Sunday, February 20, 2022

A Tribute to Russell Atkins - February 27th on Zoom

From our friends at Cave Canem:

Cave Canem invites you to celebrate this Black History Month by joining us in A Tribute to Russell Atkins. Poet, playwright and composer, Atkins’ work has had a devoted following since the 1950s, but he has found new audiences in the 21st century. At soon-to-be 96, Atkins has survived an extortionate conservatorship–during which time legally-appointed guardians went quickly through money earned from the resale of his family home, burned all his papers (opera, drama, poetry, journals, and correspondence with Langston Hughes and Marianne Moore)–and COVID19. Join us in honoring the tenacious artistry and longevity of this innovative virtuoso.  

Readings will be given by Janice Lowe, Daniel Gray-Kontar and Julie Ezelle Patton, along with a rare performance of Atkins’ “Objects for Piano” by pianist, Milena Gligić.  

This event is virtual. Click here to register.
Free and open to the public.

Wednesday, February 16, 2022

Poetry and Prose Contests for Ohio Writers

From our friends at the Gordon Square Review:

Gordon Square Review is pleased to announce two special contests to celebrate its tenth issue: the 2022 Poetry Contest for Ohio Writers, judged by Noor Hindi, and the 2022 Prose Contest for Ohio Writers, judged by Eman Quotah. This marks the first time Gordon Square Review has opened its contests to all writers who currently live in Ohio.


For the Poetry Contest, writers in Ohio may submit a single poem of any length. For the Prose Contest, writers in Ohio may submit a single piece of prose up to 3,000 words. The entry fee for each contest is $10 per entry. One winner in each category will receive a $500 prize and publication in Issue 10 of Gordon Square Review. One runner-up in each category will also be selected for publication.


Both contests open for entries on January 15, 2022, with a deadline of April 10, 2022. See full guidelines on Gordon Square Review’s website.


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