Lit Community Resources
The region that includes Northeast Ohio is a rich literary landscape! Here are some of the literary organizations, events, writing workshops, and book clubs that we know about.
If you have a program or group and would like to be added to this list, please email us at LitYoungstown@gmail.com
Our group includes the Columbus, Cincinnati and Dayton areas of Ohio. We’ve got lots of active writers and illustrators in our region–from just-dipping-their-toes-in beginners to multi-published/award-winning authors.
Flamingo Writers Guild
Established to create a platform for writers in Parma, Ohio. Offers workshops to develop craft, monthly readings, a literary magazine, and the Myanmar Literacy Project. A list of upcoming events can be found here.
Greater Cincinnati Writers League Website
The GCWL meets the second Friday of each month in the Hermitage Room of The Regency, 2444 Madison Rd., in Cincinnati.
Great Lakes Fiction Writers Website
The road to publication is as exciting as it is challenging. Whatever you write, you will find someone in our group who shares your passion. Whether a published author or aspiring writer, you will find tremendous support in pursuing your dreams.
Lake Erie Ink
Lake Erie Ink is a not for profit 501(c)3 that provides creative expression opportunities and academic support to youth in the Greater Cleveland community.
Northern Ohio Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators Website
Ohio Writers’ Guild Website
A supportive community of and for Ohio authors.
Ohio Writers League Facebook page
Message board for writers, nonprofit administrators, programs
Poets Against Racism Website
Provides poets who write about social justice with opportunities to learn, publish and perform their work.
Scioto Literary Website
Scioto Literary aims to build a literary infrastructure in southern Ohio and the Ohio, Kentucky, West Virginia tri-state region.
Thurber House Website
In honor of James Thurber, a humorist, cartoonist, author, playwright, and journalist from Ohio, the Thurber House offers writing camps and workshops for all ages year-round.
Wick Poetry Center Website
Outreach, community writing, readings, book contest, public art
Central Ohio’s “relatively” comprehensive resource for writers and readers.
BAYarts Annual Art & Music Festival
“Over 75 local vendors: art, locally grown food, live music, food trucks, kid friendly projects. Free admission and parking, friendly dogs on leash welcome.” Find more event details here.
Ohioana Book Festival
“Since its inception in 2007, the Ohioana Book Festival has given readers the opportunity to connect with their favorite Ohio writers. Held each spring, the festival welcomes roughly 140 authors and more than 3,000 visitors every year.” Read more about the annual book festival here.
The Ohio Literary Trail (Presented by Ohioana Library Association)
“The Ohio Literary Trail, presented by the Ohioana Library Association, shines a spotlight on Ohio’s role in shaping culture and literature worldwide. Visitors will discover the state’s rich literary landscape through landmark destinations, historical markers that recognize literary achievements, and book festivals dedicated to readers and writers.” Click here to view the map.
Buckeye Book Fair
“The Buckeye Book Fair is one of Ohio’s foremost literary showcase events that features 100 Ohio authors, illustrators, and photographers autographing copies of their newest books. Over 1,500 Ohio writers and artists have participated in the annual Buckeye Book Fair over our 34+ years.”
Ohio Writers’ Conference
“Ohio Writers’ Conference is an annual event which is typically held in Columbus, Ohio. The conference recognizes students’ work that has been submitted and published in Kent State University’s soft-bound book of students’ original work, Beginnings. The conference includes storytellers, a keynote address, interactive workshops, and an awards luncheon.” Information found here
YSU Creative Writing Group (Quill)
YSU Poetry Club
An organization that offers “a safe place for all YSU students to share, read, and write poetry.” More details to come as the group becomes a Registered Student Organization. Updates will be available on Instagram @ysupoetryclub.
Davis Family YMCA Writing Club
This free, informal writing club meets on the second Tuesday of every month from 5:30pm - 7:00pm. YMCA membership is not required. Facebook Page
Second Friday: Creative Nourishment Workshop
At the Akron Art Museum, “Artist, writer and creative teacher Lindsey Jo Scott will guide you through timed writing prompts, meditation and creative exercises to help you quiet your mind, connect to your imagination, and discover and trust your own voice.” You can register and learn more about the workshop here.
Teen Writers Club
At the Green Branch Library in Akron, all teens are welcome to share their stories on the first Tuesday of every month. During the workshop, teens will “eat junk food, discuss creative writing and do some writing sprints. Please register online or by calling the library at 330.896.9074.”
Public Library of Youngstown & Mahoning County
Warren-Trumbull County Public Library Book Discussion Groups
Online Adult Book Discussion Group
This live online book discussion group led by a Warren-Trumbull County Public Library librarian typically meets on the second Thursday of the month at 2 p.m. via Zoom. Call the Warren Library at (330) 399-8807 ext. 200 for upcoming books to be discussed and to register for a discussion. Free.
