Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Ekphrastacy: Join us Thursday, May 19 at 7pm

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Kita Vista (detail), Lori Kella
Dwelling (detail), Stephanie Craig

Ekphrastacy: Artists Talk + Poets Respond about Things That Fly

Join us Thursday, May 19 at 7 p.m.

IED (detail), Christopher Owen Smith
"We live in a world of gravity, gravity our constant companion from the instant we wake to the moment we fall asleep..." 

Share an evening with us and Things That Fly exhibition artists Stephanie Craig, Maggie Denk-Leigh, Lori Kella, Peter Larson, Lynne Norwood Lofton, Lynn O’Brien and Christopher Owen Smith, who will speak about their work and its evolution.
Falling 10 (Andy) detail, Peter Larson

Cleveland Heights poet laureate Christine Howey has invited local poets Geoffrey Landis, Erin Gay, Azriel Johnson, Skylark Bruce, and Terry Provost to respond to the works on view with original verse, which is always a thought-provoking and entertaining experience. Come a bit early to get a seat and enjoy refreshments!

Kita Vista (detail), Lori Kella; Dwelling (detail), Stephanie Craig; IED (detail), Christopher Owen Smith; Falling 10 (Andy) detail, Peter Larson. Gravity (opening line) Geoffrey Landis.

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Sunday, May 15, 2016

Congrats to the Hessler Street Fair Poetry Winners!

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Congratulations to Rosemarie Wilson ("One Single Rose") for her poem "Motown Blues," winning first place in the annual 2016 Hessler Street Fair Poetry Contest, and to Tanya Grossner Pilumeli and Mindi Kirchner-Greenway for their second and third place finishes.

The winners of this year's Hessler Street Fair Poetry Contest are:
The poets will read the winning poems at the 2016 Hessler Street Fair on Sunday 22 May at 2 pm, with the reading simulcast on WRUW-FM 91.1.
Read the poems in the 2016 Hessler Street Fair anthology, available from Mac's Backs-Books On Coventry and at the Fair itself.  Read more about it here.

Hessler Street fair information block

Sunday, May 8, 2016

Happy mother's day

Image by MisaAmaneKurama
For those of you who are mothers, happy Mother's Day, and here's a link for you:
Mothers Always Write, "a literary magazine by mothers for mothers."

Saturday, May 7, 2016

Toledo Poets Come to Sandusky

As part of our monthly Coffeehouse Reading Series.
Join us in this relaxing atmosphere.

Friday, May 6, 2016

Hessler Reading This Saturday!

