Thursday, June 23, 2022 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm

The CH-UH Public Library and Mac's Backs are hosting a summer poetry reading series in Peace Park in front of the Coventry branch library. Poets bios and dates are below.

Thursday, June 23rd at 7 p.m.

Elsa Johnson is a local poet, landscape designer, environmental advocate and long-time volunteer at Forest Hills Park. Her book The Wind Speaks, won 2020 The Hopper Award for eco-poetry and is forthcoming from Green Writer's Press.

Terry Murcko writes poetry and songs in Youngstown, Ohio, and has been at it for more than fifty years. Participation in the Kent and Youngstown poetry communities has been, and continues to be, essential to that life. He and Linda helped raise five children and enjoy their seven grandchildren (though they are ponderous time accelerators). Terry writes and rides a bicycle because both help him to pay attention.

RC Wilson lives in Kent, Ohio, with his wife, Camille, and cat, Henry.  There is another cat vying for admission to the household but admitting strays is a slippery slope.  RC writes poems, songs, and stories.  He manages the calendar for a group that reads publicly, once a month, at Last Exit Bookstore in Kent.

Thursday, July 21st at 7 p.m

J. David Ockunzie is a Ukrainian-American writer living in Cleveland, Ohio, where they are a geneticist in a lab studying diabetes and rare pediatric endocrine disorders. In their spare time they serve as Chief Poetry Critic for the Cleveland Review of Books and edit for Flypaper. Their debut chapbook Hibernation Highway was released in 2020 by Madhouse Press. Individual pieces by J. can be found in The Harvard Review, Colorado Review, 68 to 05, Salt Hill, Muzzle, Passages North, and elsewhere.

Kathy Smith is an artist, illustrator, web designer, beekeeper and poet. She was the editor of City Poetry (poetry and art zine) and been published by Green Panda Press, Agent of Chaos and numerous other in-print and online publications.

Before Steve Thomas became a retired pro bowler he worked his way through college as a color blind printer. Steve's been writing since high school while working through four careers and parenting two children. His collection The Strength of Flowers was published by Crisis Chronicles Press

Thursday, August 18th at 7 p.m

Stephanie Ginese is a writer & wannabe comedian from South Lorain, Ohio. She is the daughter of a Puerto Rican mother & an Italian immigrant father. She currently lives in Cleveland with her two children. Unto Dogs (publishing on July 23rd) is her debut book of poetry. 

Frank Thomas Rosen grew up in East Germany during the Cold War. He was politically active in underground student organizations throughout the revolution in 1989. He witnessed the fall of the Berlin Wall on November 9, 1989. Rosen moved to the United States in 1997 and started teaching ESL and English at colleges and universities in Ohio. In 2010, Rosen changed careers and became an emergency-room nurse. He currently works as a family nurse practitioner. Rosen has been writing poetry since adolescence. His latest collection of poetry - auschwitz of the digital age and other poems (new cognitive poetry) - was published by Cherry Castle Publishing in 2019. Rosen's work has appeared in literary journals and anthologies. In his writing, Rosen addresses recurring themes of social injustice and cross-cultural struggle.

Michelle R. Smith is a Cleveland native, Case Western Reserve University graduate, and poet that has authored two full collections: Ariel in Black and The Vagina Analogues. She is the programming associate at Literary Cleveland and a teaching artist for Lake Erie Ink. A highly sought-after workshop facilitator and community leader, Michelle founded the BLAX MUSEUM, an annual performance showcase dedicated to honoring notable black figures in American history and culture.


Event address: 
1925 Coventry Rd.
Cleveland Heights, OH
The Wind Speaks: Poems By Elsa Johnson Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781950584956
Published: Green Writers Press - September 13th, 2022