Lit Cleveland Celebrates Young Writing Talent with 5 Under 25 Event

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Literary Cleveland, a nonprofit organization committed to nurturing a vibrant community of readers and writers in Northeast Ohio, is hosting 5 Under 25: Lit Cleveland Mixer on Tuesday, September 26th from 6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. at Happy Dog at the Euclid Tavern.

The event, which is aimed at celebrating five emerging writers in the city’s diverse literary scene, is being held in partnership with Twelve Literary and Performative Arts Incubator, a Collinwood-based organization that works with young writers across the city.

Lit Cleveland worked with area colleges, universities and writing programs to solicit submissions from writers 25 and under. The five featured readers are Angelo Maneage, Sara Shearer, Angel Cezanne, Raja Freeman, and Alysandra Dutton. Each writer will be given five minutes to read from their work at 7:30 p.m. on the 26th. Their bios are included below.

“Lit Cleveland’s 5 Under 25 event is opportunity for the city’s established writers to mix and mingle with up-and-coming talent, and for the public to hear the creative voices of younger people in our city,” says Lee Chilcote, Director of Lit Cleveland. “We’re excited about this addition to our fall lineup.”

Tickets to 5 Under 25 are free for anyone 25 and under, and the event is also free for Lit Cleveland members. For non-members over 25, tickets are $8.00 or two for $15.00.

Lit Cleveland also recently announced its fall programs, which include workshops in memoir writing, publishing opinion pieces, nature writing, poetry, writing science fiction and other topics; book discussions and events engaging readers and writers in Emily St. John Mandel’s Station 11 in association with the NEA’s Big Read program; Read Ohio book discussion featuring Columbus writer Robin Yocum; a launch party for Gordon Square Review; and more.

The bios of the 5 Under 25 featured readers are listed below.

Angelo Maneage

Angelo Maneage is a playwright, comic, poet, and grocery stock clerk. He is also a 21-year-old senior at Cleveland State University studying Creative Writing, the recipient of the 2017 Leonard Trawick Scholarship for excellence in creative writing, and the recipient of the Academy of American Poets’ 2017 Alberta Turner Poetry Prize. His poems can be found in or are forthcoming to Z Publishing House’s Best Emerging Poets of Ohio anthology,, and the garbage. Plays he has written have been picked up for the 2017 Mac Wellman Homecoming Festival, The Manhattan Project Play Lab, and The Vindicator Hour on WCSB 89.3 FM. His stand-up comedy has earned him compliments deeming him “a breath of fresh air”.

Raja Freeman

Raja Freeman was Cleveland’s 2017 youth poetry grand slam champion. Freeman represented the city of Cleveland at the Annual Brave New Voices Festival and Competition in San Francisco last summer. She is a poet, musician, and visual artist, who has also placed second in the Ohio Poetry Association’s student contest. Freeman was also a Lieutenant Governor for Key Club International. She is attending Cleveland State University this fall with an undecided major.

Alys Dutton

Alysandra Dutton graduated from Hiram College in 2015 with a Bachelor of Arts in Creative Writing. Her fiction and nonfiction has been honored by the AWP Intro Journals Project and the Echo Regional Literary Contest. Currently she is a narrative designer and script-writer for Asmadi Games and a resident of Coventry Village in Cleveland Heights.

Angel Cezanne

Angel Cezanne is a writer, activist, and creator of the feminist publication for literature and the arts, Eleanor: A Zine. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from Kent State University in 2014 with a major in journalism and two minors in creative writing and psychology. In January of 2017, she was selected as one of Cleveland Magazine’s “Most Interesting People,” alongside local artists, athletes, and other influencers.

Sara Shearer

Sara Shearer is a recent graduate of Hiram College, where she had poems published in the Columbus College of Art and Design’s Botticelli magazine and in the University of Pittsburgh’s Collision and won multiple awards for her writing across genres. She now lives in Ravenna and continues writing poetry with the hope of someday completing a book-length work and having it published.

Literary Cleveland’s mission is to create and nurture a vibrant literary arts community in Northeast Ohio.

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