Poets, essay winners featured at campus event

The Youngstown State University Poetry Center, YSU Writing Center and Etruscan Press host a reading and prize presentation 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 21, in the Chestnut Room of Kilcawley Center on the YSU campus.

The reading features National Book Award Longlist Nominee Diane Raptosh, award-winning YSU poet and professor William Greenway, and the student winners of this year’s CROW essay awards, open to all YSU English composition students.

The author of nine books of poetry, Greenway’s newest books are The Accidental Garden (Word Press) and Selected Poems (FutureCycle Press). He has published more than 600 poems in periodicals. He has won the Ohioana Poetry Award, the Levis Editors’ Prize from Missouri Review, the Open Voice Poetry Award from The Writer’s Voice, the State Street Chapbook Competition, an Ohio Arts Council Grant, and was 1994 Georgia Author of the Year.

American Amnesiac is Diane Raptosh’s fourth book of poetry. Her poems have appeared in numerous literary journals, and her work has been anthologized widely. She is a professor of English at the College of Idaho, and serves as the Idaho Writer in Residence. A highly active ambassador for poetry, she has conducted writing workshops in a variety of locations ranging from university auditoriums to maximum security prisons, school buses to riverbanks.

In addition to the reading, Raptosh will give poetry workshops at East High School, Youngstown Early College, Choffin Career Center, and the Prison Program during her week in Youngstown as part of the Poetry Center Outreach Program.

Both Greenway and Raptosh will host a book-signing at Park Vista, a Youngstown retirement home, on Wednesday, Oct. 22 at 1 p.m., in celebration of the installation at Park Vista of the Poetry Center’s second Little Free Library, following the inaugural Little Free Library, planted at the Fairgreen Neighborhood Garden in August. Free signed copies of Greenway’s and Raptosh’s books will be available at the Park Vista event. The Little Free Library Program is supported by Etruscan Press, Youngstown Rotary and the Youngstown and Mahoning Valley Public Library.

Katina Landgraff and Elizabeth Lehman, both YSU sophomores, are this year’s winners of the CROW Essay-Writing Contest. They will read from their prize-winning essays and receive their awards at the Tuesday evening reading.

The YSU Poetry Center readings and Outreach Program are supported by the Ohio Arts Council, The Rayen Foundation, the Drs. Brothers & Murphy Fund, and the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences.

The Kilcawley Center reading and Park Vista book-signing are free and open to the public. For more information, contact Philip Brady at psbrady@gmail.com 330-941-1952 or Angela Messenger at ajbarwick@ysu.edu 330-941-1781.