Saturday, April 30, 2016

Thirty Days of Poetry: 2016

Celebrating national poetry month, the Cuyahoga County Public Library's 30 Days of Poetry been posting one poem from a local poet a day for whole month of April.

Check out the whole list, along with the poetry prompts, at CCPL's Thirty Days of Poetry site

The Poets and the Poems:

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Troubled poems

Poet Susan Grimm writes about troublesome poems: (a partial follow-up to her earlier post, How I Thought/Think About Poems I Write):
  • The poem that is there but in disguise... The poem that is not yet there...
What do you do when the poem's giving you trouble? Tough love? Let it go? Give it more attention? Try to ignore it?

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Ohio Poetry Day 2016 Contests announced

The Ohio Poetry Day contests have just been announced on the Ohio Poetry Day blog:

24 contests on a variety of themes and forms, with a (postmark) deadline of May 31: time to start getting your poems written!

Ohio Poetry Day will be celebrated at Heidelberg University in Tiffin this year, with Friday evening contests and prompts on October 14, and the Evan Lodge workshop Saturday mornnig and the Ohio Poetry Day celebration Saturday afternoon on October 15.

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Five Myths about Writers...

My friend Ferrett writes: Five Myths About Writers That Non-Writers Don't Get
  • Hard Work Does Not Equal Talent.
  • Talent Does Not Equal Success.
  • A Talented Writer Does Not Produce Consistently Talented Works.
  • Love Does Not Equal Quality. 
  • We Are Not In Competition With Each Other.  
Important points, all of them.  Check out the article.

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Things that Fly: Art and Ekphrastacy at the Heights

Kite Vista (detail)
Kite Vista (detail), courtesy Lori Kella. On view in Things That Fly, April 21-June 4, 2016.
Things that Fly: Art and Ekphrastacy at the Heights

anticipating our new exhibition, Things That Fly, which will not disappoint your imagination. With this exhibition comes our first Ekphrastacy program with Christine Howey, newly appointed Cleveland Heights Poet Laureate, as poetry curator:

Things That Fly

Opening Thursday, April 21 6-9pm

Ekphrastacy: Artists Talk + Poets Respond

Thursday May 19, 7pm

  • Curated by Heights Arts board member Sharon Grossman, Things That Fly brings together seven Northeast Ohio artists whose works examine the concept of flight. Seven artists--Stephanie Craig, Maggie Denk-Leigh, Lori Kella, Peter Larson, Lynn Norwood Lofton, Lynn O’Brien and Christopher Owen Smith--look to the skies in seven distinct and inspiring ways. Join us for a THURSDAY opening reception.
  • And following month, art meets poetry, in the Heights Arts' continuing "Ekphrastacy" series: Join us for an evening with art and poetry.  Cleveland Heights poet laureate Christine Howey brings together the Things That Fly exhibition artists with local poets AKeemjamal Rollins, Geoffrey Landis, Erin Gay, Azriel Johnson, Skylark Bruce, and Terry Provost, to respond with original verse inspired by select objects in the exhibition. It’s always an interesting night; come a bit early to get a seat and enjoy refreshments! FREE, Thursday, May 19 at 7:00 p.m.


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Tuesday-Thursday: 10:00am - 6:00pm
Friday: 10:00am-9:30pm
Saturday: 1:30-9:30pm
Sunday-Monday: closed

Friday, April 8, 2016

Friday, April 1, 2016

30 Days of Poetry: Day One, Amit Majmudar

Celebrating national poetry month, the Cuyahoga County Public Library's 30 Days of Poetry has started, with day one featuring a poem from the new Ohio Poet Laureate, Amit Majmudar.

Amit Majmudar has recently been named the first Poet Laureate of the state of Ohio. In addition to two acclaimed novels, he has published three award-winning poetry collections, 0°, 0° (TriQuarterly Books, 2009), Heaven and Earth (Story Line Press, 2011) which won the Donald Justice prize, and Dothead (Knopf Doubleday, 2016). Raised in Cleveland and educated in Northeast Ohio at the University of Akron and Northeast Ohio Medical University, he did his medical residency at University Hospitals in Cleveland. Now as a novelist, poet, essayist, and diagnostic nuclear radiologist, he writes and practices in Dublin, Ohio, where he lives with his wife, twin sons, and baby daughter. Poet's website.

In addition to featuring a poem a day from Ohio poets, 30 days of poetry encourages you to write a poem a day.  Subscribe to the e-mail or read the website every day for a new writing prompt!



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