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Lit Youngstown reading highlights history

Author Karen Kotrba and historian Thomas Welsh will be featured at Lit Youngstown’s next First Wednesday Reader Series event.

Kotrba is the author of “Pottery Town Blues,” a collection of stories set in East Liverpool, and “She Who is Like a Mare,” poems about the midwives of Kentucky’s Frontier Nursing Service.

She also has completed a poetic sequence about America’s first female presidential candidate (and Gilded Age wild woman) Victoria Woodhull.

Welsh is a writer, editor, and educator who’s written the historical narratives “Strouss’: Youngstown’s Dependable Store,” “Classic Restaurants of Youngstown,” “A History of Jewish Youngstown and the Steel Valley” and “The Ursuline Sisters of Youngstown: Serving the Mahoning Valley Since 1874,” all published by History Press.

It starts at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Westside Bowl, 2617 Mahoning Ave., Youngstown, and will be followed by an open mic co-hosted by Regina Rees. Admission is free, and the event will take place on the main stage upstairs, which is fully accessible.

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