Congratulations to Jeremy (and Parma)!
Read all about it at Cleveland.com.
And you can find him at jeremyjusek.com.
Folks, we at Bottom Dog Press can use your support in this big project to work for reason in gun control. We will be publishing a book of memoir by JRW (Robert) Case.
Cycling Through Columbine
A Memoir of American Democracy in Crisis
The book follows Robert on a cross-country bike-packing adventure while reflecting on the Columbine school massacre near his hometown in Colorado.
You can help through our GoFundMe campaign.
Literary Cleveland is now accepting applications for two $1,000 internships for spring 2022.
10-12 Morning topic: contemporary poetry books
1-4 Guest Workshop Leader Robert Miltner & Molly Fuller, on the sounds of music in poetry
10-12 Morning topic: craft books on poetry writing
1-4 Guest Workshop Leader Mary Biddinger, on inviting strangeness into your poems
10-12 Morning topic: journals, submissions
1-4 Guest Workshop Leader Steve Reese, on abstract vs. concrete in poetic language
10-12 Morning topic: chapbooks
1-4 Guest Workshop Leader Marion Boyer, on revision
10-12 Morning topic: full-length books
1-4 Guest Workshop Leader Barbara Sabol, on beginnings and endings
10-12 Morning topic: residencies, contests, retreats, conferences
1-4 Guest Workshop Leader Allison Pitinii Davis, on linebreaks
10-12 Morning topic: creating a workshop group
1-4 Guest Workshop Leader Diane Kendig, on time
10-12 Morning topic: performance reading
1-4 Guest Workshop Leader Susan Grimm, on how the poem happens: thinking about the parts and the whole
10-12 Morning topic: trade magazines
1-4 Guest Workshop Leader David Hassler, on finding the hidden energy in language
Praise for Michael Steffen’s Poetry
These warm, generous, and lively poems speak to the narrative of body and spirit, of family, marriage, community and culture, as they come to terms with past and present losses. They do it best by living in the present, grateful for the whole of every moment—luscious, embarrassing, lonely, or loving, reveling in the sensual. Steffen’s capacity to surprise with sudden humor or beauty or truth infuses every poem, reminding us to live fully, because “somewhere offshore in the eye of apocalypse,/angels raise their trumpets—” as I raise mine, to this wonderful blood narrative.
- April Ossmann (author of Event Boundaries)
Steffen scrupulously avoids flamboyance, the sort of surface dazzle we find in poems that, like the stereotypical Chinese meal, are immediately appealing but leave us hungry instants later. His plain style approach allows his insights, as it were, to sneak up on us...until we discover ourselves (how did it happen?) in a world so full of pathos that we catch our breaths.
- Sydney Lea
About the Author
Please go to www.mnsteffen.com for more.
Mary Turzillo and Marge Simon have a new book of dark poetry out, Victims, from Weasel Press. Seems like a lot of literature celebrates villains; it's a little more unusual to see the other side.
This is one of the braver dark poetry collections I’ve seen in a while. Horror poets generally employ victims in their work, but the focus is generally on the Evil. Turning the camera the other way is unusual, unsettling, emotionally risky, and surprisingly effective. From their stark opening take on Pygmalion, to the ending poem about the wasted life of Stateira of Persia, this powerful collection teases apart an impressive number of the threads of victimhood. Some are the usual cases, but quite a few are surprises, or reversals, or cases with unexpected layers. There is nothing repetitive about this collection.
Tim grew up along the Ohio River and worked at Weirton Steel as a millwright until lupus forced him to retire. He and wife Jodi lived on in Toronto, Ohio with four children, always close to nature. Tim won awards for his poetry and was praised by Gary Snyder, “There is discipline, spirit, clarity, no easy optimism, sensibility, heart in these poems.” His chapbook “In Medias Res” was published in A Red Shadow of Steel Mills: Photos & Poems (Bottom Dog Press 1991). He was a fine poet and had a wonderful ability to combine people with nature and industry. Here are a few lines.
Ohio Poet Laureate Kari Gunter-Seymour invites all poets with ties to Ohio and Appalachia (and so on - watch the video for details) to submit to the new anthology I Thought I Heard a Cardinal Sing. Deadline: October 30, 2021.
More info: https://www.karigunterseymourpoet.com/submit.
Cleveland, it's time to celebrate the return of Tongue-in-Groove! Hosted by Heights Poet Laureate Ray McNiece (Cleveland Arts Prize
Lifetime Achievement Award Winner) with Al Moses on
guitar, Nick Marino on bass, Michelle Clark on percussion and Tim
Lachina on harmonica at the Millard Fillmore Presidential Library at 15617 Waterloo Road in the North
Collinwood neighborhood of Cleveland. The Poetry Jam happens at 6 p.m. starting on Sunday, September 19th. This month's featured poet is Renay Sanders. An open mic with the band will follow.
About the feature:
The following is from their Facebook event page:
Congratulations to Cleveland's very own Quartez Harris, who has been named 2021 Ohio Poet of the Year for his acclaimed book We Made It to School Alive (2020, Twelve Arts).
To contact the author, visit www.quartezharris.com.
From our friends at Heights Arts. The first Haiku Hike is this Saturday, August 28th, at Cain Park.
The following is from our friends at the Cuyahoga County Public Library. For more information, visit https://case.edu/maltzcenter/upcoming-events/william-n-skirball-writers-center-stage.