Open Air Poets at the Coventry Library

Thursday, June 20, 2024 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm

Mac's Backs and the Coventry Library will host poets Katie Daley, David Hassler, and Theo Mesnick on Thursday, June 20th at 7 pm. The reading will be outside the Coventry Library (1925 Coventry Rd.) on the lawn just beyond the Peace Arch.

Katie Daley has performed her monologues and word music across North America on riverbanks, streetcorners, nightclub stages and radio broadcasts. She has received three Individual Creativity Excellence Awards from the Ohio Arts Council as well as a fellowship at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, MA. She is the author of Any Closer to Home (Finishing Line Press 2023)

David Hassler directs the Wick Poetry Center at Kent State University. He is the author of two books of poems, including Red Kimono, Yellow Barn, for which he was awarded Ohio Poet of the Year 2006. He is co-editor of the book Speak a Powerful Magic: Ten Years of the Traveling Stanzas Poetry Project, published by Kent State University Press. His play, May 4th Voices: Kent State, 1970, based on the Kent State Shootings Oral History Project, was also published by Kent State along with a Teacher’s Resource Book. His poems have appeared in Prairie Schooner, The Sun, DoubleTake/Points of Entry, Indiana Review, and other journals. He speaks widely at state and national conferences on issues of poetry and education.

Theo Mesnick is a Cleveland-based poet and Social Work student. They graduated from Miami University in 2021 with degrees in Creative Writing and History; currently, they attend the Master’s in Social Work program at Case Western Reserve University. Previous magazine publications include Mistake House, The Oakland Arts Review, Hog Creek Hardin, High Noon, and others. They were also the recipient of the Harris S. Abrahams Poetry Prize (via the Academy of American Poets) in 2019. Theo is passionate about using the written word as a tool for healing, catharsis, and empowerment in their Social Work practice. 



Event address: 
1925 Coventry Rd.
Cleveland Heights, OH 44118
Any Closer to Home By Katie Daley Cover Image
ISBN: 9798888383827
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Published: Finishing Line Press - October 13th, 2023

Fugitive/Refuge By Philip Metres Cover Image
ISBN: 9781556596698
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Published: Copper Canyon Press - April 9th, 2024