Thursday, June 1, 2023
Here, friends, are two fine Ohio poets
Monday, May 22, 2023
Keys & Locks: A collection of writing by Cleveland teens published by Lake Erie Ink
Tuesday, May 9, 2023
Resurrection Letter: Leonora, Her Tarot, and Me - 5/11 at Kaiser Gallery
Looking forward to Columbus poet Rikki Santer's book launch this Thursday, 5/11, at the Kaiser Gallery in Tremont.
Wednesday, May 3, 2023
5/27 in Columbus and Online: the Ohio Poetry Association presents a Beat Poetry Workshop
May 27th, Ohio Beat Poet Laureate Sandra Feen and U.S. Beat Poet Laureate John Burroughs will present "You've Got the Beat," a unique Beat poetry workshop sponsored by the Ohio Poetry Association. Attend either online or in person at the Cooperative Chess Cultural Center in Columbus, Ohio. Please register at https://www.ohiopoetryassn.org/events.
Saturday, April 29, 2023
Edith Chase Symposium: May in Kent
Tuesday, April 11, 2023
CLE Poetry Festival: April 21-22
From our friends at Literary Cleveland:
Draft new poems, advance your craft, meet publishers, and celebrate poetry with the best poets and editors in the city.
Join Literary Cleveland, CWRU English Department, CSU Poetry Center, Grieveland, and Mac's Backs Books for the Cleveland Poetry Festival April 21-22.
Spots are limited. Register here.
Monday, April 10, 2023
The CSU Poetry Center Turns Sixty!
From our friends at the Cleveland State University Poetry Center:
The CSU Poetry Center is celebrating 60 years this Friday--join us in celebrating over half a century of publishing, programming, & pedagogy!!!
Friday, April 7, 2023
Monday, April 3, 2023
Self-Publishing Roundtable, April 6th in South Euclid
* Juliet Cook (Blood Pudding Press publisher and co-author of Short Poems About Violence and Chickens),
* Michelle R. Smith (Literary Cleveland Programming Associate and author of The Vagina Analogues), and
* John Burroughs (Crisis Chronicles Press publisher and author of The Wrest of the Worthwhile).
1876 S Green Road
South Euclid, Ohio 44121
A Gathering of Laurels: Six Poets Laureate, April 8th in South Euclid
Poets reading will include:
Doc Janning, Poet Laureate of South Euclid
Honey Bell-Bey, Poet Laureate of Cuyahoga County
Siaara Freeman, Poet Laureate of Cleveland Heights & University Heights
Mary Weems, Poet Laureate Emerita of Cleveland Heights
Jeremy Jusek, Poet Laureate of Parma
John Burroughs, U.S. Beat Poet Laureate
Please register here: https://attend.cuyahogalibrary.org/event/7644203.
Friday, March 31, 2023
Once again, it's National Poetry Month, and that means that the Cuyahoga Public Library is doing its tenth annual Read+Write: 30 days of Poetry. Sign up, and get a poetry prompt, and a new poem by an Ohio writer in your box every day!
Post your poem in the comments, and read what others post.
How to sign up for the daily poetry emails:
- Go to this page, Email Preferences - Cuyahoga County Public Library (cuyahogalibrary.org)
- Fill in first name, last name, email address.
- Scroll to the bottom to “Read + Write: 30 Days of Poetry” and click Yes.
- Click the yellow subscribe button right below it.
Siaara Freeman becomes new Heights Poet Laureate!
Congratulations, Siaara Freeman! The following is from our friends at Heights Arts:
Heights Arts Appoints Eleventh Poet Laureate
HEIGHTS ARTS APPOINTS 11TH HEIGHTS POET LAUREATE
Heights Arts proudly presents the Heights’ eleventh Poet Laureate —Siaara Freeman. She begins her two-year term in April, joining a long line of celebrated laureates, the most recent of whom was 2022 Academy of American Poets Fellow Ray McNiece. The new laureate’s official duties will begin in April (National Poetry Month), at Heights Arts’ popular Ekphrastacy—Artists Talk and Poets Respond series.
