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04/05/07 | by steveg [mail] | Categories: Poetry

No banner for this month, kiddies, but one of our featured poets, C. Allen Rearick, got one of his gorilla guerillas to put together a pretty cool looking flyer. A true poet will let nothing stop his poetry from getting heard! So come to the Literary Café this Thursday April 12 at 9:30pm to hear him and a personal poetic hero/teacher of mine, Katie Daley, read words that rock the world.

Since 1999, Katie Daley has been raising a ruckus of goose bumps and exclamations on the performance poetry circuit across the US and Canada. She is a seasoned veteran of four National Poetry Slams, and in 2004, she won third place in the World Competition of the Canadian Wordlympics in Ottawa. katiedaleyKatie's work has been published in various journals and anthologies, including Seneca Review, Puckerbrush Review, Pudding Magazine, Art Crimes, Take Back the Mic, and Freedom to Speak: National Poetry Slam 2002. She has produced Full Blast Alive: Voices from the Ruby Side, a CD of her show, as well as two chapbooks: Red Hot Mangoes and Voodoo Juice (2000) and Coyote at the Wheel (2003). In 2003, Katie received an Individual Artists Fellowship from the Ohio Arts Council, and in 2004, she was the Summer Fellow at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Massachusetts. She is also the recipient of a 2006 Individual Creativity Excellence Award from the Ohio Arts Council. She also has a new book, Venus and the Hitchhikers (2007), featuring a tangy narrative about Venus and her right-hand man Pan, who are rowing around the world in a bright red boat in their efforts to spread some love salve on the 21st century's first bloom of greed, fear and loneliness.

callenrearickC. Allen Rearick was born in 1978. He lives in Cleveland, Ohio where he works as a secretary for a pest control company. His work has appeared in numerous journals, both online and print, including: Identity Theory, Dogmatika, Zygote In My Coffee, Opium Magazine, Mad Hatters’ Review, Posey, and a TON of others. His work has been in four anthologies (WHERE’S the list, Casey?) and he is on the short list for the inaugural issue of The Quirk. C. Allen has a chapbook due out in 2007.

Of all the occupations in the cosmos, Katie says she chose to be a poet because it's the one that makes her feel the most present and alive. It's her hope that the poems she writes make that feeling as contagious as possible. It does for me and should spark some of that creative energy that has made the Penpad-Padpen Spontaneous Poetry Open famous in this country or at least in this city (or in Tremont, anyway.) And we know that C. Allen likes to bellow poems from atop the bar spontaneously. This WILL be a show.

Come and listen, come and read, come and write, just come. (Take that anyway you want.) The Literary Cafe is at 1031 Literary Rd. in Cleveland's historic Tremont district.

Photos of Katie and C. Allen by Andy Timothy.

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