Monday, May 23, 2022
Monday, April 11, 2022
Once again as always been, the Jawbone is calling forth poets to gather and sing. Friday May 6th through Sunday May 8th. Please come! Bring your ears and your mouth and your heart and bring your words and your songs. Bring your poems poets. Again, we gather and sing.
Attached is a flyer. Please forward it to the unknown poet who we must reach. And print it and tape it to your back windshield and print some more and nail them to every telephone pole between your place and Topeka.
Also, send your poem for the 2022 Jawbone Book! We will gather our voices in print. To be included in the printed gathering, please send your poem by April 28. All poems welcome, prayers and manifestos, too. Do not include your credentials but do include your name. Best to attach Word or PDF file. All mistakes in production are mistakes in production. The theme in this year's book will the theme in this year's book.
Send your poem to 22TheJawbone@gmail.com no later than Thursday April 28.
Send questions, comments, advice to one or all of the following:
Robert "RC" Wilson firstname.lastname@example.org
LuAnn Csernotta email@example.com
David Hassler firstname.lastname@example.org
Steve Skovensky email@example.com
SPRING. May 6th 7th 8th. 2022. All welcome. Come to the river. Bring everyone. Includes you. Every canoe, all wagons, to Kent. Bring poems. Follow the singing.
Here's the Jawbone schedule:
Friday at 4pm – dedication of a Maj Ragain poem & Jessica Damon painting
KSU Library, Wick Poetry Corner
Friday May 6th 8pm – Last Exit Books
124 E Main Street, Kent
Poet's Pie & Coffee
Saturday May 7th 11am-2pm – Standing Rock Gallery
300 North Water, Kent 11:00-2:00.
Saturday May 7th 2pm – John Brown Tannery
Along Cuyahoga River, Stow Street, Kent
Saturday May 7th 8pm – Last Exit Books
124 E Main Street, Kent
Sunday May 8th 2pm – Fred Fuller Park
Pavilion 5, Middlebury Road, Kent
Tuesday, March 22, 2022
From our friends at the Cuyahoga County Public Library:
Daily poetry delivered to you
In celebration of National Poetry Month in April, we're bringing you READ + WRITE: 30 Days of Poetry. Each day, we'll present the works of Ohio's best poets, highlight poetry books and give you fun writing prompts to spark your own inner poet! Subscribe to get READ + WRITE: 30 Days of Poetry delivered to your inbox daily in April.
Tuesday, March 15, 2022
Ohio Poets: Don't miss the virtual Lakefront Cleveland Poetry Festival April 24-May 1 with Literary Cleveland, CSU Poetry Center, and Grieveland.
Saturday, March 12, 2022
The Cleveland Orchestra:
The Cleveland Orchestra is accepting poetry submissions in response to its presentation of Verdi’s Otello and two associated concerts. The accepted submissions will be included in the festival program book / playbill, as well as potentially other spaces (which may include the Orchestra’s magazine, website, and other platforms).
About the programs:
On May 21, 26, and 29, The Cleveland Orchestra will present a concert performance of Giuseppe Verdi’s opera Otello, based upon Shakespeare’s play Othello. In association with the opera, the Orchestra will present two programs (May 27 and 28) informed by the themes of Otello and the idea of otherness and outsider-ness that courses through it. Many of these works are also informed by poetry, from the works of Shakespeare, Wordsworth, and Whitman to Vedic chants and African American spirituals.
Information on the concerts:
Otello in Concert: May 21, 26, 29
Program I: May 27
Program II: May 28
More information on the specific works that appear on each of the concerts follows.
Call for Submission:
We are looking for poetry submissions that respond — explicitly or implicitly — to the compositions that are being presented from May 21 to 29 and the theme of otherness and outsider-ness. The poem does not need to respond to the entire scope of the presentations, but should find resonance with one or more of the works being performed and/or the broader themes at play.
· Previously written or published pieces are welcome, please indicate if the piece has been published elsewhere and is subject to any copyrights.
· Length should be one page or less.
· Multiple submissions are welcome – please submit them within the same email submission.
· Please send submissions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
· The Cleveland Orchestra will provide a $200 honorarium for selected works.
Deadline: Thursday, April 14, 2022.
