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Check out this amazing group of poet who will be reading at Mac's on Thursday, June 15th at 6:30 p.m: 

Damian Rucci is a writer, poet, and performer from New Jersey. His work has recently appeared in Rusty Truck, Beatdom, Eunoia, and basements, bars, and coffee shops around the country. He is the author of Former Lives of Saints, Tweet and Other Poems, and Symphony of Crows. Damian is the host of Poetry in the Port reading series. 

Dianne Borsenik is active in the northern Ohio poetry scene and regional reading circuit.  Her poems have appeared in The Offbeat, Pittsburgh Poetry Review, Slipstream, Rosebud, and many others; new work is forthcoming in Chiron Review.  Her full-length collection Age of Aquarius was published by Crisis Chronicles Press in 2016.  Lit Youngstown put her poem “Disco” on its tee shirts, which makes her feel like a rock star. Find her on Facebook and at

John Burroughs of Parma writes poems, walks his dog, runs Crisis Chronicles Press and has been known to perform as Jesus Crisis. His chapbook Water Works was recently reissued by the Poet’s Haven. Find him at

Benjamin Brindise is an American writer of fiction and poetry as well as a Teaching Artist at the Just Buffalo Literary Center, curator of the Creative Mornings/Buffalo Monthly Book List, and author of Rotten Kid (Ghost City Press, March 2017). He is an award-winning spoken-word poet who qualified to compete in the 2015 and 2016 National Poetry Slam helping Buffalo to qualify for semi-finals in 2016. He has been a guest speaker and workshop facilitator at multiple institutes for higher learning throughout New York State and Canada, giving talks such as Transparency: On Being Understood (Creative Mornings, Oct 2016), among others. Benjamin has most recently published poetry in The Magnitizdat Literary, Page & Spine, Foundlings, and Ghost City Review. You can catch Ben on the weekends spitting late 90's and early 00's hip-hop lyrics with his band Surviving Friday.
Jason Baldinger is a poet hailing from the Appalachian hamlet of Pittsburgh. He’s the author of several books the most recent of which, the chaplet, Fumbles Revelations (Grackle and Crow) is available now, and the collection Fragments of a Rainy Season (Six Gallery Press) which is coming in September. Recent publications include the Low Ghost Anthology Unconditional Surrender, Uppagus, Lilliput Review, Rusty Truck, Dirtbag Review, In Between Hangovers, Your One Phone Call, Winedrunk Sidewalk, Anti-Heroin Chic, Nerve Cowboy, Concrete Meat and Heartland! Poetry of Love, Solidarity and Resistance. You can hear Jason read some poems at

RA Washington is a writer/ musician/ composer and community worker in Cleveland's Historic Detroit Shoreway neighborhood. Washington is the author of 26 books, most recently the novel, CITI and is the co founder/ owner of Guide To Kulchur: Text, Art & News; a cooperative print shop and bookstore.

Mistral Khan-Becerra is a poet and fiction writer. Born and raised in Buffalo, NY by her Chilean family, she loves the city and finds nostalgia around its every corner. In her work Mistral frequently draws on the complex relationship between Mother and Daughter. She attempts to bridge the gap between what is expected of or from this relationship, and how stark (or truly inspired) its reality can be. She also fiddles around with how this dynamic presents itself in romantic relationships. Mistral is a cofounder of Cringe Worthy Poets Collective, and Editor in Chief of CWP Collective Press. Born a strict Taurus, she is stubborn in her form, but rages on. 

Nathanael William Stolte is the author of five chapbooks, A Beggars Book of Poems, Bumblebee Petting Zoo, Fools’ Song, Origami Creature, & A Beggar’s Prayer Book. His poems have appeared in Ghost City Review, Guide to Kulture Creative Journal, Five-to-One Magazine #thesideshow, Rusty Truck, Poems-For-All, Your One Phone Call, In Between Hangovers, Le Mot Juste, The Rising Phoenix Review, The Buffalo News & Plurality Press. He is the Acquisitions Editor for CWPCollective Press. He was voted best poet in Buffalo by Artvoices’ “Best of Buffalo” in 2016. He is a madcap, flower-punk, D.I.Y. Buffalo bred & corn-fed poet.  

Julio Montalvo Valentin is the author of two chapbooks, Don’t Give up the Ship & Ship Lost. He is an editor and founder of CWP Collective Press. He is a Blogger for Plurality Press. Julio is also an editor for Mutata Re, Erie Community Colleges literary journal. He has been a featured reader from New Jersey to New Mexico and many a town in between. Julio has two forthcoming chapbooks in 2017. His poems have appeared in various journals and magazines. Julio is a reluctant heart.   

Jennifer Skelton is a poet from Buffalo, NY.  She holds a Bachelor’s degree in English from SUNY Buffalo State. Her first chapbook Gin came out this year. The themes in her poetry include the comedies and tragedies of personal relationships- from Mother to Lover, from American to Japan and back again. She has been a featured reader at Innisfree Poetry, Buffalo State College’s Rooftop Poetry Series, Queen City Gallery, and Words on the Rocks. She is the social media handling, copyediting vital force behind CWP Collective Press. In her free time, you can find Jennifer hugging furry critters, trees, and the occasional person.


Event date: 
Thursday, June 15, 2017 - 6:30pm to 8:30pm
Event address: 
1820 Coventry Rd.
Cleveland Heights, OH 44118