Fri. 7/28/17, 6:30-9pm Eastman Reading Garden at CPL Main Branch, Rockwell Ave, Cleve. OH 44114
Join Literary Cleveland for an open mic night at Eastman Reading Garden! From 6:30-7:30 pm, mix and mingle while enjoying food and drink. At 7:30 pm, perform your piece or simply sit back and enjoy an evening of entertainment as open mic participants take the stage. All are welcome to attend and participate.
Part of our week-long Cleveland Inkubator literary arts festival. Featured readers include Ali McClain, Brandon North and Kevin Latimer.
About the featured readers: Kevin Latimer is a playwright and poet from Cleveland, Ohio. He is a fourth year student at Cleveland State University. His influences include Sarah Kane, Edward Albee, and Zoboomafoo, the lemur from the similarly-named, wildly popular children's show, Zoboomafoo.
Ali McClain has been writing and performing poetry for over 10 years. She has a B.A. in English and a M.A. in English, language and literature from The University of Toledo. Her educational and youth work includes teaching composition and African American literature at Chancellor University, volunteering at detention centers in both Toledo and Cleveland, teaching spoken word poetry at Playhouse Square, serving as a guest artist and judge for Cleveland Heights Library’s poetry slam, and working with various organizations (The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum) on how to use poetry and the arts in the classroom and after school programs. She is currently studying poetry as a graduate student at Cleveland State University’s NEOMFA program and directs a successful after school and summer program for girls (Sisterhood) at West Side Community House. Ali is also the co-founder of acerbic, which is an arts collective dedicated to creating an environment and culture that develops and enriches the lives of artists of color through arts education, mentorship, and cultural/social exchange and awareness. She is the recipient of the 2016 Academy of American Poets University & College Poetry Prize for her poem “Kinsman” and her work is published in A Race Anthology: Dispatches and Artifacts from a Segregated City.
Brandon North is a poetry candidate in the NEOMFA program, through which he works for the Cleveland State University Poetry Center. Recent work may be found in Quarterly West, decomp, and the Unlost Journal. He recently received a full scholarship to attend the Juniper Summer Writing Institute, and his play, In Appalachia, Apertures will be part of the 2018 Play Lab offered through Cleveland's Playwrights Local organization.