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Lit Youngstown adds Sunday reading series

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A series of Sunday readings will join Lit Youngstown’s regular First Wednesday Reading Series event in October.

Up first is a First Wednesday program featuring Youngstown poet, playwright and essayist Kelly Bancroft and Kent poet Jessica Jewell at 7 p.m. Wednesday.

Bancroft’s poems and prose have appeared in many journals, and her plays have been presented in Youngstown, Pittsburgh, Cleveland and Milwaukee. She teaches at Hiram College and at the Martin P. Joyce Juvenile Justice Center.

Jewell is the author of three collections of poetry including “Dust Runner,” “Slap Leather” and “Sisi and the Girl from Town.” She also is co-editor of the bilingual collection “I Hear the World Sing.” Jewell is the senior academic program director for the Wick Poetry Center at Kent State University, where she also earned her master’s degree and doctorate.

The readings will be followed by an open mic. The event will be livestreamed on Facebook and YouTube. Those interested in participating in the open mic can go to www.lityoungstown.org to register for the Zoom link.

New Book News readings will celebrate poets who have published books during the pandemic lock-down. During the hour long events, poets will read from their work and engage one another in conversation about the new books.

The lineup includes:

• Oct. 11 — Elizabeth Powell (Vermont), Rick Bursky (California) and John Gallaher (Missouri) at 3 p.m.

• Oct. 18 — Kathryn Nuernberger (Missouri), Michael Waters (New York) and Deborah Paredez (New York) at 7 p.m.

• Oct. 25 — Jonathan Jackson Jr. (Louisiana, originally of Youngstown), Pam Anderson (Canton) and Marjorie Maddox (Pennsylvania) at 7 p.m.

• Nov. 1 — Elana Bell, Susana H. Case and Mervyn Taylor (all of New York) at 4 p.m.

• Nov. 8 — Bruce Bond (Texas), Lauren Camp (New Mexico) and Megan Merchant (Arizona) at 7 p.m.

The Sunday readings will be livestreamed and recorded on Lit Youngstown’s YouTube channel.

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