Friday, May 7, 2010

Hessler Street Fair Poetry!

Celebrate the 41st Anniversary of the Hessler Street Fair with poetry!

The finalists for the 2010 Hessler Street Fair poetry contest anthology have been selected. Come to Mac's Back's Wednesday, May 12th to hear the poets perform their poems, or come to the Hessler Street Fair on Sunday May 23 to hear the winning poets read at the fair (simulcast on WRUW 91.1 FM).

Or just come to the Fair to experience the place where tie-dye never went out of fashion! The Hessler Street Fair is an annual community arts and music festival on historic Hessler Street in University Circle. It is a family-friendly event showcasing local artists, food, musicians and poets, attracting upwards of 10,000 visitors each year. It features a diverse mixture of musical styles and venues, and is a non-profit, volunteer-run weekend, focused on celebrating community, arts and culture. The fair runs Saturday and Sunday, May 22 and 23, 2010, from 11am until Dusk.
above: dan smith,
first-place poet from 2009,
performs his winning poem
at the Hessler Street Fair
(photo by GL)

Contents of the 2010 Hessler Street Fair Poetry Contest anthology are:

Making Scents by Diane Borsenik


Pigs and Spiders and Sparrows by Steve Brightman


spring migration by Christina Brooks


You by Miles Budimir


Strongsville Coffee by John Burroughs


A Woman by Elise Caunter


News by Shelly Chernin


Theological Garden by Morton Lee Cohen


Visit Home by Steve Goldberg


What I’m Doing Wrong by T. M. Göttl


what passes for love in cleveland by Mark Kuhar


Human Potential by Geoffrey A. Landis


Dead Presidents by Donna Middlebrook


Being Fat by Jim Miller


An Offering for Robert Graves by Jill Riga


Noteworthy Travelin’ by S. Renay Sanders


Waxing and Waning by Caitlin Smith


Old Western Matinee Motel #2 by Dan Smith


The Diner at the End of the World by J. E. Stanley


memories by Marsha Sweet


Imperial Avenue by Vladimir Swirynsky


Faded Blue by Steve Thomas


Gypsy and Snake by Mary A. Turzillo


The Train Riders by Batya Weinbaum


The Hessler 2010 Poetry and Prose Anthology is available for purchase for $8.00 new low price of five dollars from Mac's Backs bookstore, 1820 Coventry Road, Cleveland Heights, or buy a copy during the fair at the Hessler Street Fair Booth at Hessler Rd. & Hessler Ct..

If you like to have a little libation along with your poetry, the Hessler Street Fair poetry will also be continuing at the Barking Spider on Saturday.

Hessler Street Fair: where tie-dye is always in fashion! (photo by GL)


John B. Burroughs said...

It's a pleasure to be among some very fine poets!

dan smith said...

It is, indeed, an honor to be included once again in the anthology and be part of the rich history of this poetry event.

I am so looking forward to hearing the poems and getting together with old friends and making new ones.

Thanks Geoff for posting the photos
and a nice article about the event.

" let the good times roll "

christina said...

cool .. looking forward to it... as usual good company to be in.

Geoffrey A. Landis said...

Hey, all--

a reminder the three top poems will be read on the main stage this Sunday (May 23) at the Hessler Street Fair. I don't have an exact time, but it will be "about" 1 O'Clock. And it's simulcast on WRUW 91.1 FM, too.

--this post is somewhat self-promoting, since the three readers are Mary Turzillo, Jill Riga, and myself -- but come on anyway, the fair's a lot of fun, and it looks like the weather will be nice!

See the Hessler Street Poetry Page

Geoffrey A. Landis said...

T. M. Göttl, in the Cleveland Examiner today, writes about the Hessler.

Should be a blast-- weather looks great, the fair is in full session, I'm looking forward to it! See y'all at 1.

John B. Burroughs said...

Not to confuse anyone (I'm not sure which is true)- according to the Hessler Street Fair's Facebook event page, the main stage poetry reading is at noon.

Geoffrey A. Landis said...

"according to the Hessler Street Fair's Facebook event page, the main stage poetry reading is at noon."

it would have been nice if they'd told the poets that!! We'd heard 1. Except some people thought it was 2.

--So we actually ended up reading at 2. (But, despite the delay, it was a good time.)


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