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Poetry troupe Concrete Wink will read at Mac's on Saturday, November 16 at 7 p.m.

In 2017, long-time friends Sandy Feen, Rikki Santer, and Chuck Salmons formed a poetry troupe as a way of fulfilling a dream of touring the U.S. and giving poetry readings, much like a rock band. Since then, they have gigged throughout Ohio and Indiana as Concrete Wink and are eager for more.

"Highly recommended. Powerhouse poetry troupe. Three of Ohio's most thoughtful and engaging writers. Book 'em, Danno!" - John Burroughs, founding editor of Crisis Chronicles Press and author of The Eater of the Absurd and Beat Attitude

Sandra Feen currently works as a poetry editor, and has been a featured reader in venues in and out of Ohio, for over 30 years. In addition, she performs work by Holocaust writers in the Anahata Music Project. Her publications include Cap City Poets: Columbus and Central Ohio's Best Known, Read, and Requested Poets, Pudding Magazine, Pudding House Gang, The Ides of March, Poetry Motel, Everything Stops and Listens, and Elastic Ekphrastic. A collection of her poems was recently named finalist for The Lascaux Review’s 2018 Lascaux Poetry Prize. Her new chapbook, Fragile Capacities: School Poems highlights her 32-year teaching career in an urban school system, and will be published by Night Ballet Press, in November.

Chuck Salmons is currently President of the Ohio Poetry Association. His poems have appeared in several journals and anthologies, including Pudding Magazine, Evening Street Review, Olentangy Review, Common Threads, The Fib Review, Red Thread Gold Thread, Everything Stops and Listens, and Appleseeds. He won the 2011 William Redding Memorial Poetry Contest, sponsored by The Poetry Forum of Columbus, and regularly gives readings throughout Ohio. His chapbook, Stargazer Suite, was released in December 2016 and is available from 11th Hour Press. His second chapbook, Patch Job, was published by NightBallet Press in 2017. He is a recipient of a 2018 Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence Award for his poetry.

Rikki Santer has worked as a journalist, a magazine and book editor, co-founder and managing editor of an alternative city newspaper in Cleveland, and a poet-in-the schools. She earned a M.A. degree in journalism from Kent State University and a M.F.A. degree in creative writing from The Ohio State University. Her work has won honors from The Poetry Forum (the William Redding Memorial Contest), Black Lawrence Press (the St. Lawrence Book Award Competition), the Ohio Poetry Association, the Best of Ohio Writer Contest sponsored by the Poets’ & Writers’ League of Greater Cleveland, two Pushcart and Ohioana Book Award nominations, and a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Two of her published poetry collections have explored place: Front Nine (the Hopewell earthworks of Newark, Ohio) and Kahiki Redux (the late Kahiki Supper Club of Columbus, Ohio). Clothesline Logic was published by Pudding House as finalist in their national chapbook competition, and Fishing for Rabbits was published by Kattywompus Press. Her fifth collection, Make Me That Happy, was recently nominated for an Ohioana Book Award. Her latest collection is Dodge, Tuck, Roll.​ She is currently the director of a writing center in a Columbus-area high school. Learn more about Rikki at:

Event date: 
Saturday, November 16, 2019 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm
Event address: 
1820 Coventry Rd.
Cleveland Heights, OH 44118