Gallery to feature two poets at reading

Cleveland-area poets Genevieve Jencson and Virginia Konchan will read from their work at Lit Youngstown’s next First Wednesday Reader Series event.

Jencson has a bachelor’s degree in English from Hiram College and a master’s degree in creative writing from Cleveland State University. Her poetry has appeared in jubilat, Sidereal Magazine, Rubbertop Review and Alimentum. Her chapbook “Lanugo” (2015) is available from Dancing Girl Press.

She lives in Lakewood with her cats, Ernest and Sylvia.

Konchan is the author of four poetry collections, including “Bel Canto” (Carnegie Mellon, 2022) and “Hallelujah Time” (Vehicule Press, 2021), as well as the short story collection “Anatomical Gift.” She is co-editor of “Marbles on the Floor: How to Assemble a Book of Poems” (University of Akron Press, 2023), and her work has appeared in The New Yorker, The New Republic, Yale Review and The Believer.

She lives in Cleveland, where she teaches at the Cleveland Institute of Art.

The event starts at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Soap Gallery, 117 S. Champion St., Youngstown. The reading will be followed by an open mic co-hosted by Megan Irwin. Admission is free.

This will be the last reading at the Soap Gallery, and the series moves to Westside Bowl starting in May.


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