Literary Cleveland, a nonprofit organization committed to building a strong literary community in Northeast Ohio, is set to host a reading celebrating the release of “Cleveland Stories: Vol 1” at at 6 p.m. Oct. 24 at Seeds of Literacy.
The anthology features stories, poems and essays by residents of Mt. Pleasant and surrounding neighborhoods, and is the culmination of Cleveland Stories, an ongoing place-based writing program serving residents on Cleveland’s east side, according to a news release.
“Included here are voices you don’t get to hear often enough writing about Cleveland’s less-shiny east side neighborhoods,” Lit Cleveland director Lee Chilcote writes in the introduction to the anthology. “We hope that these stories, about poverty, homelessness, addiction and violence, but also about model parents, black urban migration and growing up in the city, help to give readers a more complete understanding of these neighborhoods.”
In partnership with Seeds of Literacy, Neighborhood Connections and Cleveland State University’s Center for Public History and Digital Humanities, Lit Cleveland has hosted writing workshops and oral history interviews in recent months aimed at helping current and former Mt. Pleasant residents reconnect with the history of their neighborhood and share their visions for its future, according to the release.
The public is invited to take part in its upcoming reading and celebration at Seeds of Literacy’s east side campus at 13815 Kinsman Road. Attendees can pick up a free copy of the anthology, and enjoy readings by contributors and light refreshments.
For more information on upcoming events, visit www.litcleveland.org.
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