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First Wednesday: Kayla Jeswald & Cliff Richeal

March’s First Wednesday Reading, March 4, 7:00, The Soap Gallery, 117 S. Champion St., will feature fiction writer Kayla Jeswald & poet Cliff Richeal, followed by an open mic emceed by Kelsey Myers. We will also be celebrating National Poundcake Day.

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Kayla Jeswald was born and raised in Youngstown, Ohio. She received her MFA in creative writing in 2017 from YSU. Some of her work has been included in The Jenny Mag and she also appeared in the Z Publishing House, Emerging Poets in Ohio anthology. Her first collection of short stories, Stages of Blue (Unsolicited Press), was just published in February. She is currently working on her second collection, which focuses on flash fiction pieces.

Cliff M. Richeal is a poet, writer, and author of How Air Balloons Work and Where the River Keeps No Gods. Richeal is an IT Director for an international manufacturer of transmission, distribution, substation, OEM and telecommunication products that operate facilities in the United States and around the world. He resides is northeastern Ohio and oversees the upbringing of his libertarian cat Brahmz.

2020 First Wednesday Readers Series: April 1 Thomas Beck (storytelling) Humor Open Mic May 6 Angie Orlando (memoir) Christine Howey (poetry) June 3 Nikki Robinson (poetry), Terry Provost (poetry) July 1 Diane Kendig (poetry), Hannah Rodabaugh (poetry) August 5 Kathleen Strafford (poetry), Ted Lardner (poetry) September 2 Susan Petrone (fiction), William Heath (poetry) October 7 Kelly Bancroft (play), Jessica Jewell (poetry) November 4 Craig Paulenich (poetry) & James Winter (fiction) NEOMFA reunion reading .



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