Monday, July 25, 2022

Two important books on Cleveland Poetry Scenes


Two important books on Cleveland Poetry Scenes

An anthology of writing by and about d.a.levy.

Chronology of his life and work, Biographical essays, Photographs, Interviews, Profiles, Statements, Letters, Art Work, Collage, Poems and Critical appreciations of his writing and art levy's “Cleveland Prints” Eight pages in full color.
Contributors: Ed Sanders, T.L. Kryss, rjs, Karl Young, Allen Frost, Joel Lipman, Kent Taylor, Mark Kuhar, Ingrid Swanberg, Larry Smith, Russell Salamon, John Jacob, Doug Manson, Michael Basinski, Jim Lang, and others.    


Edited by Larry Smith & Mary E. Weems & Nina Freedlander Gibans

"Poetry has a long and living history in Cleveland, Ohio, and this examination of its past through the lens of its vibrant present is a treasure in and of itself. They are all here, the great ones who showed the way: Langston Hughes, d.a.levy, Alberta Turner, Robert Wallace, Daniel Thompson. They set the bar pretty high. But as the editors demonstrate, their sons and daughters carry on, bringing the word to the city's streets and universities, libraries and coffeehouses."  ~ Ron Antonucci

304 pages of Cleveland Poetry Scenes from 1945 to the Present. 6 x 9 with over 50 photographs of people and places from the times. Includes an anthology of 40 key Cleveland poets with bio and statements from each.

Here's the link to order: Cleveland Poetry Scenes

Friday, July 15, 2022

Cleveland Concrete

Check out this karl kempton essay elucidating some important Cleveland history in the field of concrete poetry.

"This article brings to light a group of individuals in Cleveland, Ohio out of which came the first American anthology of concrete poetry, cleveland concrete," published by rjs in 1966.

Read the entire piece at

An example of concrete poetry by Russell Atkins
(image courtesy of Aldon Nielsen's blog)

Monday, July 11, 2022

2022-2023 William N. Skirball Writers Center Stage Series Lineup Announced


The William N. Skirball Writers Center Stage Series

We are excited to announce the lineup for our 2022-2023 William N. Skirball Writers Center Stage Series!
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Marlon James
Marlon James
Tuesday, September 20, 2022
Barbara Kingsolver
Barbara Kingsolver
Tuesday, October 25, 2022
Jon Meacham
Jon Meacham
Monday, November 7, 2022
Silvia Moreno-Garcia
Silvia Moreno-Garcia
Tuesday, March 14, 2023
Jonathan Franzen
Jonathan Franzen
Tuesday, April 11, 2023
Elif Batuman & Gary Shteyngart
Elif Batuman & Gary Shteyngart
Tuesday, May 9, 2023
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The poet doesn't invent. He listens. ~Jean Cocteau