Monday, November 18, 2013

Poetry in the Woods

Tuesday November 19, 2013
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Bertram Woods Branch
20600 Fayette Road | Shaker Heights, Ohio 44122 | 216.991.2421

Kathleen Cerveny, poet and visual artist is the current Poet Laureate of Cleveland Heights. Since 1991 Kathleen has been the Director of Arts Initiatives for the Cleveland Foundation, the country’s oldest and first community foundation. She is a graduate of the Cleveland Institute of Art and has exhibited her ceramics locally and nationally. From 1987-90 she was Cleveland Public Radio’s producer and broadcast journalist for the arts, winning more than 15 top awards and producing many features for National Public Radio. Her poems have appeared in the Southern New Hampshire University Journal: Amoskeag, the e-journal: Shaking Like a Mountain, and in journals published by Pudding House Press, among others. She is Cleveland’s former Haiku champion (2009-10) and is in the process of completing her MFA in Poetry from the University of Southern Maine: Stonecoast Creative Writing Program (July 2014). Most recently, a poem of Kathleen’s was selected for inclusion in an anthology published by Future Cycle Press: Poems for Malala Yousafzai.

Catherine Criswell is a poet who resides in Shaker Heights, Ohio. Her poems have appeared in various publications, including the Great Lakes Review, Muse Magazine, and the Hessler Street Fair anthologies. She is a member of the Cleveland Puddinghouse Salon, a writer`s workshop group, and two of her poems will appear in its 2013 anthology produced by Kattywompus Press. In 2013, she began hosting the Monday at Mahall`s Poetry & Prose Series at Mahall`s 20 Lanes in Lakewood, Ohio, one Monday per month. She also annually hosts the Cleveland edition of the 100,000 Poets for Change global movement at Visible Voice Books. In addition, she serves as a guest contributor to She also performs her poetry at Mac`s Backs and The Barking Spider. Photo by Michael Spear Photography.

Brad Ricca was born in Cleveland and is a SAGES Fellow at Case Western Reserve University. His first book of poems, American Mastodon (Black Lawrence Press, 2011), won the St. Lawrence Book Award and was featured on A Writer`s Almanac by Garrison Keillor. It was also named a "Best of Cleveland" in 2012. He has also written a book about the creators of Superman titled Super Boys (St. Martin`s Press, 2013).

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