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POETRY/Jeannete Powers, Ricki Santer, Michelle Smith

Poets Jeanette Powers, Rikki Santer and Michelle R. Smith, will read at Mac's Backs on Wednesday September 11 at 7 pm. Hosted by John Burroughs, open mic to follow.

Michelle R. Smith is a black femme feminist poet, educator, and cultural facilitator born and raised in Cleveland, OH. She has been published in poemmemoirstory, Meridians, The Normal School, and Gasconade Review. Her first full collection of poetry, Ariel in Black, was released in December 2015. She has been a featured poet and performer at The Cleveland Museum of Art, Lakewood Public Library, Persisters, Mental Illness & Friends, NeoSoul Poetry at Larchmere Arts, and Cleveland Story Club East. She is the originator, co-producer, and director of THE BLAX MUSEUM, an artistic showcase open to all forms and dedicated to honoring notable black figures in American history and culture. Her future creative plans include publishing a second poetry collection in the fall of 2019 on Outlandish Press that is tentatively titled Jazz Wives. Find more at

Rikki Santer’s poetry has appeared in numerous publications both nationally and internationally including Ms. Magazine, Poetry East, Margie, The Journal of American Poetry, Hotel Amerika, Crab Orchard Review, Grimm, Slipstream and The Main Street Rag. Her work has received many honors including four Pushcart and three Ohioana book award nominations as well as a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Her seventh collection, In Pearl Broth, was published this spring by Stubborn Mule Press. She lives in Columbus, Ohio. Please contact her through her website:

Jeanette Powers is a writer-artist, working-class anarchist, and listener of rivers and bats. They mess around, mostly, and are known to skygaze day and night. Powers is a founding editor of Stubborn Mule Press and an organizer for FountainVerse: KC Small Press Poetry Fest. They are the singular subversive voice of Spartan Press’ developmental editing and also the singular member of their pretend band "Little Bunny Fu Fu". What else? Their gender identity is currently holy person and their dog, Ollymas, died this year which still hurts brutally. JP will be attending a month long residency in Iceland in January of 2020. Find more at @dada_ahha and

John Burroughs of Cleveland is the 2019-2021 Beat Poet Laureate for the state of Ohio. He is a dynamic performer who has wowed audiences from Oakland to New York City and myriad points in between. His more than a dozen books include Rattle and Numb: Selected Poems, 1992-2019 (2019, Venetian Spider Press) and Loss and Foundering (2018, NightBallet Press). He hosts the monthly Poetry+ reading series at Art on Madison in Lakewood, Ohio, and has served since 2008 as the founding editor for Crisis Chronicles Press.

Event date: 
Wednesday, September 11, 2019 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Event address: 
1820 Coventry Rd.
Cleveland Heights, OH 44118