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Reader Series: Reading Cleveland

Reading Cleveland: Three works by Langston Hughes, Mark Winegardner, and Celeste Ng

Join fellow reading enthusiasts in exploring Cleveland classics: The Big Sea by Langston Hughes, Crooked River Burning by Mark Winegardner, and Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng.

All three authors spent part or all of their childhoods in Cleveland, and each of these three works is partially or wholly set in Northeast Ohio. The Big Sea tells the story of Hughes' teen years attending Central High School and living in Fairfax when Cleveland was big and booming; Crooked River Burning chronicles the city's epic rise and fall; and Little Fires Everywhere explores race relations in the historic suburb of Shaker Heights.

Together, we'll examine how these authors shed light on Cleveland while illuminating the world we live in.

Participants will read one book every month and be given writing prompts to get discussion and ideas flowing.

Instructor: Lee Chilcote is a journalist, poet and author whose writing has been published by Vanity FairNext CityBelt and many literary journals as well as in The Cleveland Neighborhood GuidebookThe Cleveland Anthology and A Race Anthology: Dispatches and Artifacts from a Segregated City. He is the author of the poetry chapbooks The Shape of Home and How to Live in Ruins and has taught creative writing to youth and adults. He is a founder and past executive director of Literary Cleveland.

Details: Reading Cleveland takes place Mondays August 14, September 11, and October 9 from 6:30-8:30pm remotely online via Zoom.

Prerequisites: None

Genre: Reader Series

Level: All levels

Format: Reading and discussion course  

Location: This class takes place online remotely via Zoom.

Size: Limited to 12 participants (including scholarships).

Scholarships: Two scholarship spots are available for this class for writers in Northeast Ohio. Apply by April 24.

Cancellations & Refunds: Cancel at least 48 hours in advance of the first class meeting to receive a full refund. Email

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