Join us to celebrate the publication of Poem for Cleveland,
a new anthology written by over 100 youth and elder poets. Poets will
be reading their poems from this second edition of the book.
The Poem for Cleveland project was a year-long series of workshops led by Ray McNiece,
former Cleveland Heights Poet Laureate and Cleveland Arts Prize
Lifetime Achievement Award winner. The project culminated in the
publication of the anthology by local publisher, Red Giant Press. Poem for Cleveland was made possible by the Academy of American Poets with funds from the Mellon Foundation.
McNiece worked with youth poets to present writing workshops for
elder poets at various community venues, including the William N.
Skirball Writers’ Center at the South Euclid-Lyndhurst Branch. Each
workshop included poetry prompts about Cleveland, including favorite
places, people, family memories, and growing up a Clevelander.