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WEEKEND MATTERS: Lit Youngstown to host virtual poetry workshop Sunday

Also happening around the Valley this weekend, the YSU football team will face sixth-ranked North Dakota in its last home game of the spring season.
Nickole Brown and Jessica Jacobs
Poets Nickole Brown and Jessica Jacobs will participate in Lit Youngstown’s “Coming Back to Your Senses: Writing with Awareness” workshop Sunday. (Contributed photo)

[EDITOR'S NOTE: Saturday's YSU football game has been rescheduled due to COVID-19.]

Here are some of the events happening around the Mahoning Valley this weekend. For more events, check out our Events calendar.

YOUNGSTOWN — Lit Youngstown is hosting a virtual poetry workshop with Nickole Brown and Jessica Jacobs at 7 p.m. Sunday. 

The “Coming Back to Your Senses: Writing with Awareness” workshop will focus on helping participants strengthen their poems by reconnecting them to their senses and encouraging greater awareness of self and the environment.

To register for the workshop, click here

Brown is the author of “Sister and Fanny Says.” Her chapbook “To Those Who Were Our First Gods” won the 2018 Rattle Prize, and her essay-in-poems, “The Donkey Elegies,” was published in 2020. This year, she co-authored “Write It! 100 Poetry Prompts to Inspire” with her wife, Jacobs, and they regularly teach generative writing sessions together as part of the SunJune Literary Collaborative.

Jacobs is the author of “Take Me with You, Wherever You’re Going,” winner of the Devil’s Kitchen and Goldie Awards, and “Pelvis with Distance,” winner of the New Mexico Book Award and a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award.

YSU to close home slate against North Dakota

YOUNGSTOWN — Saturday's YSU football game has been rescheduled due to COVID-19.

After snapping a four-game losing streak to open the first spring season in Youngstown State University football history, the Penguins (1-4, 1-4 Missouri Valley Football Conference) will be hard-pressed to extend their current streak.

That's because sixth-ranked North Dakota (4-1, 4-1) will be the opponent April 17 at Stambaugh Stadium. The game time has not been set yet.

For ticket information, click here.

Last week, the Penguins defeated South Dakota, 28-10, for their first win for head coach Doug Phillips. Junior running back Jaleel McLaughlin rushed for 166 yards, his third straight game with more than 100 yards.

The Fighting Hawks' only loss was to top-ranked North Dakota State, who defeated YSU, 25-7, in the season opener Feb. 21. The Penguins' other losses were to Northern Iowa (21-0), Southern Illinois (30-22) and South Dakota State (19-17).

YSU will close the season with road games against Western Illinois and Missouri State.

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