Sunday, March 13, 2011

Ides of March and Beyond!

Upcoming Poetry Events You Do Not Want To Miss!

Wednesday March 16, 2011 @ 7:00pm
Bela Dubby Art Gallery & Beer Cafe
13321 Madison Avenue
Lakewood, OH

Three fabulous featured poets for the evening are Scott Woods (of Columbus, OH), Mark Hersman (of Mansfield, OH) and Heather Ann Schmidt (of Waterford, MI). An open mic emceed by Dianne Borsenik and John Burroughs will follow the features.

Friday, March 18 and 25, 2011 
@ 6:30 pm 
Poetry Scene  at 
137 East 13th St.
Erie, PA, 16503
Open Mic. Everyone is invited to sit and listen, read your own or someone else's poetry. Relax in front of the warm fire and enjoy coffee, tea or a soft drink and a tasty pastry.

 @ 9:00pm
Poetry Scene Prime Time
International Fellowship of Poets and Spoken Word Artists PA Local 1136
Open Mic. Everyone is invited
Erie, PA

Saturday, March 19, 2011 from 11:30 am - 4:00 pm
Bexley Public Library
2411 E. Main Street
Bexley, Columbus, OH
George Bilgere - his most recent book of poetry is The White  Museum, selected in 2010 for the Autumn House Poetry Series.  His other books include Haywire (winner of the May Swenson Poetry Award in 2006) and The Good Kiss (chosen by U.S. Poet Laureate Billy Collins to win the University of Akron Poetry Prize in 2001). “In the house of contemporary poetry,” said Collins, “The Good Kiss is a breath of fresh American air.” Bilgere has received grants and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Fulbright Foundation, the Society of Midland Authors, the Ohio Arts Council, the Ohioana Poetry Foundation, and the Witter Bynner Foundation. He has given readings at the Library of Congress, the 92nd St.Y in New York, the Bread Loaf Writer’s Conference, and at schools and libraries around the country. His work has appeared in numerous journals and anthologies, including Best American Poetry, The Kenyon Review, Poetry, and The Southern Review. Bilgere’s poems are often featured on
Garrison Keillor’s National Public Radio program, The Writer’s Almanac.  He was the 2003 recipient of the Cleveland Arts Prize in Literature, the 2006 winner of the Ohioana Poetry Award, and in 2009 he won a Pushcart Prize. George Bilgere lives in Cleveland and teaches at John Carroll University

Wednesday March 23, 2011 @ 7:30pm
Enhanced Poetry at Bobby's Place
18th & Cranberry, Erie
$2 cover
Enhanced Poetry -Chuck Joy and Kurt Sahlmann 

March 24, 2011
Penn State Erie, The Behrend College | 4701 College Drive, Erie, PA 16563
The Creative Writer's Speaker Series Spring 2011
Penn State Behrend Reads - Listen to the faculty of the Creative Writing program read their work. You’ll enjoy every minute of these fine writers and educators.

Friday March 25@ 8:00 pm
in the Walker Recital Hall on the campus of Mercyhust College.
Join poetry and music lovers for an evening of poetry and song at Mercyhurst, featuring the work of Beth Gylys, award-winning poet from Georgia State.  Her collection, Matchbook, is a sonnet-sequence of personal ads and have been set to music by Guggeheim fellow Dan Welcher of the University of Texas.  Louisa Jonason, chair of the Music department at Mercyhurst, will direct a performance of Matchbook by vocal artists. The event is part of the Erie County Poet Laureate program for 2010-2011, organized by Dr. Thomas Forsthoefel, chair of Mercyhurst’s Religious Studies Department and the current Erie County poet laureate. For details, contact Forsthoefel at 824-2353.  See you then!

Saturday, March 26, 2011 @ 8:00pm
Invited Artists Series at the International Fellowship of Poets and Spoken Word Artists PA Local 1136
Erie, PA

Sunday, March 27@ 8:00 pm
in the Walker Recital Hall on the campus of Mercyhurst College.      
In collaboration with the Mercyhurst Literary Festival, the poet laureate program, led by Tom Forsthoefel, 2010-2011 Poet Laureate of Erie County, will bring in David Whyte, a poet whose spiritual sensitivities have made him an internationally sought after speaker.The author of six books of poetry and three books of prose, David Whyte has traveled extensively, including living and working as a naturalist guide in the Galapagos Islands and leading expeditions in the Andes, the Amazon and the Himalaya.  His life as a poet has created audiences in three areas: the literary world of poetry readings, the psychological and theological worlds of philosophical enquiry and the world of vocation, work and organizational leadership.  Join us for a delightful evening with David Whyte. 

Tuesday, March 29, 2011
Tuesday, March 29 7:30 p.m.
Bexley Public Library, 2411 East Main Street, Bexley, Ohio 43209

Fred Andrle
Mimi Brodsky Chenfeld
Charlene Fix
Steve Abbott
Rose M. Smith

Thursday, March 31 @ 6:00 p.m.
K.A. Hays
in the Larry and Kathryn Smith Chapel.
(reception: 5:30 p.m. in the living room of the Smith Chapel)
Penn State Erie, The Behrend College | 4701 College Drive, Erie, PA 16563
K.A. Hays’ first book is Dear Apocalypse. Her poems have appeared in such journals as Antioch Review, The Iowa Review, The Southern Review, The Missouri Review, Black Warrior Review, Cincinnati Review, The Literary Review, Mid-American Review, Prairie Schooner, and Southern Poetry Review, as well as in The Best American Poetry 2009 and Best New Poets 2007. Also a fiction writer and verse translator, she currently holds the Emerging Writer Fellowship at Bucknell University

Coming in April:

Cornelius Eady@ Gannon University