Judith Mansour & Friends at Beaumont School

Saturday, November 5, 2022 - 6:30pm to 8:30pm

Judith Mansour will launch Kan Zaman (Crisis Chronicles) a debut book of poetry and prose on Saturday, November 5th at 6:30 pm at Beaumont School, 3301 N. Park Blvd. in Cleveland Heights. The evening will include a reception and guest readings by Gillian Johns, Charlotte Morgan and William Breeze.

Mansour, a native of Youngstown, Ohio, walks the minefield of grief and nostalgia in her first full-length collection of prose and poetry. Soot-covered porches from the once booming steel industry of the Mahoning Valley are the backdrop for visceral, playful, and devastating memories. 

"Judith Mansour's Kan Zaman is an irresistible evocation of the Lebanese household she grew up in. This magical book is both a love poem to her family and an invitation for all of us to revisit our childhood, that paradise to which we can only return through memory. Mansour’s writing, by turns both sensual and hauntingly lyrical, is as welcoming as a warm kitchen on a winter night." George Bilgere, author of Central Air

Gillian Johns earned her PhD in English, with a focus on African American and American literature, from Temple University in Philadelphia in 2000.  Dr. Johns has been teaching courses in these fields, as well as linguistics, at Oberlin College for over 20 years.  She has also published academic articles on such authors as Zora Neale Hurston, Richard Wright, and Ralph Ellison, and she is currently at work on a hybrid work of memoir/cultural study centered on the perspective while  walking an urban neighborhood.  

Charlotte Morgan earned her Master’s in Creative Writing from Cleveland State University. She is a long-time journalist and non-fiction writer who teaches non-fiction and community journalism classes around town. Her interests include socio-musicology; architecture; film and television rhetoric; and reading. Her recent writing centers around place. She currently resides in the historic Glenville neighborhood. 

William Breeze holds a PhD in Rhetoric and Composi with his wife, son, dog, and two cats. tion from Ohio University. His interests include classical rhetorical studies, writing pedagogy, Appalachian history, cultural and political studies, music, gardening, brewing, and knitting. His most recent writing, which examines the intersection of the personal, the political, and the cultural can be read at williambreeze.com. He currently resides in Cleveland Heights


Event address: 
3301 N. Park Blvd
Cleveland Heights, OH 44118