poet Michael Steffen
will be featured in a reading/book signing at The Bookshop in Lakewood, 15230
Madison Avenue, Lakewood, OH 44107 on
Sunday, November 7th, 2021 from 2-5 pm. Michael will read at 4 pm from his
recently-published collection, Blood Narrative (Main Street Rag Press,
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.
Ossmann (author of Event Boundaries)
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
is the author of three previous poetry collections: No Good at Sea
(Legible Press, 2002) won the Legible Press Poetry Prize. Heart Murmur (Bordighera Press, 2009) won
the Bordighera Poetry Prize, appearing as a bilingual edition in both Italian
and English. His third collection, Bad
Behavior (Brick Road Poetry Press, 2012), won the Brick Road Poetry Prize.
While a resident of Pennsylvania, Michael was granted a 2002 Fellowship from
the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts.
His poems have appeared in Poetry, Potomac Review, Chiron Review, Poet Lore
and the American Journal of Poetry among other literary magazines. He has read and lectured widely and been a
mentor in the PEN Prison Writing Program.
Michael is a graduate of the MFA in Creative Writing Program at Vermont
College and currently lives in Buffalo, New York.
go to www.mnsteffen.com for more.