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.
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