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About The Lit

Known as The Poets’ and Writers’ League of Greater Cleveland (PWLGC) since 1974, The Lit has shed its unwieldy title and is chartering a new course under the leadership of Executive Director Judith Mansour-Thomas.

“We’ve undergone some pretty major changes since the strategic re-planning [in the 2000s],” says Judith. The changes are evident: in 2001, the PWLGC committed itself to the creation of the Literary Center, a space that could host seminars, workshops and readings. The Ohio Writer is now The Muse. In 2007, the board of The Lit - newly christened - created a new Executive Director role; enter Judith Mansour-Thomas.

“It’s the best job I’ve ever had; everyone here loves what they do,” says Judith, who got her dream job after years as the Assistant Director of MoCA. Under Judith, The Lit most significant change has been its literacy efforts in Cleveland communities. “We look at it as a matter of expanding our audience,” she explains.

That growing audience is lucky; The Lit offers seminars, workshops and a spectacular lineup of readings. “The Cleveland area is just packed with great writers - Pulitzer winners and nominees - and nobody knows they’re here!” Judith says with equal parts exuberance and exasperation. Take it from us in Pittsburgh, Judith: We understand how you feel! Check out their packed calendar of events.

What The Lit Can Do for You

If you like to volunteer, The Lit can do a lot. Literacy volunteers, event volunteers, office volunteers - you name it, this small, efficient organization will use it.

If you don’t like to volunteer, there’s good news: The Lit can do even more. Its annual competition closes in just a few days: Oct. 15. So submit now. Its quarterly journal, The Muse, has a distinct blend of art and writing with a great twist: writers of all forms use their work to respond to local artwork. Perhaps most impressive are their non-stop course offerings, including offerings for area youth and a discount for members.

Heck, if you want to hold a release party for your new book of poems, The Lit is here to help you again. “We absolutely want to hear from people [who want to do that],” assures Judith, who just hosted local poet and professor Mary Weems for the release of Weems’ latest poetry collection.

Whatever your literary needs, if you live in Northeast Ohio and haven’t used their services, it’s time for that to change. To visit The Lit: Cleveland’s Literary Center, go to the ArtCraft Building at 2570 Superior Avenue, Suite 203. To contact them, 216.694.0000 info@the-lit.org.



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