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Laureate Nites at the Lit

08/02/07 | by steveg [mail] | Categories: Poetry

I know that you have all missed the pithy, clever promos for the Literary Cafe monthly poetry while I've been screwing around pretending to know how to do web coding and database queries. Well, be ready to be disappointed again. I got nothing but the facts.

So the fact is that for a change we are going to have a poetry reading at the Literary Cafe (1031 Literary Road Cleveland) next Thursday August 9 It also just so happens to be the second thursday of the month. That would make for a good regular day for a poetry reading. We will start at 9:30 PM, yes, really 9:30 pm. Do not listen to the rumors of our lax promptness even if they come from poet laureates (yeah, you Loren Weiss! You too, Jack McGuane!).

maryweemsSpeaking of Poet Laureates, one of our feature readers is the newly appointed Poet Laureate of Cleveland Heights, Mary Weems. Mary is an accomplished poet, playwright, author, performer, motivational speaker, and imagination-intellect theorist. Her work has been widely published in journals including the African American Review and xcp:Cultural Poetics, anthologies including Spirit & Flame: An Anthology of African American Poetry and Boomer Girls, and several books including Public Education and the Imagination-Intellect: I Speak from the Wound in My Mouth (Lang, 2003), which argues for imagination-intellectual development as the primary goal of public education. She won the Wick Chapbook Award for her collection white in 1996, and in 1997 her play "Another Way to Dance" won the Chilcote award for The Most Innovative Play by an Ohio Playwright. Her most recent collection of poems Tampon Class (Pavement Saw Press, 2005) is in its second printing. Mary Weems currently teaches in the English and Education departments at John Carroll University. More importantly, she give great hugs.

josephmakkosOur other feature is JS Makkos. It has been said that Joseph have traveled all over the country, meeting poets, reading in eclectic venues, and managed to get an MFA from some well respected university. I, however, have never seen his passport or visas. I did witness him sleeping facedown in the dust next to a dead campfire that he stoked to Bessemer proportions all night. I have seen him eschew the somnambulant urge in exchange for mental masturbation. He is the founder of the Language Foundry, sponsored a 24 hour poetry marathon, a publisher, and, of course, a poet.

So dems da facts. All you have to do is show up and have a good time. Bring some poems to share on the open mike after the features, or write some after you show up and had a couple drinks.

Its all good.

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