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A Lit Summer Night is Literary Cleveland's fun, moving 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 fundraiser is Origin Stories. Talented local performers will share true, personal stories about first steps and new beginnings, about where we come from and what that can tell us about where we are headed. 


1. Hear powerful stories that explore the range and depth of the human experience from Literary Cleveland members and local performers Margaret Bernstein, Cynthia Connolly, Dana Norris, Fatima Matar, and Liz Roccoforte.

2. See special guest Susan Orlean, native Clevelander and bestselling author of The Orchid Thief and The Library Book who will be joining us virtually.

3. Connect with the creative community for a fun night at Windows on the River. Tickets include parking, appetizers, drink tickets and more. 

4. Support local writers. When you attend this fundraiser you help provide literary arts programming for our community. Free community workshops, neighborhood writing programs, and events like the upcoming 2022 Inkubator Conference are only possible with your support.

Join us and your donation will help launch a local writer on their own adventure.

Registration deadline:
May 23, 2022



Literary Cleveland's Story Slam Fundraiser takes place Thursday, June 2 at 6:30 p.m. ET at Windows on the River (2000 Sycamore St, Cleveland, OH 44113).

Parking is included for free with your ticket in the lot surrounding the building.

COVID Safety
All guests, performers, and staff are required to be fully vaccinated to attend this event. Please check the box below to confirm you are fully vaccinated and bring proof of vaccination status on June 2.

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
$100 Individual tickets are available for general seating. 

Table Tickets
Purchasing a $500 table gets you six tickets for the price of five. 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

Mac's Backs Books, Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland, Loganberry Books, OverDrive, Margaret W. Wong & Associates, Debbie George State Farm Insurance Agent, and Globe Electric Co., Inc..

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All guests, performers, and staff are required to be fully vaccinated to attend this event. Please confirm vaccination status and bring proof of vaccination with you on June 2. Please contact with any questions.