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Lit Youngstown Hosts the Rust Belt City Poetry Tour (August 10)

On a five-city tour, poets from several Rust Belt cities will read their work in the trophy room at Westside Bowl, 2617 Mahoning Ave., at 7:00pm Thursday, August 10. The reading is free and open to the public. (With our apologies, the trophy room is only accessible via stairs.)

Jason Baldinger is a poet and photographer from Pittsburgh, PA. He’s penned fifteen books of poetry the newest of which include: A History of Backroads Misplaced: Selected Poems 2010-2020 (Kung Fu Treachery), and This Still Life (Kung Fu Treachery) with James Benger. His first book of photography, Lazarus, as well as two ekphrastic collaborations (with Rebecca Schumejda and Robert Dean) are forthcoming. His work has appeared across a wide variety of online sites and print journals. You can hear him from various books on Bandcamp and on lps by The Gotobeds and Theremonster. His etsy shop can be found under the tag la belle riviere.

Angel James is an easily distracted creative person from a sleepy, rural river town in Central Pennsylvania. She earned her Bachelor and Master of Arts degrees in English and a graduate certificate in Institutional Research and Assessment. Becoming Friends With Chaos, a collection of works inspired by the life and music of Bob Dylan, is her first book of poetry.

Mitch James is a Professor of Composition and Literature at Lakeland Community College in Kirtland, OH and the Managing Editor at Great Lakes Review. Mitch is the author of Seldom Seen: A Miner’s Tale (Sunbury Press) and has published works across the genres of short fiction, poetry, and academic scholarship. You can find his latest short fiction in Made of Rust and Glass: Midwest Literary Fiction Vol. 2, Red Branch Review, and Bull; poetry at Shelia-Na-Gig, Watershed Journal, I Thought I Heard a Cardinal Sing: Ohio's Appalachian Voices; and scholarship at Journal of Creative Writing Studies. Find more at and on Twitter @mrjames5527.

Jonie McIntire is the first female Poet Laureate of Lucas County, Ohio. Her most recent chapbook, Semidomesticated (re-released by Sheila-Na-Gig Editions, 2022) won Red Flag Poetry’s 2020 chapbook contest. Her prior chapbooks are Beyond the Sidewalk (Nightballet Press, 2017) and Not All Who Are Lost Wander (Finishing Line Press, 2016). She is poetry editor at Of Rust and Glass, Membership Chair at Ohio Poetry Association, and hosts Uncloistered Poetry, a monthly reading series in Toledo.

Karen Schubert grew up in Buffalo and lives in Youngstown, Ohio, which is stapled to the Ohio-Pennsylvania margin. She holds an MFA from the Northeast Ohio Master of Fine Arts and is the author of The Compost Reader and five chapbooks. She is founding director of Lit Youngstown.

Paul Trombley was born, raised and lives in Detroit, Michigan. He earned a BA in English from the University of Detroit long ago and even published a few poems in some college rags. The bulk of the past 27 years have been spent raising three beautiful children and teaching Kindergarten at a Waldorf School. Paul intends on returning to more writing in the third act of his life and hopes to write and publish a book of poems and perhaps finish a novel about the passing of his mother and father. He also likes to strum the guitar now and again and is figuring out what he and his wife will do with all of their time now that the children are grown.

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