About Siaara Freeman
Currently a teaching artist for the Center for Arts Inspired Learning, Freeman has a wide-ranging, much-heralded foundation in writing and performing arts. She has spent recent years with Cleveland Public Theatre (Catapult Fellow 2021-22); as Watering Hole Manuscript Fellow (2020); Tangerine Chapbook Fellow (2018); Poetry Foundation Incubator Fellow (2018); and she is a two-time Pushcart Prize nominee. Her first collection of poetry, Urbanshee, was released in August 2022. Her poems have appeared in many publications including BOAAT, Tinderbox, Josephine Quarterly, and The Offing, which describes Freeman as “an avid reader, a reliable nerd, a poet, a performer, and the friendly neighborhood hope dealer.”
Freeman has performed at poetry festivals, colleges, and universities both locally and internationally. Norway, Canada, and Costa Rica have hosted her, as have educational institutions including Oberlin, Ohio State, Allegheny College, Michigan State, Louisiana State, and Penn State. In conjunction with the Picturing Motherhood exhibition at the Cleveland Museum of Art in 2022, she made a five-minute “commercial” spoken-word video that aired on the museum’s website to promote the show.
Of her hero, Toni Morrison, in a piece for Cleveland magazine in 2019 Freeman writes, “She (Morrison) was transcendent, yet undeniably human. She had no need to rely on stereotypes or tropes. She knew blackness, women, Ohio, magic, herself, and she used that knowledge and her boundless imagination to give us worlds where her characters existed, but we could as well.” It was clear to the members of the Heights Writes Community Team whose members select the new laureate every two years, that Freeman herself would transcend the ordinary through her poetry writing, performances, and work with young people. Team member Annie Holden speaks for the Team. “On paper, Freeman is deeply impressive. In person, she has a level of energy and dynamism that electrifies the space she inhabits.”
Cleveland Heights – Home to the Arts
Freeman joins a long line of celebrated past poet laureates. Says Freeman about her appointment, “I am incredibly honored to be chosen to continue in a legacy carved by such brilliant and generous poets. It is a privilege to sit amongst personal heroes and close friends who embraced the opportunity to serve the community.”
Cleveland Heights Mayor Seren honors the laureateship and what it represents in a city with arguably the biggest population of artists and arts professionals in the region. “Poetry grounds us in our shared humanity in times of celebration and sorrow, and as “home to the arts” Cleveland Heights recognizes poetry’s significance through this laureateship. I look forward to working with Ms. Freeman to give her art a broader platform in our community.”
A New Partnership with University Heights
With the naming of the new laureate comes a new partnership between Heights Arts and University Heights, an evolution that will change the title from “Cleveland Heights Poet Laureate” to simply “Heights Poet Laureate”. Heights Arts’ executive director Rachel Bernstein shares her thoughts about Freeman’s upcoming tenure. “The Heights Poet Laureate program is the longest-running laureateship in the state and has been conferred through Heights Arts since our inception in 2000. Not only are we thrilled to welcome Siaara Freeman as the next laureate who will lead us into our twenty-fifth anniversary in 2025, we are equally excited about our new partnership with University Heights to expand this position to the greater Heights area—something I have been hoping to do since I became director. Cleveland Heights and University Heights share a school system and a library system, and we are grateful for Mayor Brennan’s enthusiasm in supporting another cultural asset in the Poet Laureate, which will expand civic engagement through the arts. I look forward to Freeman sharing her inspiring words and presence with a new community.”
University Heights Mayor Brennan shares Bernstein’s enthusiasm. “As we continue to grapple with the many challenges in today’s post-pandemic world, poetry can help us reconnect and heal. University Heights is excited to support the Heights Poet Laureate, and we look forward to working with her at our community events.”
