On Wed. 10/24, Mt. Pleasant residents and participants of our Cleveland Stories community writing program gathered at Seeds of Literacy for the release of Cleveland Stories: Vol 1, a printed anthology of poems, personal stories, and essays by individuals with a strong connection to Mt. Pleasant and surrounding areas on Cleveland's southeast side.
Attendees enjoyed readings by anthology contributors, who shared compelling tales of growing up in Mt. Pleasant, as well as reflections on how the neighborhood and Cleveland proper has changed over time, among other topics.
Our sincere gratitude goes out to everyone who contributed a story to this anthology, and to all who joined us in supporting and celebrating the voices of Mt. Pleasant residents throughout our Cleveland Stories program. Purchase a copy of Cleveland Stories: Vol 1 here, and be sure to check out the many oral history interviews and photographs we've uploaded as well.
This past Saturday, October 20th, was the first Cleveland Drafts festival, a collaborative event from several literary organizations around Cleveland. The event lasted the entire day, starting with a discussion panel at Visible Voice Books put on by Brews + Prose, and ending with a reading and after-party from Twelve Literary Arts at Lava Lounge.
Literary Cleveland and Gordon Square Review hosted the 5:00 reading hour at Hotz Cafe, featuring Angelo Maneage, Conor Bracken, Amber Taliancich Allen, and Michelle R. Smith.
Overall, Cleveland Drafts was a hit, and we can't wait for next year!
Check out the photos from Saturday below:
Literary Cleveland, a nonprofit organization committed to building a strong literary community in Northeast Ohio, is set to host a reading celebrating the release of Cleveland Stories: Vol 1 at Seeds of Literacy's east side location on 13815 Kinsman Road in Cleveland on Wed. 10/24 at 6 p.m.
The anthology features stories, poems, and essays by residents of Mt. Pleasant and surrounding neighborhoods, and is the culmination of Cleveland Stories, an ongoing place-based writing program serving residents on Cleveland’s east side.
“Included here are voices you don’t get to hear often enough writing about Cleveland’s less-shiny east side neighborhoods,” writes Lit Cleveland director Lee Chilcote in the introduction to the anthology. “We hope that these stories, about poverty, homelessness, addiction and violence, but also about model parents, black urban migration and growing up in the city, help to give readers a more complete understanding of these neighborhoods.”
In partnership with Seeds of Literacy, Neighborhood Connections, and Cleveland State University’s Center for Public History and Digital Humanities, Lit Cleveland has hosted writing workshops and oral history interviews in recent months aimed at helping current and former Mt. Pleasant residents reconnect with the history of their neighborhood and share their visions for its future. The Cleveland Stories: Vol 1 anthology is the culmination of these efforts.
Lit Cleveland invites the community to take part in its upcoming reading and celebration at Seeds of Literacy’s east side campus on Kinsman Road. Attendees can pick up a free copy of the anthology and enjoy readings by contributors and light refreshments.
Literary Cleveland’s mission is to create and nurture a vibrant literary arts community in Northeast Ohio. For more information on upcoming events, check out our website at www.litcleveland.org or follow us on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram @litcleveland.
To create a strong community of readers and writers in Cleveland, Ohio through workshops, classes, readings and other events.