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Pushcart Prize nominees featured

Arya F. Jenkins and Rose M. Smith will be featured at Lit Youngstown’s next First Wednesday Readers Series event.

Jenkins is a Colombian-American poet and writer now living in Youngstown. Her work has been published widely and received several nominations for the Pushcart Prize and a 2021 nomination for the Best of the Net Anthology. She is the author of three poetry chapbooks, a short story collection and a novel.

Smith’s work has appeared in numerous journals and anthologies. The Columbus writer is the author of four chapbooks, most recently “Holes in My Teeth.” Her collection, “Unearthing Ida” won the 2018 Lyrebird Prize. She has been a senior editor with Pudding magazine, a Pushcart Prize nominee and a Cave Canem fellow.

The reading starts at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the Trophy Room at Westside Bowl, 2617 Mahoning Ave., Youngstown, and will be followed by an open mic co-hosted by Alex Harper. Admission is free. For more information, go to LitYoungstown.org.

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