Inaugural and Upcoming Events
The new laureate will be welcomed officially by Cleveland Heights on April 17, 2023 at Cleveland Heights City Hall, and at University Heights City Hall on May 1, 2023.
Her first public events will occur at Heights Arts’ Ekphrastacy – Artists Talk and Poets Respond event on April 20th at 7pm, and at a Heights Arts “Community Celebration of Laureates Past and Present” on May 4th at 7pm at the Grog Shop.
Tuesday, March 28, 2023
2023 Ohio Poetry Day Contests Now Open
[Cross-posted from the Ohio Poetry Association blog:]
Our friends at the Ohio Poetry Day Association have announced their annual contests! May 15, 2023, is the deadline (postmark) for nearly two dozen contest categories. Categories include humor, formal poems, parody and more. As always, a “Welcome Aboard” category for first-time submitters and an art category to design the cover art for the 2023 Best of Ohio Poetry Day anthology are also open to submissions.
Below is a copy of the submission form, which provides full contest information.
Ohio Poetry Day 2023 will take place in October. Stay up to date on OPD information, including the event date, location, and agenda, by getting your name and address on the OPD mailing list. To do so, contact:
Amy Jo Zook
3520 State Route 56
Mechanicsburg, OH 43044
Checks for all contest fees and purchases should be made payable to: Ohio Poetry Day. For questions, call (937) 834-2666.
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Thursday, March 9, 2023
Open Poetry in Kent: Spring 2023 Schedule
Contact RC Wilson at email@example.com to receive periodic updates by email.
Monday, January 30, 2023
Coming soon: Hope Springs Eternal anthology from Simple Simons Press
From JR Simons:
Fresh off the publication of our first anthology, Mad As Hell: An Anthology of Angry Poetry, Simple Simons Press is launching its second call for submissions for a new anthology titled "Hope Springs Eternal." Poets interested in contributing, please submit using this link: https://forms.gle/qmCz4bbVr8jgSW8Y9.
Wednesday, January 18, 2023
Christine Howey Has a Poem About That
I Have a Poem About That is 36 pp, 6 x 9", perfect bound, with cover art by Jessie Herzfeld. ISBN 979-8-88596-993-2. Available for $10 from Crisis Chronicles Press, 535 Parkside Boulevard, Cleveland, Ohio 44143 USA.
This volume features 23 poems, including "When We Die We Become Birds," "My Skiff," "Camus at Camp," "A Meeting of Suburban Deer," "Eternity on Elm Street," "Inside Out," "Invert at the Gem Saloon, Deadwood, South Dakota, 1876," "My Name Is John Doe," "Mount Everest," "Paul Desmond's Slot Machine," "Ten Ill-Conceived Kitchen Gadgets," "Maybe I Should Have Told Different Lies," "After I'm Gone," "Blueberries, Summer, 1944," "The Last One," "The Road Oft Taken," "Sign of the Cross," "A Bubble-Off Romance," "The Birds and the Bees," "The History of Television," "The Universal Usage Guide," "An Ode to Richard Howie," and "My Words Are Too Big Today."
Christine has also been an award-winning theater critic in Cleveland for 25 years, currently with Cleveland Scene. She was named Transgender Leader of the Year in Northeast Ohio and received the Torch Award from the Human Rights Campaign for leadership on transgender issues.
Saturday, January 7, 2023
Poem for Cleveland workshops strive to inspire Clevelanders with anthology release
Read the rest at https://www.cleveland.com/news/2023/01/poem-for-cleveland-workshops-strive-to-inspire-clevelanders-with-anthology-release.html.
Wednesday, December 21, 2022
Charlotte Morgan interviews Judith Mansour for FreshWater Cleveland
Gratitude to Charlotte Morgan and FreshWater Cleveland for a fine interview with Judith Mansour, the author of Kan Zaman.
Read it here: https://www.freshwatercleveland.com/street-level/MansourMemoir122122.aspx.
