Explore and discuss Cleveland's history through Langston Hughes' The Big Sea, Mark Winegardner's Crooked River Burning, and Celeste Ng's Little Fires Everywhere, three books that take place here. Using historical information to inform our discussion, this class will discuss Cleveland’s past, present and future in ways that challenge how we think about the city.
The Big Sea by Langston Hughes
Crooked River Burning by Mark Winegardner
Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng
Lee Chilcote is a journalist, poet and author whose writing has been published by Vanity Fair, Next City, Belt and many literary journals as well as in The Cleveland Neighborhood Guidebook, The Cleveland Anthology and A Race Anthology. He is the author of the poetry chapbooks The Shape of Home and How to Live in Ruins and has taught creative writing to youth and adults. He is a founder and past executive director of Literary Cleveland.