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YOUNGSTOWN — Lit Youngstown will host poets and mystery writers in the next two Sunday readings.


The readings are part of the New Book News series, featuring writers whose books were published during the pandemic lockdown. The readings will be livestreamed on Lit Youngstown’s YouTube channel and are free and open to the public.


On Sunday, Kelli Russell Agodon of Oregon, Erica Bodwell of New Hampshire and Jennifer Jean of Massachusetts will read from and discuss their new books. The program begins at 7 p.m.


Agodon is the author of four collections of poems. She is the co-founder of Two Sylvias Press and the co-director of Poets on the Coast: A Weekend Retreat for Women. Her new book is “Dialogues with Rising Tides.”


Bodwell is a poet and attorney from Concord, N.H. She is the author of the chapbook “Up Liberty Street,” and her poems appear in Beloit, North American Review, [PANK] and other journals. Her new book is “Crown of Wild,” which won the Two Sylvias Press Wilder Prize.


Jean is the author of poetry collection “The Fool.” She has poems and co-translations in Poetry, Waxwing, Rattle, The Common and Crab Creek. She’s the translations editor at Talking Writing, a consulting editor at Kenyon Review and an organizer for the Her Story Is collective. Her new book is “Object Lesson.”


On Feb. 28, three mystery writers will read from the new anthology “Columbus Noir,” edited by former Youngstown resident Andrew Welsh-Huggins, who is an Associated Press reporter and former reporter for The Vindicator. He also will read from his mystery writing during the 7 p.m. program. Welsh-Huggins is the author of the Andy Hayes private eye series, including the Nero Award-nominated “Fatal Judgment.” His short fiction has appeared in publications including Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, Mystery Weekly and Mystery Tribune.


Kristen Lepionka is the author of the Columbus-based Roxane Weary private eye series and a two-time Shamus Award winner. She is co-founder of the feminist podcast Unlikeable Female Characters and serves as the president of the Midwest chapter of Mystery Writers of America.


Yolonda Tonette Sanders is the author of the Protective Detective series featuring Columbus homicide detective Troy Evans. She also runs Yo Productions LLC, offering services to writers, and founded Women’s Weekend Writeaway. She is a co-founder of the yearly Faith and Fellowship Book Festival and is an editor for Urban Ministries Inc.


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