And check out Ray's online poetry workshops. More details at RayMcNiece.com.
Thursday, February 25, 2021
Sunday, February 14, 2021
Saturday, February 13, 2021
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,
Cuyahoga County Public Library
South Euclid-Lyndhurst Branch
1876 South Green Road / South Euclid, OH 44121
p 216.382.4880 / f 216.382.4584
Cuyahoga County Public Library
2111 Snow Road / Parma, OH 44134
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Photo credit: Adrian Hood
Tuesday, February 2, 2021
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!
Sunday, January 24, 2021
|Cuyahoga County Poet
Laureate Honey Bell-Bey |
celebrating Vice President Kamala Harris with students
at Wade Elementary School on Inauguration Day. [Honey Bell-Bey]
Read the full article by Jenny Hamel at ideastream®.
Saturday, January 23, 2021
Tuesday, January 12, 2021
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
Sunday, January 10, 2021
|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."
Monday, January 4, 2021
"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.
Wednesday, December 23, 2020
Submit to ideastream®'s WCLV Good Riddance 2020 Haiku Hoopla and you might hear your work read on the air on December 31st!
Read all the details here: https://wclv.ideastream.org/wclv/good-riddance-to-a-bad-year-in-haiku-form.
Wednesday, December 16, 2020
Tuesday, December 8, 2020
Read the rest in FreshWater Cleveland.
Facebook: Lake Erie Ink
Monday, December 7, 2020
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.
Tuesday, November 24, 2020
From our friends at Literary Cleveland:
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Sunday, November 22, 2020
"It’s been a year unlike any other in living memory. We selected five poems by contemporary American poets and asked five photographers to let the poems inspire them...." Read more in The New York Times:
Sunday, October 25, 2020
Cat Russell is a northeast Ohio writer whose first book I had the honor of publishing last year through Crisis Chronicles Press. Recently, she has also provided invaluable assistance keeping our Cleveland Poetics literary event calendar [see above] up to date. Now Cat has a brand new book out through Venetian Spider Press, and I wanted to talk with her about it.
JB: 2020 has been a tough year for small presses and for authors with new books coming out. Most events have had to be either cancelled, moved to 2021 or conducted online. I know when your previous book, Soul Picked Clean, was released last year you did an impressive array of readings, signings and book fairs around northeast Ohio. How are you adapting with your new book? What are your plans when it comes to An Optimist's Journal of the End of Days and Other Stories?
Cat Russell: Thank you so much for this opportunity! I really appreciate it, and I hope everyone is getting through these difficult times as best they can.
Don't forget to tune into the Spooky BOOKtacular on October 30th 2020.
And for more Cat Russell, check out these links:
Amazon Author Page: https://www.amazon.com/Cat-Russell/e/B00BL6DMYI
Cat's Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/authorcatrussell
Writing Blog: https://catrussellwriter.wordpress.com/
Personal Twitter: http://twitter.com/ganymeder
Author Twitter: http://twitter.com/THECatRussell
Author Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/authorcatrussell
Sunday, October 18, 2020
On Monday, October 26, editor, poet, and novelist Jill Bialosky will be interviewed by Diane Kendig for the Cuyahoga County Public Library's "Beyond the Book Jacket" feature. This event will be broadcast on CCPL Facebook Live: www.facebook.com/cuyahogalib/live. Now living in New York, Bialosky was born and raised in Cleveland. Her most recent poetry collection is Asylum: A Personal, Historical, Natural Inquiry in 103 Lyric Sections.
|Jill Bialosky (image by Ron Hogan)|
Sunday, October 11, 2020
Check out "Listen Up: These Young Black Poets Have a Message" (ten teenage writers show the future of poetry), an interactive feature in The New York Times.
Introduction by Maya Phillips, interviews by Pierre-Antoine Louis. Poets featured: William Lohier, Nyarae Francis, Inari Williams, Alora Young, Madison Petaway, Jacoby Collins, Ava Emhoff, Leila Mottley, Akilah Toney, and Samuel Getachew.
Saturday, October 3, 2020
I've been the moderator (or maybe I should say, herder-of-cats) for Clevelandpoetics: the blog for the last ten years... I've somewhat drifted away from the Cleveland poetry scene lately, though. While I still publish the occasional poem here and there, and even semi-regularly show up at workshops, other conflicts have meant that I haven't been a regular at any of the local reading series for a while (even before most of them went on hiatus, or virtual, due to the pandemic). And, more to the point, I'd been letting the blog languish while my time was spent on other things.
