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Tremont Poetry, Wifi, and Festival

09/12/06 | by steveg [mail] | Categories: WiFi, Poetry, Community

This is the week that everything converges. Yes, everything! That is everything that I foolishly agreed, planned, or bragged about.

First, it is the second Thursday of the month and that means POETRY AT THE LIT. This week we again have outrageously outstanding features.

Rita Grabowski worked as Coordinator of the CSU Poetry Center since 1995. Her poetry has appeared in KINESIS, PUDDING MAGAZINE, WHISKEY ISLAND, 5 AM, and the anthology VOICES OF CLEVELAND. Her first collection of poems, MY LIFE AS A NERVE, was published by Pudding House. She leads a freewheeling, first Friday of the month forum -- open to all -- where poets gather to read their work and listen to constructive criticism.

George Bilgere is a superstar in northeast Ohio poetry circles. He has received grants in poetry from the National Endowment for the Arts and from the Ohio Arts Council and has been twice nominated for a Pushcart Prize. George’s poetry has appeared in such journals as Poetry, Ploughshares, The Iowa Review, The Sewanee Review, The Kenyon Review, Shenandoah, Chicago Review, New England Review, and Prairie Schooner; and has published three books of poetry, The Going (University of Missouri Press, 1995) and Big Bang (Copper Beech Press, 1999). The Going received the Devins Award, honoring an outstanding first book of poetry.

A terrific reader, he has even read at the Library of Congress. You can hear Professor Bilgere every Wednesday at 12:30pm on WJCU for his radio show "Wordplay." George teaches at John Carroll University.

And as usual, we will have paper and pens for the penpad padpen spontaneous poetry free for all to spark some creativity in our beer soaked brains.

Also this weekend is the Tremont Arts and Cultural Festival with TWiFi as a sponsor. Sounds great, huh? Except I went and shot my mouth off by promising to have Lincoln Park be Cleveland's FIRST community wireless mesh network for the festival. We are getting close the making it, but the festival is looming. At the very least, there will be some wifi leaking out from some of our hotspots (civilization, st. augustine's, merrick house) We shall see if we get them meshed up in time.

Come by the TWiFi booth, say hi, leave a few bucks in the tip jar, go over to Prosperity Social club for a drink (pay cash and TWiFi gets a cut), and enjoy the art and culture. (There's even poetry at 11:45, 1:05, and 1:55)


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Comment from: milesB [Visitor]
milesBMmm... beer...
09/14/06 @ 06:12