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Chris Barzak & Carrie George (December 6 Westside Bowl)

Updated: Apr 23

First Wednesday Readers Series presents poets Chris Barzak of Youngstown & Carrie George of Akron. Co-host Craig Duster. Open mic to follow. Wednesday, December 6 at 7:00pm at Westside Bowl (2617 Mahoning Ave, Youngstown, OH 44509). This reading will be downstairs in the Trophy Room, which is accessible only by stairs.

Christopher Barzak is the author of the novels, One for Sorrow, The Love We Share Without Knowing, Wonders of the Invisible World, and The Gone Away Place. He is also the author of the short story collections, Birds and Birthdays, and Before and Afterlives. His books have received the Stonewall Honor Award from the American Library Association, the Shirley Jackson Award, the Crawford Award, the Whippoorwill Award, and have been placed on the Human Rights Campaign list of books for LGBTQ affirmative welcoming school libraries. He grew up in rural Ohio, has lived in a southern California beach town, the capital of Michigan, and has taught English outside of Tokyo, Japan, where he lived for two years.

Carrie George is a poet, teacher, and bookseller living in Akron, OH. She is the Mapping Akron coordinator at the Wick Poetry Center and a bookshop associate at Elizabeth’s Bookshop. She is a Pushcart Prize nominee, and her work has appeared in Peach Mag, Cosmonauts Avenue, The Indianapolis Review, and elsewhere.

This project is being supported, in whole or in part, by funds awarded to the Board of Mahoning County Commissioners under Assistance Listing No. 21.027 by the U.S. Department of the Treasury.

Upcoming readings: January 3 Sean Posey & Roselyn Torella February 7 Olney Magazine 3rd anniversary & issue release March 6 Karen Kotrba & Thomas Welsh April 3 Adam Brodsky & Steve Skovensky

May 1 Sarah Dravec & Mary Biddinger

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