So I've decided I should pass the keys along and let somebody else drive. John Burroughs shouldn't be a new name for any of you; other than me, he's been one of the most prolific names keeping the blog alive, and of course he's also been a regular feature in the poetry scene in the area. He has already been the one keeping the calendar, (and doing an exceptional job of it), so passing the moderation along to him won't be too much of a surprise for you all.
So: welcome John as the new keeper of the blog. Good luck, and keep the heart of the Cleveland poetry scene beating.
...I might add that Clevelandpoetics is not a one-person show! We welcome new voices, and we're open to posts, reviews, and thoughts about poetry or about Cleveland. We have a guest post account, or we can give you access-- let us know!
Sunday, September 27, 2020
Read Local poets launch indie publishing company Grieveland by Annie Nickoloff at cleveland.com.
Follow them on Twitter at @grieve_land and on Instagram at grieve_land.
Check out their books at https://www.grieveland.com/books.
Sunday, September 6, 2020
September 24-26, 2020, EST
I sound my barbaric yawp over the roofs of the world.
This year’s theme is In Many Tongues: Constituents of the Barbaric Yawp.
This year’s conference will be centered around the theme In Many Tongues, a conversation bringing together writing and publishing, literary inclusion, translating and translation, dialect and dialog, atypical modes of speech, and the generational, political, ecological, and experimental elements that add to the wider literary conversation.
conference will include creative readings, craft talks, workshops and
panel discussions on writing, reading, teaching, performing, editing and
publishing creative works. Highly acclaimed visiting faculty will share
their experience and insights, and presenters from Ohio and beyond will
speak on a variety of topics.
More information on registration is available here: https://lityoungstown.org/fall-literary-festival/
Friday, August 28, 2020
Congratulations to Northeast Ohio's own Philip Metres, whose poem "Ode to the Oranges of Jaffa" was selected by Naomi Shihab Nye to be featured in this week's New York Times Magazine.
Read it at https://www.nytimes.com/2020/08/27/magazine/poem-ode-to-the-oranges-of-jaffa.html.
If you like that, I recommend you check out his most recent book (in which the poem also appears): Shrapnel Maps (Copper Canyon Press, 2020).
Friday, July 31, 2020
Residing near Athens, Ohio, Gunter-Seymour is a ninth generation Appalachian and seeks to honor that heritage in her poetry. She often writes in the voices of those she encounters and uses a regional accent when she performs.
“As an Appalachian poet, I take great pride in my heritage,” Gunter-Seymour says. “For generations my ancestors have loved and worked the land, read their Bibles and migrated as the weather or wanderlust prescribed, handing down their knowledge and experiences through story and song.”
Chosen from among eight books nominated for Ohio Poet of the Year, A Place So Deep Inside America It Can’t Be Seen is Gunter-Seymour’s second poetry collection. [The first is Serving.]
“This [Ohio Poet of the Year] award feels like a victory for all who came before me,” she said, “as well as all yet to come and for the untold number of Appalachian poets, writers and singer/songwriters who have touched my life and my writing in so many ways.”
Kathy Fagan, one of four judges and the 2017 Ohio Poet of the Year for her book Sycamore, calls Gunter-Seymour “a poet for whom family and region provide a well-source of words.”
Gunter-Seymour’s winning the award comes on the heels of her recently being selected as Ohio’s third State Poet Laureate by Governor Mike DeWine. She also previously was Poet Laureate of Athens, Ohio.
Women of Appalachia Project. This organization offers opportunities for women artists of Appalachian descent and diverse backgrounds, ages and experiences to participate in artistic programs as a way, according to its website, “to embrace the stereotype, to show the whole woman.” The Women of Appalachia Project sponsors spoken word events, poetry readings, fine art exhibitions and other artistic programs and publications.
The Ohio Poetry Day Association was founded in 1937 by authorization of the Ohio Legislature. Since 1976, it has selected annually an Ohio Poet of the Year, basing its choice on a book published in the previous one to two years. The award is based on the one book and not on an aggregation of work published over time. Four judges are selected to review the nominees, one of which is always a previous poet of the year winner.
“I was honored to read books by all the outstanding nominees for Ohio Poet of the Year,” said Fagan. “Gunter-Seymour joins an impressive list of previous winners, re-inscribing for each of us just how rich and deep Ohio’s poetic heritage has been.”
Another judge, Robin Mullet (co-author with Holli Rainwater of The Curve of Her Arm) said that being a judge was one of the most challenging tasks she has ever had because each of the nominees was deserving of the award.
“Although I have long known that Ohio was a treasure chest of poetry, I was still blown away by the depth, diversity and richness of the language of these skilled poets,” she said.
For more about the 2020 Ohio Poet of the Year, please visit karigunterseymourpoet.com.
Friday, April 24, 2020
See their announcement here.
- see also the announcement at Cool Cleveland