A LIT Summer Night (SOLD OUT!)
Fri. June 1st, 6-10 pm at the Bop Stop, 2920 Detroit Ave.
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Emceed by WCPN host Amy Eddings
With celebrity writers-for-hire Mary Weems, Ray McNiece, and Susan Petrone
Lit Jam featuring Kisha Nicole Foster, EF Schraeder, and Michael Garriga backed by jazz trio
Dr. Mary E. Weems is an accomplished author, poet, playwright, and social/cultural foundations scholar. Her work is inspired by the human condition and by what is happening to Black people in America around issues of race, gender, and class. To date, Weems has authored or edited thirteen books and her plays and/or excerpts have been published or produced for nearly two decades. Career highlights include receiving a Wick Chapbook award, being nominated for a Pushcart prize and two Ohioana Book award nominations (2008, 2012) and a Chilcote Award.
Ray McNiece is the author of eight books of poems and dramatic monologues. He is also the current Haiku champ of Cleveland. The Orlando Sentinel reporting on Ray’s solo show at the Fringe Festival called him “a modern day descendant of Woody Guthrie. He has a way with words and a wry sense of humor.” He toured Russia with Yevgeny Yevtushenko and Italy twice with legendary Beat poet Lawrence Ferlinghetti. He has performed at Cleveland Playhouse, Dobama Theatre, Ensemble, and the Cleveland Public Theatre where he premiered his newest solo theater work, The Lives of A Poet, in 2015.
Susan Petrone’s short fiction has been published by Glimmer Train, Featherproof Books, Muse, Conclave, and Whiskey Island. She is the author of the novels The Super Ladies (2018), Throw Like a Woman (2015) and A Body at Rest (2009), which won a bronze medal for regional fiction from the Independent Publishers Book Awards (IPPY). On the non-fiction side, Susan’s work has appeared on CoolCleveland.com and ESPN.com, and she co-owns the Cleveland Indians blog, ItsPronouncedLajaway.com, for ESPN.com’s SweetSpot network. She is also one of the co-founders and board member of Literary Cleveland. Susan holds a master’s degree from Cleveland State University and lives with one husband, one daughter, and far too many dogs in a little house near some medium-sized woods.
A Cleveland Arts Prize nominee, Kisha Nicole Foster is a poet, educator, coach, and mentor from Cleveland, Ohio. She has represented Cleveland several times nationally, competing at National Poetry Slam 2003, Individual World Poetry Slam 2008, and Women of the World 2009. The Poets and Writers League of Greater Cleveland awarded Kisha one of the Top 25 Writers of Greater Cleveland in 2006. After self-publishing three works and producing a one woman-play, Kisha was approached by Guide to Kulchur Press, in 2015, to publish her first full length collection of poems, titled “Poems: 1999-2014. KNF offers poems that resonate in the soul of audiences who have witnessed her “raw energetic verse”. KNF works with talented youth at Twelve Performing and Literary Arts, helping them find their voice and arrive at their place of completion.
E. F. Schraeder is the author of two poetry chapbooks, most recently Chapter Eleven from Partisan Press. Schraeder's creative work has also appeared in Lavender Review, The Literary Hatchet, Dark Moon Digest, Mummy Knows Best, and other journals and anthologies. A rustbelt native, Schraeder holds a Ph.D. emphasizing applied ethics, facilitates writing workshops at a public library, and serves as contributing editor to an animal advocacy webcomic & blog (CLAWtheory).
Michael Garriga comes from a long line of Creole outlaws and storytellers. He has worked as a shrimp picker, a bartender, and a soundman in a blues bar. The Book of Duels is his first collection of fiction, but his work has appeared extensively in journals and magazines including Esquire, Huffington Post, New Letters, Black Warrior Review, and the Southern Review. He currently teaches writing at Baldwin Wallace University in Ohio.
Cleveland's hottest party for writers and readers! Mix and mingle with other book lovers, help support Lit Cleveland's mission of creating and nurturing a more vibrant literary arts community in Northeast Ohio, and enjoy great performances by local authors and musicians.
A LIT Summer Night was made possible through generous support from OverDrive and Council Gardens.
Contributions are tax-deductible and go towards supporting Lit Cleveland’s educational programs, including Cleveland Inkubator, Northeast Ohio's largest free annual festival for writers and readers (Tues. 7/30-Sat. 8/4/18).