Tuesday, April 20, 2021

The Ohio Poetry Association Launches a New Podcast

The Ohio Poetry Association presents a new podcast hosted by Cleveland area poet Jeremy Jusek. Poetry Spotlight "interviews active Ohio poets. Each episode goes in a different direction based on our guest, but the goal is always the same: investigate what makes Buckeye writers tick. Inspiration, projects, and perspectives on writing are all on the table." A new episode every other Thursday! Click here for more info.

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Friday, April 16, 2021

Write the Beats with Ray McNiece

From Cleveland Heights Poet Laureate Ray McNiece:

Write the Beats

A Workshop of Beat Writer Prompts

Beat era poets have had a profound influence on modern culture and mores as well as contemporary poeticsin particular performance poetry. Write the Beats is a workshop of Beat poetry prompts: Each of the six weeks will use a prompt based on a poem by a prominent beat era poet: Ginsberg, Snyder, Ferlinghetti, DiPrima, Kaufman and Kerouac. Prompts will explore themes of political poetry/identity, environmentalism, feminist poetry, surrealism, and spontaneous bop prosody. We will also look at works by Baraka, Waldman, and Corso for the poetry of rebellion, beat spirituality and neo romanticism.

Online via Zoom on Thursdays from 6pm-8pm April 22-May 27th

Register to receive the zoom link and class instructions. https://www.litcleveland.org/classes-workshops/write-the-beats-a-workshop-of-beat-poetry-prompts


Ray McNiece is the author of nine books of poems and monologues, most recently Love Song for Cleveland, a collaboration with photographer Tim Lachina, and Breath Burns Away: New Haiku. He toured Russia with Yevgeny Yevtushenko. He also toured Italy twice with legendary beat poet Lawrence Ferlinghetti and was writer in residence at the Kerouac House in Orlando, Florida.

Thursday, April 1, 2021

Poetry month, featuring 30 Days of Poetry!


National Poetry Month graphic

Once again, it's April with his shoures soote (in this case, snow showers). And that means once again it's National Poetry Month. And, once again, Laurie Kincer of the Cuyahoga County Public library has put together Thirty Days of Poetry, featuring a poem from a Northeastern Ohio Poet, and a poetry prompt, delivered right into your inbox every day this month.

Laurie writes:

Hello, poets!


I hope you’re signed up to receive Read + Write: 30 Days of Poetry, Cuyahoga County Public Library’s National Poetry Month blog. Every day in April, you’ll receive a poem by a poet who lives, works, or has some important tie to northeast Ohio; a poetry writing prompt to try; and a poetry book to check out of the library. Here’s a sample of the daily blog and the link to sign up for it. 


You’re also invited to these special poetry workshops:


And, of course, these regular, monthly gatherings of poets:


Happy National Poetry Month to you and yours!

...and if that's not enough for you, check out Michelle R. Smith's blog, "Forcing Bulbs", where she is posting a poetry prompt every day in celebration of NaPoWriMo.  Start with Day One.


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