Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Ekphrastacy: Join us Thursday, May 19 at 7pm

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Kita Vista (detail), Lori Kella
Dwelling (detail), Stephanie Craig

Ekphrastacy: Artists Talk + Poets Respond about Things That Fly

Join us Thursday, May 19 at 7 p.m.

IED (detail), Christopher Owen Smith
"We live in a world of gravity, gravity our constant companion from the instant we wake to the moment we fall asleep..." 

Share an evening with us and Things That Fly exhibition artists Stephanie Craig, Maggie Denk-Leigh, Lori Kella, Peter Larson, Lynne Norwood Lofton, Lynn O’Brien and Christopher Owen Smith, who will speak about their work and its evolution.
Falling 10 (Andy) detail, Peter Larson

Cleveland Heights poet laureate Christine Howey has invited local poets Geoffrey Landis, Erin Gay, Azriel Johnson, Skylark Bruce, and Terry Provost to respond to the works on view with original verse, which is always a thought-provoking and entertaining experience. Come a bit early to get a seat and enjoy refreshments!

Kita Vista (detail), Lori Kella; Dwelling (detail), Stephanie Craig; IED (detail), Christopher Owen Smith; Falling 10 (Andy) detail, Peter Larson. Gravity (opening line) Geoffrey Landis.

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Sunday, May 15, 2016

Congrats to the Hessler Street Fair Poetry Winners!

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Congratulations to Rosemarie Wilson ("One Single Rose") for her poem "Motown Blues," winning first place in the annual 2016 Hessler Street Fair Poetry Contest, and to Tanya Grossner Pilumeli and Mindi Kirchner-Greenway for their second and third place finishes.

The winners of this year's Hessler Street Fair Poetry Contest are:
The poets will read the winning poems at the 2016 Hessler Street Fair on Sunday 22 May at 2 pm, with the reading simulcast on WRUW-FM 91.1.
Read the poems in the 2016 Hessler Street Fair anthology, available from Mac's Backs-Books On Coventry and at the Fair itself.  Read more about it here.

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Sunday, May 8, 2016

Happy mother's day

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For those of you who are mothers, happy Mother's Day, and here's a link for you:
Mothers Always Write, "a literary magazine by mothers for mothers."

Saturday, May 7, 2016

Toledo Poets Come to Sandusky

As part of our monthly Coffeehouse Reading Series.
Join us in this relaxing atmosphere.

Friday, May 6, 2016

Hessler Reading This Saturday!

The annual Hessler Street Fair poetry reading is always the event of the year in Cleveland poetry, and it looks like this year it will be even more spectacular than ever.  This year's reading will be at the Barking Spider Tavern in Cleveland this Saturday, starting at 3pm, with the winning poems performed on stage at the festival, with a live simulcast on the radio.
And all the poems will be in the Hessler Street Fair Poetry Anthology, released by Crisis Chronicles Press at the reading on Saturday.  Can't make the reading? You can purchase the book at the Mac's Backs booth at the fair, or direct from Crisis Chronicles, or pick up a copy from Mac's Backs.
This year's book features a bounty of poets, both local and from distant cities:
  • A.D. Adams, 
  • Stephanie Alexander, 
  • Michael J. Arcangelini, 
  • Jameson Bayles, 
  • Dianne Borsenik, 
  • Colton Bose, 
  • Jeffrey Bowen, 
  • Nancy Brady, 
  • Steve Brightman, 
  • Theresa Göttl Brightman, 
  • Christina M. Brooks, 
  • Skylark Bruce, 
  • William Burkholder, 
  • Chad Burrall, 
  • John Burroughs, 
  • Joann Celleghin, 
  • Michael Ceraolo, 
  • Shelley Chernin, 
  • Charles Cicirella, 
  • Lorraine Cipriano, 
  • Victor Clevenger, 
  • Wanda Morrow Clevenger, 
  • Caitlin Blair Cogar, 
  • Juliet Cook, 
  • A.S. Coomer, 
  • Roger Craik, 
  • Subhankar Das, 
  • Lori Dean, 
  • Patricia Dengler, 
  • Christine Donofrio, 
  • John Dorsey, 
  • Kevin Eberhardt, 
  • Poetessa Leixyl Kaye Emmerson, 
  • Diane Vogel Ferri, 
  • Richard Ferris, 
  • Francine Flatley, 
  • Justyce Foss, 
  • Kelle Grace Gaddis, 
  • Joshua Gage, 
  • Hannah Gates, 
  • Christopher Alexander Gellert, 
  • Ken Gradomski, 
  • Michael Grover, 
  • Jennifer Hambrick, 
  • Richard Harries, 
  • Charles Robert Hice, 
  • Veronica Hopkins, 
  • Alina Howard, 
  • Christine Howey, 
  • Dionne D. Hunter, 
  • Clarissa Jakobsons, 
  • Azriel Johnson, 
  • Chuck Joy, 
  • Stan Kaufman, 
  • Sue Kaufman, 
  • Diane Kendig, 
  • Kim the B-word poet, 
  • Mindi Kirchner-Greenway, 
  • Paul Koniecki, 
  • Leonard Kress, 
  • Tom Kryss, 
  • Lori Ann Kusterbeck, 
  • Jill Lange, 
  • Phyllis Lee, 
  • Lennart Lundh, 
  • Susan Mallernee, 
  • Marc Mannheimer, 
  • Julie Ursem Marchand, 
  • Elizabeth Marino, 
  • Jonie McIntire, 
  • Sarah McIntosh, 
  • Frankie Metro, 
  • Marisa Moks-Unger, 
  • Anne Marie Moore, 
  • Laura Moore, 
  • Tracie Morell, 
  • Leah Mueller, 
  • Elliot Nicely, 
  • Tanya Pilumeli, 
  • Alois Polzer. 
  • Tam E. Polzer, 
  • Valentina Ranaldi-Adams, 
  • Brianna Robinson, 
  • Melissa Rose, 
  • Damian Rucci, 
  • Rikki Santer, 
  • Sharon M. Senal, 
  • Elizabeth Senn, 
  • Aisha Marie Smith, 
  • Kevin Frederick Smith, 
  • Rob Smith, 
  • Steven B. Smith,
  • John Stickney, 
  • Katherine Sturniolo, 
  • Brian W. Taylor, 
  • Jonathan Thorn, 
  • Anna Marie Tokarsky, 
  • Kerry Trautman,
  • Mary A. Turzillo,
  • D.R. Wagner, 
  • Scott Wannberg, 
  • Alinda Dickinson Wasner, 
  • Laura Grace Weldon, 
  • Madison Whitacre, 
  • Rosemarie Wilson,
  • Eva Xanthopoulos.


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