Online Sci-Fi & Fantasy Book Discussion Group
This live online book discussion group led by a Warren-Trumbull County Public Library librarian typically meets on the third Wednesday of the month at 6 p.m. via Zoom. Call the Warren Library at (330) 399-8807 ext. 200 for upcoming books to be discussed and to register for a meeting. Free.
Open Forum Book Club
This in-person book club typically meets on the last Wednesday of the month at 11 a.m. at the Warren SCOPE Center, 375 North Park Ave., Warren. There is no assigned title. A librarian will guide the discussion to chat about favorite books, ideas, and recommendations. Free.
Youngstown State University Book Club
A student-run book club that meets on the first Wednesday of every month. A student can join anytime and find registration, virtual meetings, and book of the month details on Instagram @ysubookclub.
JCC Susan Kanterman Book Club
In honor of Susan Kanterman, a book club in her name celebrates Jewish culture with their weekly readings. Registration, virtual meetings, and book details can be found on the Jewish Community Center’s website.
The Good Intentions Book Club
The Good Intentions Market & Café in Kinsman, Ohio introduces a book club that meets the first and third Tuesday of every month. For more information, contact the group on Facebook @goodintentionsmarket.
High & Low Winery + Bistro Book Club
A fiction book club that is offered at the Cleveland and Medina locations. Those interested in attending should email firstname.lastname@example.org.
New Voices on Classic Science Fiction Book Club
Visible Voice Books hosts a book club for science fiction fans on the second Wednesday of every month. “Our goal is to have a lively discussion about interesting science fiction and fantasy books that are obscure, by marginalized authors and were controversial at the time they were written.” For more event details, check out their website or Facebook @visiblevoicebooks.
Page to Stage Book Club
The Chagrin Valley Little Theatre offers a club where theatre and book lovers can discuss their favorite book to stage adaptations. The book chosen for the event correlates with the upcoming play. For more information on registration and events, check out their website.
Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh
A detailed list of book clubs offered by the CLP can be found here.
United Black Book Clubs of Pittsburgh
More information on upcoming events can be found on their Facebook @ubbcpgh.
Riverstone Book Club (Pittsburgh)
Riverstone is a bookstore that holds monthly book clubs and other virtual book events. More info here
Dramashop Book Club
A drama book club in Erie, PA. More info here
Journals & Presses
A production of the Youngstown State University Student Literary Arts Association
Like many struggling postindustrial cities across the country, Youngstown, Ohio is a place defined by images of ruin and rust, and there are few images more striking than that of the Jeannette Blast Furnace. “Jenny,” as plant workers called her and as Bruce Springsteen referred to her in his 1995 song “Youngstown,” was one of two furnaces located at Youngstown Sheet and Tube. It was a place where things were made, shaped, created. Here in the pages of Jenny, we aim to display some of those artifacts made by wordsmiths and visual artists alike.
The Journal--a Lit Mag
The award-winning literary magazine of The Ohio State University, The Journal is published four times yearly and supported by the Department of English.
The Kenyon Review has been in the heart of literature since 1939 when poet and critic John Crowe Ransom started the journal on the campus of Kenyon College.
New Ohio Review
New Ohio Review is a national literary journal produced by Ohio University’s Creative Writing Program.
Slippery Elm is a journal committed to promoting the best fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, and visual art being created today. The journal provides educational experiences for students in editing and publishing, and represents The University of Findlay as a supporter of the arts.
Autumn House Press
Autumn House Press is a nonprofit, literary publisher based in Pittsburgh, PA. We publish full-length collections of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction.
BatCat Press is the only high school student-run small press in the U.S. We publishes chapbooks annually, including works such as Apology to the Moon by Jim Daniels and How to Build a Coffin and Other Love Stories by Daniel Wallace. BatCat's books are all handmade and we also makes handbound journals, pins, and other assorted paper products.
Blood Pudding Press is a one woman owned independent small press that specializes in hand-designed poetry chapbooks and other artsy little misfit offerings. The Blood Pudding Press shop is here.
The Cleveland State University Poetry Center, established in 1962 to promote poetry through readings and community outreach, expanded its mission to become a nonprofit independent press in 1971.
We currently publish contemporary poetry, essays, and translations with a national distribution and reach (we are proudly distributed by Small Press Distribution).
Publishing vital literature since 2008.
Dos Madres Press
Dos Madres Press is dedicated to the belief that the small press is essential to the vitality of contemporary literature.
We are a new press that focuses on collections of all kinds: poetry, hybrid, stories, essays. Our goal is to treat writers with respect and to honor their work with a beautifully designed physical book, and we also pride ourselves on clear, transparent communication throughout the process.
Milk and Cake Press, based in Hamilton, Ohio, is a family-run, all-volunteer nonprofit indie press, with a DIY mentality: all editing, layout, design, distribution, promotion and marketing are done in-house. We are hands-on and collaborative in our approach to publishing.
The Akron Series in Poetry was founded to bring to the public writers who speak in original and compelling voices.