 3 p.m. March 10 at St. John’s Episcopal Church, 232 Wick Ave., Youngstown.

The workshop will be led by Rikki Santer, a Columbus-based award-winning poet and educator, who developed and taught a film studies course for high school students and adults for 17 years. She holds a master’s in journalism from Kent State University and master’s of fine arts in creative writing from The Ohio State University.

The cost of the workshop is $15, and those interested in participating can register at