Meet five of Cleveland's best rising star writers

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Cleveland's literary community is bursting with talent, and that includes its newest generation of writers.

CLEVELAND, Ohio - Cleveland's literary community is bursting with talent, and that includes its newest generation of writers. A handful of rising star scribes will get the spotlight at the "5 Under 25" mixer 6:30-9 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 26, at the Happy Dog at the Euclid Tavern, 11625 Euclid Ave.

The event is hosted by local nonprofit Literary Cleveland, in collaboration with Twelve Literary Arts. It's free for anyone under 25, and $8 or two for $15 for all other attendees. 

"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."

Each of the writers will get five minutes to share their works. The night includes readings by Angelo Maneage, who received the 2017 Leonard Trawick Scholarship for excellence in creative writing and the Academy of American Poets' 2017 Alberta Turner Poetry Prize. Raja Freeman, Cleveland's 2017 youth poetry grand slam champion, and Angel Cezanne, who spearheaded the publication "Eleanor: A Zine," will also read. Alys Dutton and Sara Shearer, whose works have garnered regional attention, complete the lineup.

In April, Raja Freeman wowed the Cleveland youth poetry grand slam audiences with her gritty narratives and wordplay. Upon winning, she told Cleveland.com she looks to musicians like Erykah Badu and Frank Ocean as inspiration.

 "When I listen to a song I think, 'What's my perspective on this? How can I change this?'" she said. "I'm always looking for ideas."

Cezanne, who founded "Eleanor" in 2015 soon after she graduated from Kent State University, says that growing up, she was unsure where her writing could take her. Editing her publication and being a part of events like this have helped her find her voice.

"Being a young person in the Rust Belt, the child of a union laborer and the first in my family to go to college, I never really thought I would get to have opportunities like this," she says. "I'm simply happy that Cleveland is thriving, inspiring writers and artists to come together and lift each other up, and that I can play even a small role in all of that."

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