March 7, 2016: Lit Youngstown to present ‘Outsiders, Artists, and Adventurers: Youth Dispatches from the Rust Belt’

Lit Youngstown will present “Outsiders, Artists, and Adventurers: Youth Dispatches from the Rust Belt: An Evening with Chris Jennings, Canfield High School Students & David Giffels” at 7 p.m. on Monday, March 7 at Suzie’s Dogs & Drafts in downtown Youngstown. The reading is free and open to the public.



The literary arts nonprofit Lit Youngstown hosts a monthly reading at Suzie’s Dogs & Drafts on Phelps Street in downtown Youngstown. 

“Each of the monthly readings is great in its own way,” said Lit Youngstown co-director Karen Schubert. “We are especially excited about this one. We invited Chris

Jennings to our series after we watched his excellent TEDx talk. Chris tells us he is bringing a few very talented students, and he has also invited celebrated writer David Giffels to join him.”



Jennings teaches English at Canfield High School where he also advises the journalism program, the student council, and is a speech and debate coach. Jennings was a speaker at TEDx Youngstown in 2015 and serves on the committee for TEDx Youngstown. He has been teaching for nine years and is a resident of downtown Youngstown.

Giffels is assistant professor of English at University of Akron, and teaches creative nonfiction in the Northeast Ohio Master of Fine Arts Program. His earlier book, “All the Way Home: Building a Family in a Falling-Down House,” is a memoir of growing into young fatherhood while trying to reclaim a ramshackle mansion. 

Giffels has published several books, including “The Hard Way on Purpose,” a collection of essays about what Giffels calls the “quirky, hardbitten cultural landscape of America’s Rust Belt.” 

Jennings said he invited special guest Giffels because he is a “nationally recognized author and someone so dedicated to the Rust Belt.” 

The Canfield High School students who will present with Jennings are Marie Messuri, Alec Kan, Carson Markley, Annie Vallas, Chayla Regano, Nick Palermo, Rachel Gobep, British Wagner, Maddie Urig, Lennon Sackela and Cooper Johnson.

For more information, e-mail or visit or  Lit Youngstown on Facebook. 

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