Marci Rich

Marci Rich has published poetry, essays, and journalism, and earned honors from organizations and publications as varied as the Academy of American Poets, the Abiko Quarterly for James Joyce Studies (Japan), BlogHer, Huffington Post, and the Press Club of Cleveland, from which she has twice won Best Freelance Writer in Ohio awards in its All Ohio Excellence in Journalism competitions in 2018 and 2019. The latter awards recognize her local history feature series, “Look Back, Elyria,” which she writes for the Chronicle-Telegram and which forms the basis of Looking Back at Elyria: A Midwest City at Midcentury, her first nonfiction book. A graduate of Oberlin College, where she earned a bachelor of arts degree in English with a creative writing specialization, Marci has also studied memoir writing at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Massachusetts. She also earned an associate of arts degree from Lorain County Community College. She is a member of Phi Beta Kappa, Phi Theta Kappa, the Authors Guild, the National Society of Newspaper Columnists, the Press Club of Cleveland, Literary Cleveland, James River Writers, and the Lorain County Historical Society. A chapbook of her poems, Lights and Shadows, was published by Bottom Dog Press in1985 under her former name, Marci Janas.



Oh what a paradise it seemed …

Brimming with postwar optimism and prosperity, mid-twentieth-century Elyria seemed like Camelot, and was, in fact, a brief passage on a beloved president's campaign trail. You could visit the bears at Cascade Park and play on the slides. See a movie at the Capitol Theatre and enjoy a cherry Coke at the Paradise, but wait until the party line is free before calling your friends on your rotary telephone to make your plans. Run an errand for Mom at Hales market, then walk up to the old Reefy mansion to check out a book at the library. Do some shopping for your parents at Merthe's and Harry's Men's Wear, then check out the groovy clothes at New Horizons East.

Revisit your Elyria youth with this, your very own time-travel guide. Based on her award-winning articles for the Chronicle-Telegram, author Marci Rich combines journalism, historical research, and memoir to look back at her hometown with love.




Looking Back at Elyria: A Midwest City at Midcentury Cover Image
By Marci Rich, Brooke Horvath (Foreword by)
ISBN: 9781467141888
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Published: History Press - November 4th, 2019