Our signature Cleveland Inkubator literary arts festival returned for the 4th consecutive year to bring nearly a week of stellar programming to Cleveland's community of writers and readers. This year's Inkubator conference at Cleveland Public Library -- which followed a number of free literary events, including a craft talk with acclaimed author Benjamin Percy, book swap and NEOMFA reading, LGBTQ storytelling event, and more -- was a great success, drawing nearly 300 readers and writers from Northeast Ohio. During the conference, participants attended an array of writing workshops and craft talks on topics ranging from literary journalism to speculative fiction and beyond. The conference also featured inspiring performances by members of Bullets into Bells and a robust Resource Fair staffed by local literary arts organizations, public libraries, and independent presses.
All in all, this year's Inkubator festival drew close to 500 participants and helped further our mission of creating and nurturing a vibrant literary arts community in Northeast Ohio.
Thanks again to our sponsors Cuyahoga Arts and Culture, Cleveland Public Library, OverDrive, and Council Gardens for helping make this special week possible. Thanks also to our dedicated staff, board members, and volunteers for lending your time, energy, and talents throughout the week. Finally, a thank you to all who attended for proving again just how vibrant and diverse Northeast Ohio's literary community is.