YOUNGSTOWN — Lit Youngstown, a literary arts nonprofit with programs for writers, readers and storytellers, has received a $3,225 Ohio Arts Council Arts Access grant.
The OAC is a state agency that funds and supports quality arts experiences to strengthen Ohio communities culturally, educationally and economically, according to its website.
The funding will support upcoming programming, including readings, workshops, a teen writers workshop, book discussions, a penpal project and a two-day Fall Literary Festival, all online.
“We have started a few programs recently, trying to figure out what new needs might exist and how we might work toward meeting them,” Lit Youngstown Director Karen Schubert said in a news release. “For example, when a new book comes out, there is typically a lot of hoopla, which is hard to pull off in your house, alone.”Schubert said a new reading series, New Book News, will feature three authors reading from their new books and asking one another a question about writing and publishing. The first reading will be livestreamed at 3 p.m. Sunday on Lit Youngstown’s YouTube channel and will feature Kelly Fordon of Detroit (short stories), Mary Swan-Bell of Warren (memoir) and Rachel Swearingen of Chicago (short stories).