Lit Youngstown reading planned

YOUNGSTOWN — Nick Gardner of Mansfield and Couri Johnson of Youngstown will be the featured authors for Lit Youngstown’s next First Wednesday Reading Series event.

Gardner earned his master’s degree in fiction writing from Bowling Green State University. His book of poetry, “So Marvelously Far,” which tracks his addiction to opioids and the following years of recovery, was published by Crisis Chronicles Press.

Johnson is a graduate of the Northeast Ohio Master of Fine Arts and is pursuing a doctorate in creative writing at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. She primarily writes fabulistic fiction and works with fairy tale motifs to explore issues between intimacy and identity. Her short story collection, “I’ll Tell You a Love Story,” is available through Bridge Eight Press.

The reading starts at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Soap Gallery, 117 S. Champion St., Youngstown, and will be followed by an open mic co-hosted by Adrien Lucas. Admission is free. For more information, go to lityoungstown.org.


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