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Gems in Cleveland's Gravel Pit

03/06/08 | by steveg [mail] | Categories: Poetry, Literary Cafe

There are loads of new and young poets in the northeast Ohio region. We usually only hear about the established and old that have set up local DYI zines and/or got published in the many little chaps or pamphlets. Or maybe they just print out their own broadsides and hand them out a la Franke. It is one of the goals of the Literary Cafe Poetry Reading series to find and bring out the up and comings, the laureates in training, the ones that we can say we knew them when. This month on Thursday March 13 at 9:30pm, we showcase two of these shining examples of youthful talent.

Paul Skyrm, I met at a reading of the American Zen anthology put out by Bottom Dog Press some 3-4 years ago. The Aurora habitant doesn't come out to the poetry events I end up at, but fortunately we bumped at the Rabbits over Clevyland a couple years ago and he does come by Tremont for some fun once in a while so I grabbed him for this reading. Soulful and image rich, Paul has attended Naropa University's Jack Kerouac School for Disembodied Poetics and has been concentrating on novel writing as of late. He has written The Highwayman (which he sent me the pdf last year) and his new one, Corpse Meditation. He is currently working on Mahoning Falls. The poor sot now has a warehouse job and can't get the time to put a bio together, so he's stuck with this.

Beth Ann Sadowski lives in Kent and I have lost track of her since she made it to the Cleveland Slam team in 2004. I personally thought she was the best reader on the team and has been on the short list for being a feature reader at the Lit since we started. I was just waiting to get some contact info. Until she sends me something else, this is all I got about her, but I know she is a great poet and a fantastic reader.

You may not recognize the names, but trust me, this is a night you don't want to miss. Get an autograph so that when one of them becomes the US poet laureate, you can make a killing on ebay. The Literary Cafe is at 1031 Literary Road in the fresh and old Tremont neighborhood of Cleveland.

Beware the Ides of March.

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Comment from: Rebecca [Visitor] Email
RebeccaHello Steve.
We met briefly over this past weekend. I am going to try and make it on Thursday, sounds like a great time, thanks.
03/11/08 @ 10:36
Comment from: tammy sadowski [Visitor]
tammy sadowskiI don't know if you ever found Beth, but she is my daughter. If you need info let me know.
06/06/09 @ 18:34