Columbus poet Charlene Fix and writer E'chieko Tamu will read at Mac's on Wednesday, November 8th at 7 pm followed by an open mic
Charlene Fix is an Emeritus Professor of English at Columbus College of Art and Design, a wife, mother, grandmother, poet, writer, and activist for social justice. Her poetry collection Jewgirl, short-listed for the Sexton Prize, was just published. She is the author of Taking a Walk in My Animal Hat, poems inspired by four-legged and winged beings (Bottom Dog Press 2018). Frankenstein’s Flowers, inspired by myths, books, and films (CW Books 2014); Flowering Bruno: A Dography, poems inspired by ten years of walking a beloved dog, with illustrations by Susan Josephson, (XOXOX Press 2006) and finalist for the 2007 Ohioana Book Award in Poetry; Charlene Fix: Greatest Hits (chapbook, Kattywompus Press 2012), and Mischief (chapbook, Pudding House Press 2003).
"These are masterful poems from a poet knowing and wise to our capacity for brutality and compassion, poems of great empathy, understanding that we are all survivors and that “the heart’s proclivity” is “to experience the agonies of others as our own,” which is not only a Jewish, but a universal commandment. Not without a bissell schtick, Fix is intensely observant." ~ Philip Terman
Echieko Tamu is a queer disabled poc artist and writer who believes writing and storytelling is about our relationships with each other and healing generational trauma. How do we tell a story when we can’t find the words and our language is limited? Their writing looks for these limits and writes to transcend them bringing healing to the past and the present within the collective. They look for the stories when others can’t find the words and writes them down for the voiceless. E'shieko is a published writer and freelance journalist. They are huge fans of writing psychological horror and flash fiction . Their poems along with the stories come from their deep loves and fears and tears the mask off to show what is hidden in all its darkness and glory. You can usually find them most days in their art room telling stories through many different mediums.