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Buffalo poet Nathanael Stolte has put together an awesome group of poets to read at Mac's on Friday, September 23rd at 6:30 p.m..

In addition, Paul Hertneky will be here to read from Rust Belt Boy: Stories from an American Childhood. Bios and descriptions below.


Paul Hertneky has written stories, essays, and scripts for the  Boston Globe, Athens News, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette​New Hampshire Union Leader, NBC News, The Comedy Channel, Gourmet, Eating Well, Traveler’s Tales, The Exquisite Corpse, National Public Radio, Public Radio International, Adbusters and many more.

"Just as Thomas Bell's Out of This Furnace is the classic story of the growth of industrial Pittsburgh and western Pennsylvania, Paul Hertneky's RUST BELT BOY is the story of what happened  as the mills shut down. A complelling personal account, it emphasizes the strong affection that many of us have for this place and its heritage." -- Ed Ochester, author of Sugar Run and editor of the Pitt Poetry Series


Mistral Khan-Becerra is the first person in her Chilean family born in the United States. She is also a member of Just Poets of Rochester. Her writing focuses on the discrepancy between perceived intimacy, and actual intimacy present within familial and romantic relationships. Her first chapbook Could I Stay Here? was published in February. Mistral is a co-founder of CWPCollective Press and co-founder of Cringe-Worthy Poets Collective.

Nathanael William Stolte is the author of three full length chapbooks, A Beggars Book of Poems, Bumblebee Petting Zoo, & Fools’ Song. He is the author of three mini chapbooks, 9 by N.W.S., 8 by N.W.S., & 7 by N.W.S. His poems have appeared in Ghost City Review, Guide to Kulchur Creative Journal, & Plurality Press. He is a co-founder of CWPCollective Press. He is also co-founder of Cringe-Worthy Poets Collective, a small band of young poets attempting to make literary poetry more approachable for the youths. He was voted best poet in Buffalo by Artvoice, “Best of Buffalo” in 2016. Nathanael co-hosts Ground & Sky Buffalo Poetry Series. He is a madcap, D.I.Y. Buffalo bred & corn-fed poet. 

Julio Montalvo Valentin co-hosts Ground and Sky Buffalo Poetry Series and is a member of Just Poets of Rochester. He published his first Chapbook Don’t Give up the Ship in 2015 and Ship Lost this year. He describes his works as semi-confessional and writes socially awkward poems. He is a co-founder of CWPCollective Press and a co-founder of Cringe-Worthy Poets Collective


Cassandra Adams is a poet, native to the hometown of Kent, Ohio. Her poems are inspired by the landscapes of the west, world-wide travels and the people she has met along this inspired journey. She studies tango dancing, yoga and watches lotus flowers bloom near mountaintops

Dianne Borsenik is active in the northern Ohio poetry scene and regional reading circuit.  Her work has appeared, or is forthcoming in Great Lakes Review, Pittsburgh Poetry Review, Rosebud, The Offbeat, Till Literary Magazine, and Guide to Kulchur Creative Journal. In 2011, she founded NightBallet Press and has since published over 90 titles for poets across the U.S. In 2015 her poem “Disco” was selected to appear on Lit Youngstown tee shirts, which makes her feel like a rock star.  She frequently travels and performs her poetry with best friend John Burroughs.  Borsenik lives in Elyria with her husband James and dog-sons Bodhi and Angelo. 

Joe Bocchicchio is a native New Yorker who has spent many years in Cleveland and currently lives in Kent, Ohio with his wife Vicki. He is published in JawboneUpstreetCutthroat, and Panning for Poems. Joe reads most often at Last Exit Books in Kent, Ohio and has read at Root Café in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio. He has facilitated poetry workshops to help marginalized women develop creative writing skills in collaboration with Nikki Robinson from Kent State University’s Wick Poetry Center. Joe works in crisis intervention and suicide prevention in a community mental health center and is an advocate for people struggling with mental illness as well as drug and alcohol issues. 

John Burroughs is a Cleveland based poet and playwright whose recent chapbooks include Beat Attitude, It Takes More Than Chance to Make Change, & The Eater of the Absurd. He co-founded the annual Snoetry: A Winter Wordfest & Since 2008 has served as the founding editor of Crisis Chronicles Press.

Event date: 
Friday, September 23, 2016 - 6:30pm to 8:30pm
Event address: 
1820 Coventry Rd.
Cleveland Heights, OH 44118