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Youngstown Live/d Reading with Ross Gay & Rochelle Hurt
Moderator Philip Memmer

Youngstown, Ohio, has left an indelible impressed on many writers, who have called Youngstown home. This annual series will feature those in our proud literary legacy, and will help raise funds to keep the literary fires burning in Youngstown.

Our series will kick off with Ross Gay (born in Youngstown) & Rochelle Hurt (grew up in Youngstown), moderated by Fall Literary Festival '19 feature Philip Memmer, founder of the Syracuse YMCA Downtown Writers Center and member of Lit Youngstown's Advisory Board.

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Ross Gay is the author of four books of poetry: Against Which; Bringing the Shovel Down; Be Holding, winner of the PEN American Literary Jean Stein Award; and Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude, winner of the 2015 National Book Critics Circle Award and the 2016 Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award. His first collection of essays, The Book of Delights, was released in 2019 and was a New York Times bestseller. His new collection of essays, Inciting Joy, was released by Algonquin in October of 2022. Ross lives in Bloomington and teaches at Indiana University.


Rochelle Hurt is the author of the poetry collections The J Girls: A Reality Show (Indiana University Press, 2022); In Which I Play the Runaway (Barrow Street, 2016); and The Rusted City (White Pine, 2014). She lives in Orlando and teaches at the University of Central Florida.


Poet, editor and teacher Philip Memmer is the author of six books of poems: Cairns (2022); Pantheon (2019); The Storehouses of the Snow: Psalms, Parables and Dreams (2012); Lucifer: A Hagiography (2009), which was awarded the 2008 Idaho Prize for Poetry from Lost Horse Press; Threat of Pleasure (2008), winner of the Adirondack Literary Award for Poetry; and Sweetheart, Baby, Darling (2004). He was Lit Youngstown's 2019 Fall Literary Festival featured poet.

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$25 to attend 

$75 for 2 signed books (by Ross & Rochelle)

$100 for 3 signed books (by Ross, Rochelle, & Philip)

If you'd like to make an additional donation, please add that to the total below.

Zoom link will be sent via email prior to the reading


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