Lit Youngstown project is part of Summer Festival of the Arts

lit youngstownOrganizers of the Summer Festival of the Arts and Lit Youngstown announce a public literary art project as a component of the Summer Festival of the Arts, July 11 and 12 at and around YSU.

Literary submissions of 50 words of ekphrastic writing—writing that is inspired by any work of art—will be solicited. Writers may view images of accepted Summer Festival of the Arts artists at for inspiration, or submit writing on any artwork. Submission guidelines are available at The deadline for submissions is Sunday, June 21.

Entries will be screened by Lit Youngstown staff and then juried by a guest judge. The winning submission will be printed on a reusable, sustainable tote bag, which will be distributed to the public at the Summer Festival of the Arts.

All submissions will be displayed at the Lit Youngstown booth during the Summer Festival of the Arts. A real-time Powerpoint presentation of the statements will be projected on the back wall of the tent. Several readings and performances will take place throughout the two-day event. In addition, Lit Youngstown volunteers will lead ekphrastic freewriting tours to artists’ booths where participants will freewrite, using local art as inspiration. There will also be a raffle to win an original sculpture bird bath created by metal sculptor Tony Armeni. Tickets cost $3.00 or two for $5.00.

“There has been a tradition of the literary arts at the festival, with readings of all kinds, Lit Youngstown co-director Karen Schubert said. “We’re stoked to build on that and give participants an opportunity to share their work with us or create new work.”

Lit Youngstown is a non-profit Literary Arts Center founded in 2015 in Youngstown, Ohio, which celebrates award-winning poets, fiction and non-fiction writers and journalists, as well as presses, programs and publications. Their programs and events are focused on many aspects of the literary arts: honing craft; publishing; performing; and engaging with literature. Classes taught by skilled writers and scholars are offered each spring, summer and fall, for writers and readers of all ages and experience levels.

The Summer Festival of the Arts, presented by Youngstown State University, is in its 17th year of celebrating the fine and performing arts, local culture and community collaboration, and occurs yearly at and around the University. The event is a part of a weekend of special events including the Downtown Jazz Concert, a Gospel concert, the St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Summerfest and this year, an unveiling of an original Abraham Lincoln portrait at the Mahoning County Courthouse.

For more information, call 330-941-2307 or email Lori Factor at