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Faith and Beggorah! Tis only the lucky or the Irish that get to warm up to dear St. Pat with some fine brogue spoken poetry from a lovely lassie and lovable leprechaun. The beer may not yet have the green sheen, but the Literary Café is sure to have the Irish hijinx of Johnny Jameson and Sons or Bushmill’s fresh elixir on this 2nd Thursday, March 12 at 9:30pm. Never you mind the Lenten, cause only the snakes that our dear friend Patrick chased away will not be welcome. Beside, dispensation goes to all who celebrate a great saint even if his day falls during a period of Spartan restraint. So who are the players in this Irish wake?
The lass from County Portage is none other than Mary Biddinger. Born in the western foreign county Alameda, near the clan lands of Fremont, she escaped and was reared by kind folk of the central lands of Illinois and Michigan. Mary is the author of Prairie Fever (Steel Toe Books, 2007), and the Editor of the Akron Series in Poetry. She also serves on the Open Competition Editorial Committee for the Cleveland State University Poetry Center. In 2007 she founded the independent literary magazine Barn Owl Review, which is releasing its second issue in the spring of 2009. Her work has recently appeared or is forthcoming in 32 Poems, Fifth Wednesday Journal, Gulf Coast, The Laurel Review, Memorious, Ninth Letter, North American Review, /nor, Third Coast, and many other journals. Mary teaches literature and creative writing courses, with a focus on Modern, contemporary, and world poetry at the University of Akron and NEOMFA: Northeast Ohio Master of Fine Arts program, which she will begin directing in the summer of 2009.
From nearby county Lucas, banding about the Toledo heath, our other reader is known to wield a word like a shillelagh. Michael Grover is a wanderer of the land and has earned the title King of the Beards. This leprechaun has shared his pot of gold in literary underground in places like Cause & Effect, Citizen 32, Alphabeat Soup, The San Gabriel Poetry Quarterly, Mad Poets Review, Philadelphia Poets and the anthologies One Drop: To Be The Color Black, West Memphis Witchhunt, and My Time: The Lunch Break Book and online including www. saintvituspress. com, www. outsiderwriters. org, www. getunderground. com, www.dyingwriters. com, DecomP Literary Magazine, Zygote In My Coffee, Redfez. net, Whirlygig Zine, and Beat The Dust. Mike is a publisher with his Covert Press and has authored a number of chapbooks that he will indubitably pimp throughout the evening.
Heaven shines upon our little piece of Eire and sheds a wee bit of green during the gusty early Spring with the fine fealty of these bards of the old ways. Come to listen to the kyrie by these language artists and feel the sun on the potato fields back home, Thursday March 12 at 9:30 in the even. The Literary Café is at 1031 Literary Road in the Lucky neighborhood of Tremont, County Cuyahoga.
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