The annual Hessler Street Fair poetry reading is always the event of the year in Cleveland poetry, and it looks like this year it will be even more spectacular than ever.  This year's reading will be at the Barking Spider Tavern in Cleveland this Saturday, starting at 3pm, with the winning poems performed on stage at the festival, with a live simulcast on the radio.
And all the poems will be in the Hessler Street Fair Poetry Anthology, released by Crisis Chronicles Press at the reading on Saturday.  Can't make the reading? You can purchase the book at the Mac's Backs booth at the fair, or direct from Crisis Chronicles, or pick up a copy from Mac's Backs.
This year's book features a bounty of poets, both local and from distant cities:
  • A.D. Adams, 
  • Stephanie Alexander, 
  • Michael J. Arcangelini, 
  • Jameson Bayles, 
  • Dianne Borsenik, 
  • Colton Bose, 
  • Jeffrey Bowen, 
  • Nancy Brady, 
  • Steve Brightman, 
  • Theresa Göttl Brightman, 
  • Christina M. Brooks, 
  • Skylark Bruce, 
  • William Burkholder, 
  • Chad Burrall, 
  • John Burroughs, 
  • Joann Celleghin, 
  • Michael Ceraolo, 
  • Shelley Chernin, 
  • Charles Cicirella, 
  • Lorraine Cipriano, 
  • Victor Clevenger, 
  • Wanda Morrow Clevenger, 
  • Caitlin Blair Cogar, 
  • Juliet Cook, 
  • A.S. Coomer, 
  • Roger Craik, 
  • Subhankar Das, 
  • Lori Dean, 
  • Patricia Dengler, 
  • Christine Donofrio, 
  • John Dorsey, 
  • Kevin Eberhardt, 
  • Poetessa Leixyl Kaye Emmerson, 
  • Diane Vogel Ferri, 
  • Richard Ferris, 
  • Francine Flatley, 
  • Justyce Foss, 
  • Kelle Grace Gaddis, 
  • Joshua Gage, 
  • Hannah Gates, 
  • Christopher Alexander Gellert, 
  • Ken Gradomski, 
  • Michael Grover, 
  • Jennifer Hambrick, 
  • Richard Harries, 
  • Charles Robert Hice, 
  • Veronica Hopkins, 
  • Alina Howard, 
  • Christine Howey, 
  • Dionne D. Hunter, 
  • Clarissa Jakobsons, 
  • Azriel Johnson, 
  • Chuck Joy, 
  • Stan Kaufman, 
  • Sue Kaufman, 
  • Diane Kendig, 
  • Kim the B-word poet, 
  • Mindi Kirchner-Greenway, 
  • Paul Koniecki, 
  • Leonard Kress, 
  • Tom Kryss, 
  • Lori Ann Kusterbeck, 
  • Jill Lange, 
  • Phyllis Lee, 
  • Lennart Lundh, 
  • Susan Mallernee, 
  • Marc Mannheimer, 
  • Julie Ursem Marchand, 
  • Elizabeth Marino, 
  • Jonie McIntire, 
  • Sarah McIntosh, 
  • Frankie Metro, 
  • Marisa Moks-Unger, 
  • Anne Marie Moore, 
  • Laura Moore, 
  • Tracie Morell, 
  • Leah Mueller, 
  • Elliot Nicely, 
  • Tanya Pilumeli, 
  • Alois Polzer. 
  • Tam E. Polzer, 
  • Valentina Ranaldi-Adams, 
  • Brianna Robinson, 
  • Melissa Rose, 
  • Damian Rucci, 
  • Rikki Santer, 
  • Sharon M. Senal, 
  • Elizabeth Senn, 
  • Aisha Marie Smith, 
  • Kevin Frederick Smith, 
  • Rob Smith, 
  • Steven B. Smith,
  • John Stickney, 
  • Katherine Sturniolo, 
  • Brian W. Taylor, 
  • Jonathan Thorn, 
  • Anna Marie Tokarsky, 
  • Kerry Trautman,
  • Mary A. Turzillo,
  • D.R. Wagner, 
  • Scott Wannberg, 
  • Alinda Dickinson Wasner, 
  • Laura Grace Weldon, 
  • Madison Whitacre, 
  • Rosemarie Wilson,
  • Eva Xanthopoulos.

Saturday, April 30, 2016

Thirty Days of Poetry: 2016

Celebrating national poetry month, the Cuyahoga County Public Library's 30 Days of Poetry been posting one poem from a local poet a day for whole month of April.

Check out the whole list, along with the poetry prompts, at CCPL's Thirty Days of Poetry site

The Poets and the Poems:

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Troubled poems

Poet Susan Grimm writes about troublesome poems: (a partial follow-up to her earlier post, How I Thought/Think About Poems I Write):
  • The poem that is there but in disguise... The poem that is not yet there...
What do you do when the poem's giving you trouble? Tough love? Let it go? Give it more attention? Try to ignore it?

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Ohio Poetry Day 2016 Contests announced

The Ohio Poetry Day contests have just been announced on the Ohio Poetry Day blog:

24 contests on a variety of themes and forms, with a (postmark) deadline of May 31: time to start getting your poems written!

Ohio Poetry Day will be celebrated at Heidelberg University in Tiffin this year, with Friday evening contests and prompts on October 14, and the Evan Lodge workshop Saturday mornnig and the Ohio Poetry Day celebration Saturday afternoon on October 15.

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Five Myths about Writers...

My friend Ferrett writes: Five Myths About Writers That Non-Writers Don't Get
  • Hard Work Does Not Equal Talent.
  • Talent Does Not Equal Success.
  • A Talented Writer Does Not Produce Consistently Talented Works.
  • Love Does Not Equal Quality. 
  • We Are Not In Competition With Each Other.  
Important points, all of them.  Check out the article.

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Things that Fly: Art and Ekphrastacy at the Heights

Kite Vista (detail)
Kite Vista (detail), courtesy Lori Kella. On view in Things That Fly, April 21-June 4, 2016.
Things that Fly: Art and Ekphrastacy at the Heights

anticipating our new exhibition, Things That Fly, which will not disappoint your imagination. With this exhibition comes our first Ekphrastacy program with Christine Howey, newly appointed Cleveland Heights Poet Laureate, as poetry curator:

