And check out Ray's online poetry workshops. More details at RayMcNiece.com.
Thursday, February 25, 2021
Sunday, February 14, 2021
Saturday, February 13, 2021
Laurie Kincer writes:
Here’s a special gift for you on Valentine’s Day: Honey Bell-Bey, Cuyahoga County Poet Laureate, is the featured reader at tomorrow’s Second Sunday Poets. A spoken word poet, Ms. Bell-Bey has been in the news frequently over the years as the founder and director of The Distinguished Gentlemen, a poetry recitation and performance group for young men ages 12-21.
Register here to receive a Zoom link at 2 p.m. for the 3 p.m. event: Second Sunday Poets - Cuyahoga County Public Library (cuyahogalibrary.org)
Bring one or two of your own poems to read during the open mic, with the suggested theme of love (keeping it PG-rated). You’re also welcome just to tune in to listen.
Stay well and warm,
Cuyahoga County Public Library
South Euclid-Lyndhurst Branch
1876 South Green Road / South Euclid, OH 44121
p 216.382.4880 / f 216.382.4584
Cuyahoga County Public Library
2111 Snow Road / Parma, OH 44134
p 216.749.9309 / f 216.485.9851
Photo credit: Adrian Hood
Tuesday, February 2, 2021
Read the whole article - 'Writers in Residence' gives voice to Ohio's juvenile detention youth, helping spark transformation and cut down recidivism - at news5cleveland.com.
And support Writers in Residence!
Sunday, January 24, 2021
|Cuyahoga County Poet
Laureate Honey Bell-Bey |
celebrating Vice President Kamala Harris with students
at Wade Elementary School on Inauguration Day. [Honey Bell-Bey]
Read the full article by Jenny Hamel at ideastream®.
Saturday, January 23, 2021
Tuesday, January 12, 2021
This week on The Bookshop Podcast, host Mandy Jackson-Beverly talks to northern Ohio lit icons Suzanne DeGaetano of Mac's Backs Books on Coventry and Larry Smith of Bottom Dog Press:
Listen on Spotify, Podcast Addict, PlayerFM or BuzzSprout.
Mac's Backs: www.macsbacks.com
Larry Smith: https://smithdocs.net/LarrySmithHomepage.htm
Sunday, January 10, 2021
|art by smith|
"I’m interested in the concept of the city as center of culture. The city is a symbol of the womb, of civilization, of collected human experience. The city is something that is very old. The city is something holy. The city is something natural. The city is something akin to a coral colony. The city is a legitimate human function. The city means that we have moved beyond subsistence and into something more collective. Rather than being estranged from the land, the city is dependent on the land."
Monday, January 4, 2021
"There’s something wonderful about the spontaneity of social media, but I
think at this point it’s becoming 100% toxic for people to be firing
off the top of their brains. One of the things [my new] book
says is that the deeper parts of our brain are actually more empathic.
If you revise something 20 times, for a mysterious reason, it becomes
more social, empathic and compassionate. With Chekhov, you feel he’s always saying: “Well, what else?”, “Is there
anything else I should know?”, or “Maybe I’m wrong.” And all of that
seems to be designed to foster love, or at least some kind of relation
to the other that’s got possibility. So I’m not a fan of social media.
I’m not on it. And I won’t be, because I think it’s killing us,
actually. I really do."
Read the rest of what Saunders has to say in The Guardian.
And you can pre-order his new book, A Swim in a Pond in the Rain: In Which Four Russians Give a Master Class on Writing, Reading, and Life, from Mac's Backs.