Juliet Cook of Blood Pudding Press has been doing a series of "poetry mini interviews"-- 5 short answers to 5 short questions, answering one question a week, conducted by Thomas Whyte.
*and if your problem with interviews is that you like them think they go on too long, you're in luck! These answers are indeed very short!
The opening is on Saturday, May 4th from 6pm-10pm, with book signing and poetry reading at 8pm. Sarah Cuturic will also be joining us for the opening to perform original songs from her band, Napsack.
To accompany Nicole's book release there will be a three week long poetry/art event, curated by Nicole with several poems written by women that have been illustrated by women in a variety of media. A section of the show will also include Rocky River High School girls from a writing club called Driftwood. The art show will run for 3 weeks, through May 25th. Hours: Wed. through Sat. 1-6 p.m. Also open by appointment.
Heights Arts' 2019 Haiku Death Match will take place August 3rd at Cain Park's Alma Theatre. The Application to be a Death Match contestant is now open through May 15th. You can find the application and all the rules and regs at:
8 poets and 2 alternates will be chosen by lottery to compete.
Winner receives: a cheesy trophy, title of 2019 Haiku Master, a $200.00 commission from Heights Arts for 10 Haiku to use in future programming like the poetry squares that are being installed at Cleveland Heights Libraries, and, of course, the adulation of the public.
Final Four Receive: beautiful hand-crafted gift from a local artist.
Alternates: while not competing,alternates will present Haiku between rounds for the audience.
All Participants Receive: A $100.00 participation stipend, publicity and promotion through Crowd Funding, website, ENews, and Social media prior to the event - as well as the program insert on the day of the event. Heights Arts will also sell poets' chapbooks or other publications in our store throughout the year.
Either way, mark your calendar, and pass this along to your friends so they can cheer you and the other contestants on!
Will YOU be the next Haiku Master?
2017 Haiku Death Match winner Ray McNiece (image courtesy Heights Arts)
The Hessler Street Fair Poetry Contest is one of the longest-running poetry events in Cleveland, it features cash prizes, and it's free to enter.
The best of the poems submitted are selected and printed in the Hessler Street Fair anthology, and the poets are invited to read their poems at a reading in May to select the winners. The top poets will earn a slot to read on the main stage at the fair (simulcast on the radio), June 1 and 2, 2019.
Contest submissions close on April 15, so get your poems in now!
The reading for the contest top places will be held at Unitarian Universalist Society on May 11, 2019 at 7pm. About 20 minutes after all participating poets have read, the winners will be announced and prizes handed out. If you have won 1st, 2nd, or 3rd Place in the Hessler Street Fair Poetry Contest in the last three years, you are welcome to submit to the book and read your poem, but you will not be eligible to win a prize.
Join in a lively discussion with regionally and nationally known poetry publishers on Saturday April 13th at the South Euclid-Lyndhurst Branch of the Cuyahoga County Public Library.
Representatives from Bottom Dog Press, Cleveland State University Press, Crisis Chronicles Press, NightBallet Press, Poet’s Haven, and University of Akron Press will share their thoughts and insights about publishing poetry and answer questions from the audience. Moderated by Bonné de Blas, an MFA Candidate in the Northeastern Ohio Master of Fine Arts program at Kent State University.
Enjoy free refreshments while you browse the book fair, talk with local publishers, and check out their publications.
Submissions accepted between Monday, March 4, 2019 and Monday, April 22, 2019 at 9:00 p.m. To
submit a poem, visit the Traveling Stanzas exhibit and use the theme,
Immigrant Voices, to compose your work. Poems will be judged by local
poets. Winners and two runners up will be selected from the following
age groups: K-8 grade, 9-12 grade and over 18. The contest will
culminate with a poetry reading by the winners. Submissions accepted at any Library service desk or can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include your name, contact information and age group.
Once again, the Ohio Poetry Day Association has sent out the flyer announcing twenty-six contests for 2019.
I don't usually like contests with entry fees, but the entry fee on this one, $10.00, is so absurdly low for twenty-six contests (of course, you don't have to enter them all) that it's pretty clear nobody's making money on this. It's a bargain.
No URL-- OPD is purely old school; paper submissions only. Postmark by the May 15 deadline.
And, if you want a little mini-vacation to Troy in the autumn, mark your calendars for the Ohio Poetry Day celebration October 18 and 18.
The Cleveland Lit sponsored a staged reading, Words On Fire: A Remembrance of the Cuyahoga River Fire, as part of the Cleveland Humanities Festival, with poems celebrating the Cuyahoga or Cleveland or commemorating the 50th anniversary of the great Cuyahoga River fire, with contributors from Alberto Montero, Amy Phipps, David J. Adams, David Lee Garrison, DT McCrea, Gail Bellamy, Geoffrey Landis, Jeremy Mark Ritch, Jill Sell, Josh Davis, Lee Chilcote, Maria Wolfe, Marsha McGregor, Mary Turzillo, Melissa Warren, Meredith Holmes, Theresa Gottl Brightman, Toni K. Thayer, and Vince Robinson.