Things That Fly

Opening Thursday, April 21 6-9pm

Ekphrastacy: Artists Talk + Poets Respond

Thursday May 19, 7pm

  • Curated by Heights Arts board member Sharon Grossman, Things That Fly brings together seven Northeast Ohio artists whose works examine the concept of flight. Seven artists--Stephanie Craig, Maggie Denk-Leigh, Lori Kella, Peter Larson, Lynn Norwood Lofton, Lynn O’Brien and Christopher Owen Smith--look to the skies in seven distinct and inspiring ways. Join us for a THURSDAY opening reception.
  • And following month, art meets poetry, in the Heights Arts' continuing "Ekphrastacy" series: Join us for an evening with art and poetry.  Cleveland Heights poet laureate Christine Howey brings together the Things That Fly exhibition artists with local poets AKeemjamal Rollins, Geoffrey Landis, Erin Gay, Azriel Johnson, Skylark Bruce, and Terry Provost, to respond with original verse inspired by select objects in the exhibition. It’s always an interesting night; come a bit early to get a seat and enjoy refreshments! FREE, Thursday, May 19 at 7:00 p.m.


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Friday, April 8, 2016

Friday, April 1, 2016

30 Days of Poetry: Day One, Amit Majmudar

Celebrating national poetry month, the Cuyahoga County Public Library's 30 Days of Poetry has started, with day one featuring a poem from the new Ohio Poet Laureate, Amit Majmudar.

Amit Majmudar has recently been named the first Poet Laureate of the state of Ohio. In addition to two acclaimed novels, he has published three award-winning poetry collections, 0°, 0° (TriQuarterly Books, 2009), Heaven and Earth (Story Line Press, 2011) which won the Donald Justice prize, and Dothead (Knopf Doubleday, 2016). Raised in Cleveland and educated in Northeast Ohio at the University of Akron and Northeast Ohio Medical University, he did his medical residency at University Hospitals in Cleveland. Now as a novelist, poet, essayist, and diagnostic nuclear radiologist, he writes and practices in Dublin, Ohio, where he lives with his wife, twin sons, and baby daughter. Poet's website.

In addition to featuring a poem a day from Ohio poets, 30 days of poetry encourages you to write a poem a day.  Subscribe to the e-mail or read the website every day for a new writing prompt!


Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Beachwood Library Kicks Off National Poetry Month with the Traveling Stanzas Project

On Thursday April 7 at 7 pm, The Beachwood Branch of Cuyahoga County Public Library, 25501 Shaker Blvd, is exited to kick off National Poetry Month with a program showcasing the Kent State University Wick Poetry Center Traveling Stanzas project. Join poets from Wick to explore the conversation of poetry through the new interactive Traveling Stanzas website. Participants will be able to create a video poem featuring a poem written in this interactive workshop, or record a poem written by a favorite poet. Teaching poets  will provide writing prompts, poems and ideas. Free and open to all! Please RSVP here or call 216-831-6868.

Thirty Days of Poetry Starts on Friday!

Diane Kendig writes:

Dear Poets:

The CCPL project which you all helped me pioneer for National Poetry Month is in its third year, starting this Friday. What some said would "never go" because "no one reads poetry" registered 400 readers the first day, which came up to 600 for the first year and now is up to 1200 registered readers with an extremely high rate of email openings. A book is coming out with an article by CCPL librarian Laurie Kincer on the success of the endeavor. Here are three updates for you on the project:

1) With the new Writers Center in the South Euclid Library, there has been shuffling of the web. If you thought your page had been disappeared, take heart. The library has remounted the 2014 and 2015 sites, where you can find your poem and continue to link/share it:

2) Registration is now open to receive daily emails for this year's 30 poets/poems/prompts. If you registered in previous years, you are still registered. If not, or if you have new friends, classes, or relatives who would be interested, please share the link to get registered:
3) Finally, you are invited to attend the two live events associated with this year's project:
If you have any questions about the month's events, feel free to contact me or our terrific librarian Laurie Kincer.

Monday, March 28, 2016

Christine Howey: the New Poet Laureate of Cleveland Heights!

Heights Arts has announced the news poet laureate of Cleveland Heights: Christine Howey.
Christine is quite well known in the local poetry community, participating in readings and on the Lake Effect Poetry slam team, and author and performer of the one woman play/poetry performance "Exact Change," which debuted in Akron, ran in Playhouse Square last summer, and then played in New York last fall.
Horray for Christine!

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Teen Open Mic and Writing for Change coming up at Lake Erie Ink

For more info on these and their other programs, please visit lakeerieink.org.

Lake Erie Ink
2843 Washington Blvd
Cleveland Heights, Ohio
(216) 320-4757

We also recommend following Lake Erie Ink on Facebook.

