Ray McNiece will be our guest host this month. Christine Howey and Lee Chilcote will be our featured poets. Open mic will follow.
Lee Chilcote is editor of Fresh Water Cleveland and a freelance
journalist whose work has appeared in many publications. He has a
master's in English and Creative Nonfiction from CSU, and his essays and
poems have appeared in Whiskey Island, Paddlefish,
Steamticket, Belt and other publications.
While studying at
CSU, he won the Leonard Trawick Creative Writing Prize for nonfiction
writing. He was also the second place winner in the 2014 Lakeland
Community College poetry writing contest and a finalist in the 2014 Best
Cleveland poem contest. He is a former board member
of the late, great Poets and Writers League of Greater Cleveland and
the Lit, and is interested in building community through writing and
building a community of writers in Northeast Ohio.
taught writing at Cuyahoga Community College, Cleveland State University
and through the Cuyahoga County Public Library. He created and leads a
local author book club called Read Local. He hosts a Facebook page,
Literary Cleveland, to market readings and literary events. Lee was a
finalist in the 2015 Accelerate civic pitch competition, sponsored by
the Cleveland Leadership Center. Together with Amy Rosenbluth of Lake
Erie Ink, he aims to create a literary unconference in downtown
Cleveland this summer. Contact him to get involved.
Christine Howey is a performance poet and her one-person show of poetry, Exact Change, had its world premiere at Cleveland Public Theatre in January,
2014. Also, it is scheduled to have a two-weekend, four-performance run
at Playhouse Square in downtown Cleveland on June 12-13 and June 26-27,
2015. Her chapbook, If You Find Yourself Submerged in a Pond Under Ice,
was published in 2011, as was an art book of her poem Inside, Out. Her
poems have appeared in Pudding Magazine, Star Line and Muse, and in the
anthologies What I Knew Before I Knew, Mercury Retrograde, While You
Were Sleeping I Dreamt a Poem, Open Earth and multiple Hessler Street Fair poetry anthologies.
Christine is the theater critic for
Cleveland Scene, in addition to posting reviews on her blog, Rave and Pan. She has been named Best Critic in Ohio by both the Press Club of
Cleveland and the Society of Professional Journalists. Christine has had
numerous articles published in The Plain Dealer, Northern Ohio Live
magazine, Cleveland Free Times, Newsweek/Daily Beast, NBC News, Dame and
many other publications. She is a former stage actor and director,
primarily at Dobama Theatre in Cleveland Heights.