Poem shared on As It Ought to Be Magazine..
(good place to submit)
From Cleveland Heights Poet Laureate Ray McNiece:
Write the Beats
A Workshop of Beat Writer Prompts
Beat era poets have had a profound influence on modern culture and mores as well as contemporary poetics—in particular performance poetry. Write the Beats is a workshop of Beat poetry prompts: Each of the six weeks will use a prompt based on a poem by a prominent beat era poet: Ginsberg, Snyder, Ferlinghetti, DiPrima, Kaufman and Kerouac. Prompts will explore themes of political poetry/identity, environmentalism, feminist poetry, surrealism, and spontaneous bop prosody. We will also look at works by Baraka, Waldman, and Corso for the poetry of rebellion, beat spirituality and neo romanticism.
Online via Zoom on Thursdays from 6pm-8pm April 22-May 27th
Register to receive the zoom link and class instructions.
Ray McNiece is the author of nine books of poems and monologues, most recently Love Song for Cleveland, a collaboration with photographer Tim Lachina, and Breath Burns Away: New Haiku. He toured Russia with Yevgeny Yevtushenko. He also toured Italy twice with legendary beat poet Lawrence Ferlinghetti and was writer in residence at the Kerouac House in Orlando, Florida.
I hope you’re signed up to receive Read + Write: 30 Days of Poetry, Cuyahoga County Public Library’s National Poetry Month blog. Every day in April, you’ll receive a poem by a poet who lives, works, or has some important tie to northeast Ohio; a poetry writing prompt to try; and a poetry book to check out of the library. Here’s a sample of the daily blog and the link to sign up for it.
You’re also invited to these special poetry workshops:
And, of course, these regular, monthly gatherings of poets:
Happy National Poetry Month to you and yours!
I met Ben Rader for the first time at a reading Larry Smith hosted at Joe Sundae's in Sandusky in 2008. I immediately liked him. Since then, I've run into him at probably a hundred open mic venues across the state including right here in Cleveland, where he was born, and it was always good to hear and talk with and learn from him. Ben was known as a master of the haiku form, but was accomplished in a wide array of other poetic forms as well. And he was always generous with his time and knowledge.
Here is a brief clip I recorded of Ben on the occasion of our first meeting:
Sadly, Ben passed away near the end of February following a battle with Covid-19. Our deepest condolences go out to his wife Willa and the rest of his family and everyone who loved him.
A celebration of Ben's life will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, March 7, 2021 at the Norwalk Masonic Hall, 319 E. Main St, Norwalk, OH 44857.
Read his obituary in the Norwalk Reflector: https://norwalkreflector.com/news/306098/bennett-james-rader/.
And here's one more short clip from that day in Sandusky:
From our friends at Heights Arts....
And check out Ray's online poetry workshops. More details at RayMcNiece.com.
Laurie Kincer writes:
Here’s a special gift for you on Valentine’s Day: Honey Bell-Bey, Cuyahoga County Poet Laureate, is the featured reader at tomorrow’s Second Sunday Poets. A spoken word poet, Ms. Bell-Bey has been in the news frequently over the years as the founder and director of The Distinguished Gentlemen, a poetry recitation and performance group for young men ages 12-21.
Register here to receive a Zoom link at 2 p.m. for the 3 p.m. event: Second Sunday Poets - Cuyahoga County Public Library (cuyahogalibrary.org)
Bring one or two of your own poems to read during the open mic, with the suggested theme of love (keeping it PG-rated). You’re also welcome just to tune in to listen.
Stay well and warm,
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Photo credit: Adrian Hood
Read the whole article - 'Writers in Residence' gives voice to Ohio's juvenile detention youth, helping spark transformation and cut down recidivism - at news5cleveland.com.
And support Writers in Residence!
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Read the full article by Jenny Hamel at ideastream®.
This week on The Bookshop Podcast, host Mandy Jackson-Beverly talks to northern Ohio lit icons Suzanne DeGaetano of Mac's Backs Books on Coventry and Larry Smith of Bottom Dog Press:
Listen on Spotify, Podcast Addict, PlayerFM or BuzzSprout.
Mac's Backs: www.macsbacks.com
Larry Smith: https://smithdocs.net/LarrySmithHomepage.htm
|art by smith|
"I’m interested in the concept of the city as center of culture. The city is a symbol of the womb, of civilization, of collected human experience. The city is something that is very old. The city is something holy. The city is something natural. The city is something akin to a coral colony. The city is a legitimate human function. The city means that we have moved beyond subsistence and into something more collective. Rather than being estranged from the land, the city is dependent on the land."
"There’s something wonderful about the spontaneity of social media, but I
think at this point it’s becoming 100% toxic for people to be firing
off the top of their brains. One of the things [my new] book
says is that the deeper parts of our brain are actually more empathic.
If you revise something 20 times, for a mysterious reason, it becomes
more social, empathic and compassionate. With Chekhov, you feel he’s always saying: “Well, what else?”, “Is there
anything else I should know?”, or “Maybe I’m wrong.” And all of that
seems to be designed to foster love, or at least some kind of relation
to the other that’s got possibility. So I’m not a fan of social media.
I’m not on it. And I won’t be, because I think it’s killing us,
actually. I really do."
Read the rest of what Saunders has to say in The Guardian.
And you can pre-order his new book, A Swim in a Pond in the Rain: In Which Four Russians Give a Master Class on Writing, Reading, and Life, from Mac's Backs.
Read all the details here: https://wclv.ideastream.org/wclv/good-riddance-to-a-bad-year-in-haiku-form.
The 2021 submission period for Twelve Literary Arts' Baldwin House Urban Writing Residency for NE Ohio writers is now open. For more information about Baldwin House or to apply visit their Submittable page.
From our friends at Literary Cleveland:
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