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Lit Youngstown to host poets Diane Kendig and Hannah Rodabaugh tonight

The First Wednesday Readers Series, which is free and open to the public, will be followed by an open-mic. 
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Diane Kendig, left, and Hannah Rodabaugh will be the featured readers at Lit Youngstown’s First Wednesday Readers Series event today on Zoom and Facebook Live. (Contributed photos)

YOUNGSTOWN — Lit Youngstown will host readings at 7 p.m. today (July 1) on Zoom and Facebook Live, featuring poets Diane Kendig of Canton and Hannah Rodabaugh, a Youngstown native living in Boise, Idaho.

The First Wednesday Readers Series, which is free and open to the public, will be followed by an open-mic opportunity. 

A Zoom registration link is available at

Kendig’s recent collections include “Prison Terms” and the anthology “In the Company of Russell Atkins.” A recipient of Ohio Arts Council Fellowships and other awards, she has published poetry and prose in journals such as “J Journal,” “Under the Sun” and “Blueline.” She curates “Read + Write: 30 Days of Poetry,” now in its sixth year with more than 2,200 subscribers.

Rodabaugh received a Master of Arts degree in literature from Miami University and a Master of Fine Arts degree in poetry from Naropa University. She is the author of “With Words: Verse in Concordance” (Dancing Girl Press). She received grants from the Idaho Commission on the Arts and the Alexa Rose Foundation, and she is a 2017 artist in residence for Craters of the Moon National Monument & Preserve. She works as a teaching writer at The Cabin and as a co-curator for Ghosts & Projectors, a Boise-based poetry reading series.

Funding for the First Wednesday Readers Series is provided by Ohio Humanities, part of the federal CARES Act of 2020, administered by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Youngstown Foundation Charles W. Darling Family Endowment Fund. 

Lit Youngstown is a nonprofit dedicated to writers, readers and storytellers. For information, visit
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