Wednesday, September 10, 2014
Tuesday, September 9, 2014
[From the event page on Facebook:]
Guide to Kulchur and Children's Defense Fund / New Abolitionist Association (Ohio) would like to invite you to Free Yo Mind Hip-Hop Cradle2Poetry Slam, the funky-fresh poetry slam contest hosted by Cleveland's youth. Food, drink, $25, $50, and $100 gifts and prizes, plus special guest entertainment.
FREE EVENT. COME SPIT DAT HOT FIRE!
Slam Rules for Competitors:
1. No Props or Musical Accompaniment (must be a-cappella if you sing).
2. You must perform your own original poetry.
3. All poems must be 3 minutes long or less. (Competitors who go over set time will lose points for every 10 seconds over 3 minutes.)
4. There are three knock out rounds so you must have three poems prepared to compete.
Slammers or poets interested in reading during the open mic intermissions contact Joe: 216-650-1961, Deisha: 216-239-4409, or Philip: 937-238-4843 via phone or text.
Winners receive $25 for 3rd, $50 for 2nd, and $100 for 1st place.
More details, audience participation and slammer rules will be announced day of slam.
Saturday, September 6, 2014
Many of you already know Visible Voice Books is closing. I find it fitting that September is its last month. Today, while customers scramble for last minute deals (40% off). I sat admiring the wood interior of the store and appreciated the gated red bricked court yard. It made a statement beauty could be found anywhere. The store brightened up the street with an appealing grace and charm.
Thursday, September 4, 2014
Celebrating the Living Legend: Russell Atkins
Contact: Sheba Marcus-Bey
Phone (216) 541-4128
14101 Euclid Avenue
East Cleveland, OH 44112
Russel Atkins, On the Life and Work of an American Master:
Monday, September 1, 2014
Buy "Day 4" Here
order online at the above link below or direct from Panda (for free shipping) via paypal to email@example.com (Cover art by Bree) perff bound $10 dollers cheap!
Saturday, August 30, 2014
Monday September 1st 2014 at 7:30 p.m.: Featured poets Ray McNiece and Mary Weems (two of Cleveland's finest) will read, followed by an open mic. We'll still be celebrating the release of Oct Tongue -1, a collaborative book by Mary Weems, John Swain, Steven Smith, Lady, Shelley Chernin, John Burroughs and Steve Brightman.
Monday November 3rd 2014 at 7:30 p.m.: We'll feature the group Writer’s Root (whose authors include Lauren Parsons, Margaret Hnat, Amy Bue, Regina Geither, Kay Cosgriff and Elise Geither - all of northeast Ohio), followed by an open mic. Crisis Chronicles Press plans to release poet/playwright Elise Geither's new chapbook at this event.
Monday December 1st 2014 at 7:30 p.m.: Featured poets will be Joey Nicoletti (Buffalo, NY), Juliet Cook (Medina, OH) and Baraka Noel (Wheaton, MD), followed by an open mic.
John Burroughs will be your emcee for these four events. Stay tuned for more great lit performances - and more than a few fab surprises - in 2015. Here's just one: Ray McNiece will be our special guest host in February, April, June and September. Please join us the first Monday of every month at Mahall's 20 Lanes, 13200 Madison Avenue in Lakewood, Ohio.
Tuesday, August 26, 2014
|cover photo by Smith|
Mac's Backs - Books on Coventry
1820 Coventry Road
Cleveland Heights, Ohio 44118
About the authors:
John Swain of Louisville, Kentucky, is the author of several acclaimed books including Rain and Gravestones (2013, Crisis Chronicles), White Vases (2012, Crisis Chronicles) and Prominences (2011, Flutter Press). His latest, Ring the Sycamore Sky, is forthcoming in the summer of 2014 from Red Paint Hill Publishing.
Steven B. Smith was born, is living, will die. He's been a poet 50 years, artist 49 years, the publisher of ArtCrimes, editor of AgentOfChaos.com, he blogs on WalkingThinIce.com, and sings at ReverbNation.com/MutantSmith. Smith & Lady published his bio Stations of the Lost & Found, a True Tale of Armed Robbery, Stolen Cars, Outsider Art, Mutant Poetry, Underground Publishing, Robbing the Cradle, and Leaving the Country in 2012 via The City Poetry Press.