Buy Mansour's Kan Zaman from Mac's Backs Books or at http://ccpress.blogspot.com/2022/10/mansour.html.
Wednesday, December 14, 2022
Sandusky Reading Event Saturday at 1:30
Eve Martinez is a Kenneth Patchen expert and vocalist.
She will be presenting some of Patchen's poems to vocal settings.
She comes to us via New York City, having moved to Oberlin.
Her work with Kenneth Patchen was through composer Jack Eric Williams.
She directs Flagrante Music Productions.
Thursday, December 8, 2022
Inaugural Toni Morrison Poetry Contest
From our friends at the Lorain Public Library System:
Thursday, December 1, 2022
Urbanshee / Siaara Freeman featured in Cleveland Magazine
Congratulations, Siaara Freeman! Urbanshee is quite the book.
Read the article by Annie Nickoloff at https://clevelandmagazine.com/entertainment/books/articles/cleveland-s-siaara-freeman-to-release-new-poetry-collection.
Pick up your own copy of Urbanshee at https://buttonpoetry.com/product/urbanshee/.
Monday, November 28, 2022
Applications for Ekphrastacy and the next Cleveland Heights Poet Laureate
From our friends at Heights Arts:
Cleveland Heights Poet Laureateship
Serving as Poet Laureate may increase your future funding possibilities. Our outgoing poet laureate, Ray McNiece, was awarded a substantial grant from the Academy of American Poets as a direct result of his role as CH poet laureate. Says McNiece of his laureateship, “Serving as The Cleveland Heights Poet Laureate has provided me with the opportunity not only to refocus on my poetry, but more so on my role as a community poet. Writing is often a solitary art, but the laureateship by its very nature engages my art, particularly through the Ekphrastacy series, which provides me and other poets in the community with an opportunity to work with a wider audience.”
Learn more and apply to be the next Cleveland Heights Poet Laureate
Ekphrastacy: Artists Talk and Poets Respond
The Ekphrastacy literary program is a series of artist talks + poetry readings held regularly in the Heights Arts gallery, in conjunction with our four, yearly exhibitions. Cleveland-area writers are invited to view the installed artworks and respond with poetry. Five weeks after the exhibition opening, the artists talk about their work and the poets read their poems, often resulting in a surprising dialogue. Participating poets receive an honorarium for their participation.
Learn more and apply to perform in the 2023 Ekphrastacy: Artists Talk and Poets Respond series
Porcelains and Poetry in South Euclid: Rescheduled for Spring 2023
From the press release:
"Enjoy readings by a dozen prominent local poets created in response to art at the American Museum of Porcelain Art with musical interludes by a string quartet from Charles F. Brush High School. Hors d'oeuvres and beverages will be served. Proceeds from the fundraising event will support a One South Euclid program that helps senior residents age in place."
Buy your ticket ($55) at https://www.onesoutheuclid.org/event-details/porcelains-poetry.
Raja Belle Freeman
Barbara Marie Minney
Museum of American Porcelain Art
4645 Mayfield Road
South Euclid, Ohio 44121
Thursday, November 17, 2022
Himalayan Poet to Visit Cleveland; Ray McNiece Leads Poem for Cleveland Project
Poet Friends, two events upcoming:
One, this Sunday at the Millard Fillmore on Waterloo, world-traveling Himalayan poet Yuyutsu Sharma will perform with the Tongue in Groove Jam band and you can too, bring a poem of gratitude or gray, or gratitude for gray, the palette of Cleveland from November until May for the open mic. [Side note: Yuyutsu will also be leading a workshop, to be followed by open mic, on Monday at G.A.R. Hall in Peninsula.]
On that note, those of you who would like to participate in the Poem for Cleveland Project (and that includes Northeast Ohio) can come to any free workshops listed below. This Saturday's workshop at the MLK branch of CPL on Stokes Avenue is being covered by a reporter from the Plain Dealer. It happens, as do all the workshops, from 10:30 till Noon.