· Notification responses will be sent by May 13, 2021
List of works that will be performed, with links to references:
Otello in Concert: May 21, 26, 29
· Giuseppe Verdi’s Otello
Program I: May 27
· Jüri Reinvere’s Norilsk, the Daffodils
· George Walker’s Lilacs (for voice and orchestra), texts from Walt Whitman’s “When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloom'd”
· Sofia Gubaidulina’s Light of the End
Program II: May 28
· Charles Ives’s From the Steeples and the Mountains
· Dmitri Shostakovich’s Passacaglia from Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk District (version for solo organ)
· Sofia Gubaidulina’s Light and Dark (organ only)
· Philip Glass’s Finale from Act III of Satyagraha (version for solo organ)
· George Walker’s Sinfonia No. 4 (“Strands”)
· Samuel Barber’s Toccata Festiva for Organ and Orchestra
Thursday, March 3, 2022
All writers, whether new to the craft or a veteran, are welcome to join us for this year's Lorain Public Library System Writers Conference on Saturday March 19th, 2022. This fantastic opportunity to network with other local writers will also include door prizes and refreshments. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Register here.
Sunday, February 20, 2022
From our friends at Cave Canem:
Cave Canem invites you to celebrate this Black History Month by joining us in A Tribute to Russell Atkins. Poet, playwright and composer, Atkins’ work has had a devoted following since the 1950s, but he has found new audiences in the 21st century. At soon-to-be 96, Atkins has survived an extortionate conservatorship–during which time legally-appointed guardians went quickly through money earned from the resale of his family home, burned all his papers (opera, drama, poetry, journals, and correspondence with Langston Hughes and Marianne Moore)–and COVID19. Join us in honoring the tenacious artistry and longevity of this innovative virtuoso.
Readings will be given by Janice Lowe, Daniel Gray-Kontar and Julie Ezelle Patton, along with a rare performance of Atkins’ “Objects for Piano” by pianist, Milena Gligić.
This event is virtual. Click here to register.
Free and open to the public.
Wednesday, February 16, 2022
Gordon Square Review is pleased to announce two special contests to celebrate its tenth issue: the 2022 Poetry Contest for Ohio Writers, judged by Noor Hindi, and the 2022 Prose Contest for Ohio Writers, judged by Eman Quotah. This marks the first time Gordon Square Review has opened its contests to all writers who currently live in Ohio.
For the Poetry Contest, writers in Ohio may submit a single poem of any length. For the Prose Contest, writers in Ohio may submit a single piece of prose up to 3,000 words. The entry fee for each contest is $10 per entry. One winner in each category will receive a $500 prize and publication in Issue 10 of Gordon Square Review. One runner-up in each category will also be selected for publication.
Both contests open for entries on January 15, 2022, with a deadline of April 10, 2022. See full guidelines on Gordon Square Review’s website.
Monday, January 24, 2022
Power of Sport Performing Arts Competition encourages participants to create an original poem or song that describes how the power of sport has affected you, your community or your outlook on the world.
Wednesday, December 29, 2021
Tuesday, December 21, 2021
Folks, we at Bottom Dog Press can use your support in this big project to work for reason in gun control. We will be publishing a book of memoir by JRW (Robert) Case.
Cycling Through Columbine
A Memoir of American Democracy in Crisis
The book follows Robert on a cross-country bike-packing adventure while reflecting on the Columbine school massacre near his hometown in Colorado.
You can help through our GoFundMe campaign.
Saturday, December 4, 2021
Literary Cleveland is now accepting applications for two $1,000 internships for spring 2022.
Internships are 5-10 hours per week, and each intern will be compensated $1,000 for 10 weeks of work from February through April 2022. Most of the work will be done remotely via Zoom.
Application deadline: December 20.
Monday, November 22, 2021
10-12 Morning topic: contemporary poetry books
1-4 Guest Workshop Leader Robert Miltner & Molly Fuller, on the sounds of music in poetry
10-12 Morning topic: craft books on poetry writing
1-4 Guest Workshop Leader Mary Biddinger, on inviting strangeness into your poems
10-12 Morning topic: journals, submissions
1-4 Guest Workshop Leader Steve Reese, on abstract vs. concrete in poetic language
10-12 Morning topic: chapbooks
1-4 Guest Workshop Leader Marion Boyer, on revision
10-12 Morning topic: full-length books
1-4 Guest Workshop Leader Barbara Sabol, on beginnings and endings
10-12 Morning topic: residencies, contests, retreats, conferences
1-4 Guest Workshop Leader Allison Pitinii Davis, on linebreaks
10-12 Morning topic: creating a workshop group
1-4 Guest Workshop Leader Diane Kendig, on time
10-12 Morning topic: performance reading
1-4 Guest Workshop Leader Susan Grimm, on how the poem happens: thinking about the parts and the whole
10-12 Morning topic: trade magazines
1-4 Guest Workshop Leader David Hassler, on finding the hidden energy in language