Lady, a.k.a. Kathy Ireland Smith, is a poet, publisher, artist and surreal photographer from northeast Ohio. She and her husband Smith spent 31 months of traveling in 10 countries on 3 continents from 2006-9, and you can follow their ongoing adventures at WalkingThinIce.com. Kathy is also founder and editor of The City Poetry (thecitypoetry.com), a cutting edge art and poetry zine based in Cleveland.
Shelley Chernin is a freelance researcher, writer and editor of legal reference books and a ukulele enthusiast. Her poems have appeared in places like Great Lakes Review, Scrivener Creative Review, Rhapsoidia, Durable Goods, Big Bridge, and the Heights Observer. She was awarded 2nd Place in the 2011 Hessler Street Fair Poetry Contest. Her chapbook, The Vigil, was published in 2012 by Crisis Chronicles.
Steve Brightman lives in Kent, Ohio. He firmly believes in two seasons: winter and baseball. His most recent chapbooks include 13 Ways of Looking at Lou Reed (2013, Crisis Chronicles Press), In Brilliant Explosions Alone (2013, NightBallet Press); Like Michelangelo Sorta Said (2013, The Poet’s Haven), Absent The (2013, Writing Knights Press) and Sometimes, Illinois (2011, NightBallet).
John Burroughs is the founding editor of Crisis Chronicles Press and hosts the Monday at Mahall’s Poetry and Prose Series in Lakewood, Ohio. He is the author of It Takes More Than Chance to Make Change (2013, The Poet’s Haven), The Eater of the Absurd (2012, NightBallet Press), Barry Merry Baloney (2012, Spare Change Press), Water Works (2012, recycled karma press), Electric Company (2011, Writing Knights) and more.
Tuesday, August 12, 2014
Thursday, August 7, 2014
The Poetry Pages Open Mic Series happens the second Thursday of each month at Swerve Grille, 20126 Chagrin Blvd. in Shaker Heights. For updates, please join the Poetry Pages group on Facebook.
Sunday, July 20, 2014
The event was founded by Mark Kuhar at the turn of the millennium, back in 2001, but for most of the last decade was hosted by Joshua Gage, who kept it running rain or shine, over good years and bad.
For years, this had been my "home" reading; the one reading that I attended almost every month, if I could, although sometimes other events got in my way. Apparently there was a reading with an attendance of only one audience member (that was one I missed), and then the next time the coffeeshop was locked-- there wasn't enough business to keep the venue open late for the reading.
This is the end of an era, I guess. Or maybe just a breathing space.
The area is rich in poetry readings, though. John Burroughs just updated the poetry calendar (which you can find at the top of the page here) and I count 41 events coming up over the 30 days of August. Not all of these are readings, of course. Still, that's over one event a day.
Over on facebook, I posted this:
I wish I had a solution to the problem of attendance at poetry events, but I don't. On the one hand, the Cleveland & north Ohio area is amazingly fortunately with a huge selection of live poetry events, on the average one every day, sometimes more. On the other hand, that does have its down side as well as its good side-- can't attend them all; can't attend even a small percentage of them.There have been some excellent readings at Deep Cleveland-- one time or another, all the great poets of the area have featured. So, thanks for the good times.
The people running local poetry events here are amazing people, putting in long hours and many miles with, for the most part, only the occasional "Thanks! Good show!" as recompense. I do want to see people at the events.
|Josh Gage as the MC of Deep Cleveland, |
back at the Borders venue
Thursday, July 17, 2014
Happy birthday, Clevelandpoetics.
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|Karamu: 100 Years in the House|
Tuesday, July 15, 2014
Science Fiction Poetry Association's poetry web-zine Eye to the Telescope for a theme issue on science poetry, which went live today. If science is your passion, or if you just want to see whether science and poetry can mix, check it out.
