Lit Youngstown reading event brings poets to Soap Gallery

Three poets will be featured at the next Lit Youngstown First Wednesday reading event.

James Arthur, who teaches at Johns Hopkins University, is the author of “The Suicide’s Son” and “Charms Against Lightning.” He has received the Amy Lowell Travelling Poetry Scholarship, a Hodder Fellowship, a Stegner Fellowship, a Discovery / The Nation Prize, a Fulbright Scholarship to Northern Ireland and a Visiting Fellowship at Oxford.

Cody Walker directs creative writing at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor and is the author of the poetry collections “The Self-Styled No-Child” and “Shuffle and Breakdown.” His work has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, The Yale Review and The Best American Poetry. He’s the co-director of the Bear River Writers’ Conference and his “The Trumpiad,” was published on the last of President Donald Trump’s first 100 days in office with proceeds donated to the ACLU.

Catherine Wing is the author of two collections of poetry, “Enter Invisible” and “Gin & Bleach.” Her poems have been published in such journals as Poetry, The Nation and Tin House. She teaches at Kent State University and currently is serving as the Director of the NEOMFA, the nation’s only consortial program in creative writing.

The reading starts at 7 p.m. Wednesday at he Soap Gallery, 117 S. Champion St., Youngstown, and it will be followed by an open mic emceed by Arya-Francesca Jenkins. Admission is free.