Saturday, November 23, 2019

Next Cleveland Heights Poet Laureate? Ekphrastacy?

Heights Arts is now accepting applications for the 2020 - 2022 Poet Laureateship!

Endorsed by the City of Cleveland Heights, the Poet Laureate works with local poets and Heights Arts to showcase and celebrate the wonderful diversity of talent in the local community. Visit their website for application requirements and instructions:

They are also accepting applications for poets to present at their Ekphrastacy poetry series. The deadline for application submission is December 31, 2019. Application link here:

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

What's New in Cleveland's Poetry Publishing Scene

Crisis Chronicles and NightBallet Presses Present

Streetlight Imaginations Poets Read from Recent Books

South Euclid-Lyndhurst Branch
Cuyahoga County Public Library

Meeting Room 162 (20)
1876 South Green Road
South Euclid, Ohio 44121

Saturday November 23rd at 2 p.m., join us for an afternoon of vital poetry. Hear from eight poets, all with recent books published by Crisis Chronicles Press and NightBallet Press.

Crisis Chronicles Press poets:
NightBallet Press poets:

Refreshments provided. Books will be available for purchase and signing, courtesy of the publishers.

Free event! Please register here:

Registration is not required, but is helpful to the library in setting up for the event.

Friday, November 15, 2019

How to publish a Book of Poems about Despair

illustration from "The Triumph of Death"
Half the poets I know are depressed.  Jason Morphew writes this for you:
How to publish a Book of Poems about Despair.

The secret seems to be in two things:
1. Even if you're in despair, you can't ignore narrative. Story is everything.
2. Forget Shakespeare: Petrarch rules.


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