Editor’s Introduction • Geoffrey A. Landis
Some astronomy • Anastasia Andersen
The Linnet’s Nest • Erasmus Darwin
Discoveries • Emily K. Bright
Descent of Radium • Jim Fisher
Laboratory Philosophy • J. A. Grier
A Formulaic Love Story • Claire Ibarra
Oneshine • Dianne Borsenik
Coleopterblitz • David C. Kopaska-Merkel
The Epiphenomenalist • Rob Stuart
Gravity Drives the Blood • Bruce Boston
Grant Proposal • Adele Gardner
- Previous clevelandpoetics posts about poetry of science
Monday, July 14, 2014
Over at the Daily Beast, Mandy Kahn takes him on. Are poets failing the audience? Are the audiences failing the poets? And, further, do poets have a responsibility to judge marketplace, or is a poet's job only "to find their own voice and to speak their truth"?
If this is a person’s project, he will know it. Each poet needs only learn to hear his own voice, and hone it, and present it. The thing that feels universal—that hits a popular chord—may be the sort of work that Paxman likely imagines it would be, the voice of a Yeats, ringing with music, one that feels solid and sure and wise—but perhaps for this generation, a generation of people whose lives are disjointed, often distracted, spent largely on screens, that voice will be something else: something broken, maybe, something quiet and disjointed.She continues:
The bigger question is—or could have been—how do we keep morale up among those whose job it is to make something for a marketplace that seems not to exist? But that hasn’t proven to be a problem. Writing poetry is so necessary to some people—and I count myself among them—that they need perceive no water in the pool before diving in. You dive knowing the pool may never fill, or may, while you’re in the air.
Thursday, July 10, 2014
Friday, July 4, 2014
|Handbow. Image by Smith, from The City|
I was thinking about this because a couple of 'zines I follow recently came out with new issues.
The City Poetry. The summer issue, as usual, is gorgeous, with poetry (and art) by the Cleveland poets we're all familiar with.
Goblin Fruit's Spring Issue recently came out. Over the years Amal & Caitlyn have featured several northeastern Ohio poets; this issue has a poem by Mary Turzillo.
And, the summer 2014 issue of Astropoetica just came out, with the art and poetry of the stars. Two of my poems reprinted here, but still, a bittersweet issue, since Emily Gaskin, the editor, says that it will be the final issue. For ten years Astropoetica has been the premier showcase for stellar poetry, and I'll be sad to see it conclude its run.
|Butterfly Nebula. Photo by Hubble Space Telescope.|
Thursday, June 26, 2014
Read her profile in the Plain Dealer this week.
Friday, June 20, 2014
In Esquire, Stephen Marche tells you How to quit Amazon and shop in a real bookstore (and why you damn well should).
"Unfortunately, by now, purchasing print books in a brick-and-mortar building is something of a lost art, like taking snuff or drinking brandy after dinner. Which is not to say that it's not worth doing. Quite the opposite. Buying books in a bookstore is one of life's great, quiet pleasures. It leads to the purchase of better books. It leads to a deeper relationship to reading. It is a joy in and of itself. "
I was in a bookstore this week. I love to be surrounded by books-- real physical books, with paper and covers and print. It was awesome! How about you?
Tuesday, June 17, 2014
Dobama Theatre, 2340 Lee Road
Cleveland Heights, Ohio
across from the CHUH Public Library
Monday, June 16, 2014
Saturday, June 14, 2014
Sunday, June 8, 2014
Although we are not yet in a position to offer an honorarium (we are working on this for the future), we are offering a free membership in HeightsArts, with full membership benefits, to the poets chosen to participate in EKPHRASTACY. You can check member benefits at the HeightsArts website www.heightsarts.org
If you are interested in being considered for one of the upcoming EKPHRASTACY programs, please contact me through my email at HeightsArts and I will share more information about the program: firstname.lastname@example.org
Right now we are looking for poets to participate in the July 10th EKPHRASTACY and the final one of the season, in September. We already have the schedule for 2015, so I will soon be putting those programs together as well.