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Sunday, March 6, 2016

2016 Hessler Street Fair Poetry Contest & Anthology

During the month of March 2016 Crisis Chronicles Press is accepting submissions for the 2016 Hessler Street Fair Poetry Contest and its corresponding anthology. Contest is free to enter and open to anyone age 14 and up. Winners will receive cash prizes and get to read their poems live at this year's Fair.
  • 1st Place winning poet will receive $100
  • 2nd Place winning poet will receive $50
  • 3rd Place winning poet will receive $25


When and where:

Submissions will be accepted from March 1st to March 31st 2016. We will let you know by April 30th if your work has been accepted for the anthology. Poets will be invited to read their accepted works during the contest reading. The poetry contest reading will take place May 7th, 3 pm, at the Barking Spider Tavern, 11310 Juniper Road, near the campus of Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland. Shortly after the reading, our panel of judges will select three winners to receive cash prizes and read live at the Hessler Street Fair itself.

The 2016 Hessler Street Fair will take place May 21st and 22nd from 11 am to dusk, rain or shine, on Hessler Road and Hessler Court in Cleveland. The exact time of winning poets' reading will be announced soon.


Before you submit, please read these guidelines:

  • Submit up to 5 original poems or 5 images of your own original art via email to hesslerpoetry@crisischronicles.com (no snail mail entries, please).
  • Please include your name, street address, city, state, zip code, telephone number and e-mail address with your submission(s).
  • Please remember the deadline is midnight on March 31st. We will not have time to consider works submitted later than that.
  • Poets and artists published in the book retain all rights to their work.
  • Any accepted art work will be printed in black and white.
  • Unpublished work is preferred. But previously published work is acceptable if we love it (let us know who the original publisher is so we may include them in our acknowledgments).
  • The contest reading will be held at the Barking Spider Tavern on Saturday May 7th, 2016 at 3pm. About 20 minutes after all participating poets have read, the winners will be announced and prizes handed out. If you have won 1st, 2nd, or 3rd Place in the Hessler Street Fair Poetry Contest in the last three years, you are welcome to submit to the book and read your poem, but you will not be eligible to win a prize. Prize winners are also expected to read on the designated day during the Hessler Street Fair.


Contributor copies:

Contributors to the 2016 Hessler Street Fair Poetry Anthology will be able to purchase a copy of the book for half price from the Hessler Street Fair Booth during the Fair, or at Mac's Backs Books, 1820 Coventry Road in Cleveland Heights (216-321-2665 / macsbacks.com). We regret that we cannot afford to provide free contributor copies in print at this time. However, we will make a free pdf version of the book available to the public in late 2016.


FCC Guidelines:

Poetry has always been an integral part of the Hessler Street Fair, sometimes having its own stage on the street and sometimes combining with music on the main stage, but always doing something interesting. The top three winners will be given the opportunity to read from the stage at the Hessler Street Fair, simulcast on live radio and the web, during the Fair. Poetry read on air must not include any words designated to be obscene language by the U.S. Federal Communications Commission.

We welcome a diversity of styles and subject matter. Poems that don't meet the FCC guidelines can still be submitted and may be accepted for publication in the book. But they won't be eligible to win a prize since the winning poems will be read on air.


Special thanks to:

Thursday, March 3, 2016

2016 William Redding Memorial Poetry Contest

The Poetry Forum
24th Annual
William Redding Memorial Poetry Contest

$100 and a Featured Reading May 2, 2016

1-year membership in Columbus Salon monthly poetry workshop/critique
$50 Gift Certificate for books
$25 Gift Certificate for books

Submission Guidelines:

  • · Submit 3 typewritten or Word document poems.  One poem per page.
  • · Maximum 50 lines per poem.
  • · Surface mail entries should have name, address, phone number, and email address on back only of each poem. Send entries postmarked by March 14 to The Poetry Forum c/o 91 E. Duncan Street, Columbus OH 43202. Poems will not be returned. No SASE required.
  • · Email entries to abbott4949@gmail.com as single Word document with poems as separate pages & no identifying information, with name, address, phone, and email on separate first page.
  • · Previous first-place winners, Poetry Forum featured readers since January 2014, and previously published poems are ineligible.

Deadline:  March 15, 2016

The Poetry Forum thanks the following for their support: Bossy Grrl’s Pinup Joint, 90.5 WCBE-FM, our featured poets, open mic participants, audiences, and generous patrons.

Bossy Grrl's, 2598 N. High Street in Columbus
Visit our web site columbuspoetryforum.com
Information: 614/268-5006


The poet doesn't invent. He listens. ~Jean Cocteau