A Lit Summer Night

Thursday, June 2, 2022

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A Lit Summer Night is Literary Cleveland's fun, moving fundraiser party that brings together the creative community for a memorable night to help increase equitable access to writing and publishing opportunities in Cleveland.

Five local speakers will share true, personal stories on the theme of Origin Stories. Hear about first steps and new beginnings, about where we come from and what that can tell us about where we are headed. The program, hosted by Amy Eddings, will highlight the transformative power of literature and storytelling, and help raise funds to support Literary Cleveland's free Inkubator Conference, year-round programs, and scholarships for writers.

Hear powerful stories

Speakers Margaret Bernstein, Cynthia Connolly, Dana Norris, Fatima Matar, and Liz Roccoforte will share true, personal stories that explore the range and depth of the human experience.

See special guest Susan Orlean

Hear a story from native Clevelander and bestselling author of The Orchid Thief andThe Library Book who will be joining us virtually.

Connect with the creative community

Mingle with fellow supporters of the arts for a fun night at Windows on the River. Tickets include parking, appetizers, drink tickets, and more.

Support local writers

When you attend this celebration you help provide literary arts programming for our community. Free community workshops, neighborhood writing programs, and events like the upcoming 2022 Inkubator Conference are only possible with your support.

Join us and your donation will help launch a local writer on their own adventure.

Registration deadline: May 23, 2022

WHAT TO EXPECT

Location: A Lit Summer Night takes place Thursday, June 2 at 6:30 p.m. ET at Windows on the River (2000 Sycamore St, Cleveland, OH 44113).
Parking
: Parking is included for free with your ticket in the lot surrounding the building.
COVID Safety
: All guests, performers, and staff are required to be fully vaccinated to attend this event. Please check the box below to confirm you are fully vaccinated and bring proof of vaccination status on June 2. We also encourage mask wearing, and will be providing color coded identifiers that let you indicate to others whether you are comfortable interacting or prefer to keep your distance to stay safe.
Food and drink
: Light appetizers will be served and each attendee will receive two drink tickets.
Auction: Win local and literary items and baskets at our silent auction (available both online and in-person).
Dress: Creative Cocktail Attire—semi-formal dresses and jackets with personal style and creativity encouraged! 
Individual Tickets
: $100 individual tickets are available for general seating.
Table Tickets
: Purchasing a $500 table gets you six tickets for the price of five. You can share tickets with friends or donate them to a special group all while supporting Literary Cleveland and local writers.

Thank you to our sponsors!

Mac's Backs Books, Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland, Loganberry Books, OverDrive, Margaret W. Wong & Associates, Debbie George State Farm Insurance Agent, and Globe Electric Co., Inc.

A Lit Summer Night is Literary Cleveland's fun, moving fundraiser party that brings together the creative community for a memorable night to help increase equitable access to writing and publishing opportunities in Cleveland.

Five local speakers will share true, personal stories on the theme of Origin Stories. Hear about first steps and new beginnings, about where we come from and what that can tell us about where we are headed. The program, hosted by Amy Eddings, will highlight the transformative power of literature and storytelling, and help raise funds to support Literary Cleveland's free Inkubator Conference, year-round programs, and scholarships for writers.

Hear powerful stories

Speakers Margaret Bernstein, Cynthia Connolly, Dana Norris, Fatima Matar, and Liz Roccoforte will share true, personal stories that explore the range and depth of the human experience.

See special guest Susan Orlean

Hear a story from native Clevelander and bestselling author of The Orchid Thief andThe Library Book who will be joining us virtually.

Connect with the creative community

Mingle with fellow supporters of the arts for a fun night at Windows on the River. Tickets include parking, appetizers, drink tickets, and more.

Support local writers

When you attend this celebration you help provide literary arts programming for our community. Free community workshops, neighborhood writing programs, and events like the upcoming 2022 Inkubator Conference are only possible with your support.

Join us and your donation will help launch a local writer on their own adventure.

Registration deadline: May 23, 2022

WHAT TO EXPECT

Location: A Lit Summer Night takes place Thursday, June 2 at 6:30 p.m. ET at Windows on the River (2000 Sycamore St, Cleveland, OH 44113).
Parking
: Parking is included for free with your ticket in the lot surrounding the building.
COVID Safety
: All guests, performers, and staff are required to be fully vaccinated to attend this event. Please check the box below to confirm you are fully vaccinated and bring proof of vaccination status on June 2. We also encourage mask wearing, and will be providing color coded identifiers that let you indicate to others whether you are comfortable interacting or prefer to keep your distance to stay safe.
Food and drink
: Light appetizers will be served and each attendee will receive two drink tickets.
Auction: Win local and literary items and baskets at our silent auction (available both online and in-person).
Dress: Creative Cocktail Attire—semi-formal dresses and jackets with personal style and creativity encouraged! 
Individual Tickets
: $100 individual tickets are available for general seating.
Table Tickets
: Purchasing a $500 table gets you six tickets for the price of five. You can share tickets with friends or donate them to a special group all while supporting Literary Cleveland and local writers.

Thank you to our sponsors!

Mac's Backs Books, Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland, Loganberry Books, OverDrive, Margaret W. Wong & Associates, Debbie George State Farm Insurance Agent, and Globe Electric Co., Inc.

Windows on the River

2000 Sycamore St, Cleveland, OH 44113

Our Presenters

Margaret Bernstein

Margaret Bernstein is the Director of Advocacy and Community Initiatives at WKYC Channel 3. A devoted champion of literacy, Margaret earned a 2016 Emmy for her #WeReadHere campaign at WKYC. She is the author of a series of storybooks with multicultural illustrations that are designed to help fathers and their young children develop a ritual of reading together. Her latest book in the “Dads Day” series is titled “The Fathers Walk”.

Cynthia Connolly

Cynthia Connolly is the Director of Programming at the City Club of Cleveland. She has more than a decade of experience in the nonprofit sector, most recently with Policy Matters Ohio and Ohio City Incorporated. A citizen of the Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians located in Northern Michigan, she serves on the Executive Board for the Lake Erie Native American Council and teaches the Native American Studies course at Kent State University.

Dana Norris

Dana Norris is the founder of Story Club Cleveland, a nonfiction storytelling show held in Cleveland, Chicago, Boston, Minneapolis, and Columbus. Her work has appeared in/on McSweeney's Internet Tendency, The Rumpus, Tampa Review, the Risk! podcast, WCPN Cleveland, and WBEZ Chicago, among many others. Dana is the author of The Storytelling Code: 10 Simple Rules to Shape and Tell a Brilliant Story.

Fatima Matar

Fatima Matar sought asylum in the United States after facing prosecution for her political and social activism in her home country Kuwait. Her writing has appeared in The Wry Ronin, Acumen, The Journal, Angelic Dynamo, Further Monthly, Fleeting Magazine, Bad Language, Staples Magazine, Word, Jaffat El Aqlam, Oyster River Pages, Gordon Square Review, and OffSpring. https://fatimaalmatar.com/

Liz Roccoforte

Liz grew up in San Diego, studied acting at UC Irvine, and earned her MA in Gender and Sexuality studies from University of Cincinnati. She served as the inaugural Director for the LGBT Center at Case Western Reserve University and is currently a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Consultant. Sharing her story has helped her begin to heal from personal tragedy, and she is grateful for the Literary Cleveland community for their fond embrace.

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