Monday, January 31, 2011

Poets hold longest reading on record in Elyria

[Click here to watch Snoetry live from the warmth of your home or wherever else you like. Live broadcast begins at 4 pm on 2/2/2011.]

First it was Cincinnati, then it was Seattle, and then in 2010 Prospero's Books in Kansas City claimed the distinction of having hosted the longest poetry reading on record: 120 hours straight. Now northern Ohio, with its growing reputation as a hotbed of great poetry, is poised to seize that distinction. Beginning on Wednesday February 2nd at 5 p.m., poets from several states and as far away as Nepal, led by many of northern Ohio's finest, will overrun Jim's Coffeehouse in Elyria to hold a 150-hour poetry reading billed as Snoetry 2: A World Record Winter Wordfest. The marathon is scheduled to wrap up on Tuesday February 8th at 11 p.m. If you're interested in a 30-minute featured reader slot for Snoetry 2, contact John Burroughs ASAP at or on Facebook. For other queries, contact Dianne Borsenik at or on Facebook.

For a constantly updating list of scheduled readers and open slots, click here. Visit Snoetry 2's Facebook event page here. And for blow by blow updates from Snoetry 2, follow @ElyriaPoetry on Twitter.

Jim's Coffeehouse and Diner is located at 2 Kerstetter Way (formerly Lake Avenue) in downtown Elyria, Ohio. Click here for directions.

Snoetry 2 is a Lix and Kix Poetry production, in association with PoetryElyria, Poets of Lorain County, Main Street Elyria, and the Ohio Poetry Association. Thanks to the generous support of the Nordson Corporation Foundation, Snoetry 2 will be streamed live over the internet, both here at Cleveland Poetics and at John Burroughs' Crisis Chronicles.

Peace and poetry,
Lix and Kix (a.k.a John and Dianne)


Geoffrey A. Landis said...
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Geoffrey A. Landis said...

Check out the Snoetry article in the Morning Journal! (complete with video of Dianne!)

Looks like the weather is clearing up, too.

John B. Burroughs said...

Thank you!

There was a better article in the Elyria Chronicle Telegram - but apparently it's not available online.

Today's Dianne's birthday - so this will be a 150-hour birthday party, too.

Geoffrey A. Landis said...

It's going on now!!
Mary and I went out to Elyria last night to see some of the opening readings from Snoetry, which went on despite a power blackout! We caught, among others, featured readings by Yuyutsu RD Sharma, Steve Brightman, and T.M. Gottl (and even read a poem or two at the impromptu open-mike opportunities between headliners).
And the live online webcase is working, so you can follow along on the internet if you're snowbound in Chicago, or for some other reason can't make it to Elyria.

Geoffrey A. Landis said...

...and a story on the kickoff readings in the Chronicle-Telegram today

Geoffrey A. Landis said...

see Blog post by Smith

Geoffrey A. Landis said...

...and another blog post by Smith about last night's Snoetry, including the text of the poem he read about 9pm or so, and then covering the overnight. broke the record, and it's still going on! If you get a chance, head out to Elyria today or tomorrow, before it's too late!


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