Cleveland poet Ali Black launches creative writing program for local teens

CLEVELAND, Ohio — The Most Promising, a new writing project by local writer Ali Black, will give local teens a new opportunity to dive into creative writing for a full year.

Black is the author of the 2020 poetry collection “If It Heals At All,” which was a finalist for the 2021 Ohioana Book Award. His work has also appeared in Jubilat, Literary Hub, The Atticus Review, and The Offing.

Designed to increase literacy skills, The Most Promising aims to help young writers build confidence and provide an outlet for self-expression.

Black will launch The Most Promising in September, with biweekly classes, training around the publishing industry, and reading and writing assignments. The program will choose 10 to 15 teenagers from northeast Ohio, ages 13 to 18, to participate. Those participants will receive a small stipend for their work and receive reading and writing materials, according to a press release.

Beyond the program, participating high school students can also apply for a four-year college scholarship opportunity through The Most Promising. Two scholarships will cover tuition at colleges and universities in northeast Ohio, according to a news release.

Applications are now open for the program; the deadline is Friday, June 3. Find more information about the program on Black’s website,

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