Thursday, April 11, 2013

Hessler Street Fair is looking for poets! {UPDATED]

2013 Poetry at the Hessler Street Fair

Celebrate the 45th Anniversary of the Hessler Street Fair!!!
2013 Hessler Street Fair Poetry Contest & Book
  • 1st Place Winning Poet receives $100
  • 2nd Place Winning Poet receives $50
  • 3rd Place Winning Poet receives $25
Mac’s Backs on Coventry road will host the Poetry reading of entries for the 2013  Hessler Street Fair Poetry contest.
The rules for 2013 – Newly edited 2/21/2013
  • Submit up to 5 original poems. Only selected poems will be included. Each poem must have your name, street address, city, state, zip code, telephone number and e-mail address.
  • Open to ages 14 and up.
  • Shorter poems of one page or less will be favored.
  • Poets published in the book may purchase one copy of the Hessler 2013 Poetry and Prose Annual from the Hessler Street Fair Booth at Hessler Rd. & Hessler Ct. during the days of the 2013 Fair for half price. Full price will be charged for additional copies at the Fair Booth or at Mac’s Backs paperbacks, 1820 Coventry Road, Cleveland Heights, OH - 216-321-2665
  • Emailed entries are strongly preferred. Email entry deadline is April 19th, 2013.
  • Entries delivered via U. S. mail deadline is April 19th, 2013 . Poets whose work has been accepted for publication will be notified via e-mail. Book will be released in early May.
  • A qualifying round of readings will be held at Mac’s Backs -Books on Coventry on May 8th, 2013 at 7pm. About 20 minutes after all poets have read, the winners will be announced and prizes will be handed out. If you have won in the last three years you can submit to the book but will not be eligible to win a prize. To receive a prize you must read on the designated day during the Hessler Street Fair.
Poetry has always been an integral part of the Hessler Street Fair, sometimes having its own stage on the street and sometimes combining with music on the main stage, but always doing something new. This year we continue to provide space for local poets to speak. Check back for the schedule of events.
The Top Three winners will be given the opportunity to read from the stage at the Hessler Street Fair, simulcast on live radio and the web, during the Fair. Poetry read on air must not include any words designated to be obscene language as stated by the U.S. Federal Communications Commission.
U.S. Mail (no hand delivery please):
Poetry Contest
2011 Hessler Street Fair Committee
11326 Hessler Road, Cleveland OH 44106

  • check out their facebook page here

Mac’s Backs ~ Books on Coventry
Celebrating 34 Years 1978-2012
1820 Coventry Rd.
Cleveland Heights, Ohio 44118
2012 contest winners:
  • 1st place: B M Stroud
  • 2nd place: Carla Thompson
  • 3rd place: Nancy Nixon
2011 contest winners: On Wednesday May 11, 2011 the Hessler Street Fair Poetry finalists read their entries at Mac’s Backs on Coventry. The judges selected the following winners.
  • 1st Place – Vladimir Swirynsky for “Already The Sky on Bent Knees”
  • 2nd Place – Shelley Chernin for “Rise and Shine”
  • 3rd Place – Andrew Line for “Catalyst (In Memoriam)”
  • Honorable Mention – T.M. Gottl for “On the Feast of Snow and Shadow”
  • Honorable Mention – Michael Bernstein for “what it does”
The Hessler Street Fair Committee would like to thank this year’s judges:
  • Jill Riga
  • Mary Turzillo
  • Geoffrey A. Landis
Special thanks to Joshua Gage for putting the 2011 Hessler Street Fair Anthology together and conducting the reading. Our sincere appreciation is extended to Suzanne DeGaetano at Mac’s Backs for hosting the reading and her ongoing support of the Hessler Street Fair, and to the Hessler Street Fair, for their long-running support of poetry.
2013 Hessler winners
the 2011 winners

reading on the main stage at the Hessler fair 

Update (May 9 2013):

Congrats to the winners! 

  • First place, "Bird's Nest," AKeemjamal Rollins
  • Second place, "Wine of the Lost Child of the Lost Child of the Sixties," Batya Weinbaum
  • Third place, "The Mermaids of Lake Erie," Marie Vibbert
  •  Honorable mention: "The Bison Speaks," Jacob King
We're looking forward to your performance on the main stage at the fair on Sunday!


Geoffrey A. Landis said...

Deadline today!

Geoffrey A. Landis said...

On the Hessler Street Poetry facebook page, Joshua Gage has announced:
Here are the contents for the Hessler Street Fair Anthology, 2013:

Antoine Lee Chilcote
Bearded Kaliópe Geoffrey A. Landis and Mary A. Turzillo
Bird's Nest AKeemjamal Rollins
Blood Collateral T.M. Göttl
Bystander Tina Puckett
Catdream Renay Sanders
Drinking After Work Steve Thomas
Escape to the North Patti Carlyle
Fragments Kathleen D. Gallagher
Healing Rita Meacham
Hors d'Oeuvres Steven B. Smith
I Dream of T-Shirts Matt McGee
Ideal Apocalypse Keven Frederick Smith
If I Were the Moon Jen Pezzo
Kissing Kimberly Steele
Making Bread with Emily Diane Klammer
Noose Yourself Christine Howey
Ohm Wave Surfing Malkiese Paythress
Pregnant Chuck Joy
Remember Kristina England
Source of Solace Catherine Criswell
Stand Up! REDD
The Bison Speaks Jacob King
The Inner Alchemy of Fish C.M. Brooks
The Man in Black David S. Pointer
The Mermaids of Lake Erie Marie Vibbert
Three-Part Tincture Steve Brightman
Ugly Things Susie Sweetland Garay
Untitled Eva Xanthopoulos
Untitled #4 Marc Mannheimer
Waking Lynne Albert
Wine of the Lost Child of the Lost Child of the Sixties Batya Weinbaum

The reading is coming up on Wednesday, May 8, at Mac's Backs on Coventry! Come on over, it will be great!


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