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Kerou-wacky Weekend

10/16/07 | by steveg [mail] | Categories: Poetry, About me

On The Road was published 50 years ago, but it had a profound effect on me and was the nitrous oxide to my writing. This weekend, Cleveland's independent bookstores are saluting this seminal work and I am proud to be a part of it.

The events kick off with an opening reception at Visible Voice Books (1023 Kenilworth) in Tremont on Friday, October 19th at 7:30 p.m. The evening will feature video clips of Jack Kerouac and a chapter by chapter reading of the first half of On the Road. I'll be reading in slot 9 and will attempt to do it with pronunciation, phrasing, and cadence that Kerouac used to read. Food and beverages will be available.

The Bookstore on W. 25th Street (1921 W. 25th St.) in Ohio City will feature readings with music and audio clips from Kerouac reading on Saturday, October 20th from Noon-4 p.m and the reading of On the Road will continue.

I'll be reading one of my own and a Kerouac piece later in the evening, Saturday, at The Barking Spider Tavern (11310 Juniper Rd.) on the CWRU campus with jazz collaboration on from 5-8 p.m. Participants will read from a variety of Kerouac’s works accompanied by jazz musicians. Food and beverages will be available.

Then on Sunday, October 21st, I will read another chapter of On The Road at the sitting stones on the towpath trail of the Ohio & Erie Canal, part of the Cleveland Metroparks on 49th St. between Canal and Grant. Sponsored by Mac’s Backs-Books on Coventry (1820 Coventry Rd.) in Cleveland Heights from 10-2 p.m. We will meet at 10 a.m. at the Visitor's Center and walk down.

And FINALLY, from 3- 6p.m on Sunday, I will read my own poems at Mac’s as part of the Modern Bohemians: City Poetry Zine Reading with other feature contributors to the City online art & poetry magazine edited by Kathy Ireland Smith. I have been in The City a few times.

This should be an unbelievable time and I am very happy to be part of it. The top poets in the region will be there. It will be down right historical. SO come on down to at least one of these events and be a NEO-beatnik for a weekend!

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Comment from: unwordsworth [Visitor] Email
unwordsworthman, seems like you reading everywhere all the time - how's about leaving some words and space for the rest of us?
10/21/07 @ 08:22