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A Lit Summer Night is Literary Cleveland's annual fundraiser event that brings together the creative community for a memorable night to help increase equitable access to writing and publishing opportunities in Cleveland.
The theme of this year's story slam is "illumination." Remarkable local writers will share true, personal stories about moments of insight, social change, and the people that bring light into our lives. 

1. Hear powerful stories that explore the range and depth of the human experience from local authors including Connie Schultz! 

2. Connect with the creative community for a fun night at Ariel International Center. Tickets include parking, appetizers, drink tickets and more. 

3. Support local writers. When you attend this fundraiser you help provide literary arts programming for our community. Free community workshops, neighborhood writing programs, scholarships for low-income writers, our yearlong writing residency and events like the upcoming 2024 Inkubator Conference are only possible with your support.

Our 2024 storytellers include screenwriter and veteran Debra Gibson, 2021 Ohio Poetry Association Poet of the Year Quartez Harris, and Pulitzer Prize winner Connie Schultz, plus a welcome poem from Heights Poet Laureate Siaara Freeman.  

Join us and your donation will help light the career of a local writer.

Registration deadline:
May 22, 2024



Literary Cleveland's Story Slam Fundraiser takes place Thursday, June 6 at 6:30 p.m. ET at Ariel International Center (1163 E 40th St, Cleveland, OH 44114).

Parking is included for free with your ticket.

Food and drink
Light appetizers will be served and each attendee will receive two drink tickets.

Win local and literary items and baskets at our silent auction (available both online and in-person).

Creative Cocktail Attire—semi-formal dresses and jackets with personal style and creativity encouraged! 

Individual Tickets
$125 Individual tickets are available for general seating. 

Table Tickets
Save by purchasing a half-table (4 tickets) for $450 or a full table (8 tickets) for $800. You can share tickets with friends or donate them to a special group. Either way you help support Literary Cleveland and local writers. 

Contact with any questions. 


Thank you to our sponsors

Silver sponsors: Appletree Books, Mac's Backs Books and USPack

Bronze sponsors: Chautauqua Institution, Debbie George State Farm, Learned Owl Book Shop, Loganberry Books, Margaret W. Wong and Associates, and Rosenberg Advertising


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