Ohio’s Beat Poet Laureate reads in Youngstown

Poets John Burroughs and Shelley Chernin will be featured at Lit Youngstown’s first reading of 2020.

Burroughs is a Cleveland-based writer who recently was honored as the 2019-2021 Beat Poet Laureate for the state of Ohio. He serves as the founding editor for Crisis Chronicles Press and is the author of a dozen books including, most recently, “Rattle and Numb: Selected Poems, 1992-2019,” published by Venetian Spider Press.

Chernin is a freelance writer of legal reference books, an environmental activist and a ukulele enthusiast. She is the author of “The Vigil,” published by Crisis Chronicles Press in 2012. Her poems have appeared in many journals and anthologies, and she was awarded second place in the 2011 Hessler Street Fair Poetry Contest and received honorable mention honors twice in the Akron Art Museum’s New Words Poetry Contest.

The reading starts at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Soap Gallery, 117 S. Champion St., Youngstown, and will be followed by an open mic hosted by Rae McCann. Admission is free.


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