Neighborhood Voices

Free city-wide writing program June-July, 2020

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Neighborhood Voices is a city-wide writing project inviting Clevelanders from every corner of The Land to pen stories, essays, and poems about their neighborhood for inclusion in an anthology that will become part of the Cleveland Public Library's permanent collection. As part of this program, Literary Cleveland and the Cleveland Public Library will host free virtual writing workshops throughout the city in June and July, allowing residents to connect with neighbors, share stories of their community, and draft new writing about what makes their neighborhood unique. At the end of the summer, resident writing will be collected into an anthology, and all participants will be recognized in a launch party showcasing the vibrant lives and voices in Cleveland neighborhoods.

For this program, we have grouped Cleveland neighborhoods into six regions:

WEST - Westpark, Jefferson, Kamm’s Corners, Bellaire-Puritas
NORTHEAST - Collinwood/Nottingham, Northshore, Bratenahl, Waterloo, Euclid-Green
SOUTHEAST - Union-Mills Park, Corlett, Lee-Miles
EAST - Mt. Pleasant, Woodland Hills, Buckeye-Shaker, Kinsman, Woodhill Homes, Fairfax, Central
NEAR EAST - Glenville, Hough, Goodrich-Kirtland Park, Asiatown, St. Clair-Superior, University Circle
NEAR WEST - Downtown, Ohio City, Tremont, Clark-Fulton, Detroit Shoreway, Edgewater, Cudell,  Stockyards


We encourage Cleveland residents to attend workshops in their neighborhood or the neighborhood with which they have the deepest connection. Workshops are open to all, but writing selected for the anthology will be limited to Cleveland city neighborhoods.

This program is presented with support by the Cleveland Public Library.

Tues. June 16 & 23 —OR— Sat. June 20 & 27

WEST

Westpark, Jefferson, Kamm’s Corners, Bellaire-Puritas

Do you live or have ties to Westpark, Jefferson, Kamm’s Corners, or Bellaire-Puritas? Join us for this free online writing workshop! This workshop will focus on place-based writing that tells the story of your neighborhood. What is challenging about living in your neighborhood? What gives you hope? What have you learned that others might not know about your neighborhood? Workshop participants will complete at least one story, poem, or essay focused on an aspect of your community. Each workshop meets remotely online through Zoom video conferencing for two 90-minute sessions. Residents have the choice of attending a weeknight workshop or a weekend workshop.

Weeknight Workshop

Tues. June 16 and 23, 7-8:30 PM

Weekend Workshop

Sat. June 20 and 27, 9-10:30 AM

REGISTER FOR THE WEST WORKSHOP HERE!

Tues. June 23 & 30 —OR— Sat. June 20 & 27

NORTHEAST

Collinwood/Nottingham, Northshore, Bratenahl, Waterloo, Euclid-Green

Do you live or have ties to Collinwood/Nottingham, Northshore, Bratenahl, Waterloo, Euclid-Green? Join us for this free online writing workshop! This workshop will focus on place-based writing that tells the story of your neighborhood. What is challenging about living in your neighborhood? What gives you hope? What have you learned that others might not know about your neighborhood? Workshop participants will complete at least one story, poem, or essay focused on an aspect of your community. Each workshop meets remotely online through Zoom video conferencing for two 90-minute sessions. Residents have the choice of attending a weeknight workshop or a weekend workshop.

Weeknight Workshop

Tues. June 23 and 30, 7-8:30 PM

Weekend Workshop

Sat. June 20 and 27, 10:30 AM - Noon

REGISTER FOR THE NORTHEAST WORKSHOP HERE!

Wed. July 1 & 8 —OR— Sun. June 28 & July 5

SOUTHEAST

Union-Mills Park, Corlett, Lee-Miles

Do you live or have ties to Union-Mills Park, Corlett, or Lee-Miles? Join us for this free online writing workshop! This workshop will focus on place-based writing that tells the story of your neighborhood. What is challenging about living in your neighborhood? What gives you hope? What have you learned that others might not know about your neighborhood? Workshop participants will complete at least one story, poem, or essay focused on an aspect of your community. Each workshop meets remotely online through Zoom video conferencing for two 90-minute sessions. Residents have the choice of attending a weeknight workshop or a weekend workshop.

Weeknight Workshop

Wed. July 1 and 8, 7-8:30 PM

Weekend Workshop

Sun. June 28 and July 5, 2-3:30 PM

REGISTER FOR THE SOUTHEAST WORKSHOP HERE!

Mon. July 6 & 13 —OR— Sun. July 5 & 12

EAST

Mt. Pleasant, Woodland Hills, Buckeye-Shaker, Kinsman, Woodhill Homes, Fairfax, Central

Do you live or have ties to Mt. Pleasant, Woodland Hills, Buckeye-Shaker, Kinsman, Woodhill Homes, Fairfax, or Central? Join us for this free online writing workshop! This workshop will focus on place-based writing that tells the story of your neighborhood. What is challenging about living in your neighborhood? What gives you hope? What have you learned that others might not know about your neighborhood? Workshop participants will complete at least one story, poem, or essay focused on an aspect of your community. Each workshop meets remotely online through Zoom video conferencing for two 90-minute sessions. Residents have the choice of attending a weeknight workshop or a weekend workshop.

Weeknight Workshop

Mon. July 6 and 13, 7-8:30 PM

Weekend Workshop

Sun. July 5 and 12, 2-3:30 PM

REGISTER FOR THE EAST WORKSHOP HERE!

Tues. July 7 & 14 —OR— Sun. July 12 & 19

NEAR EAST

Glenville, Hough, Goodrich-Kirtland Park, Asiatown, St. Clair-Superior, University Circle

Do you live or have ties to Glenville, Hough, Goodrich-Kirtland Park, Asiatown, St. Clair-Superior, or University Circle? Join us for this free online writing workshop! This workshop will focus on place-based writing that tells the story of your neighborhood. What is challenging about living in your neighborhood? What gives you hope? What have you learned that others might not know about your neighborhood? Workshop participants will complete at least one story, poem, or essay focused on an aspect of your community. Each workshop meets remotely online through Zoom video conferencing for two 90-minute sessions. Residents have the choice of attending a weeknight workshop or a weekend workshop.

Weeknight Workshop

Tues. July 7 and 14, 7-8:30 PM

Weekend Workshop

Sun. July 12 and 19. 2-3:30 PM

REGISTER FOR THE NEAR EAST WORKSHOP HERE!

Tues. July 14 & 21 —OR— Sat. July 18 & 25

NEAR WEST

Downtown, Ohio City, Tremont, Clark-Fulton, Detroit Shoreway, Edgewater, Cudell, Stockyards

Do you live or have ties to Downtown, Ohio City, Tremont, Clark-Fulton, Detroit Shoreway, Edgewater, Cudell, or Stockyards? Join us for this free online writing workshop! This workshop will focus on place-based writing that tells the story of your neighborhood. What is challenging about living in your neighborhood? What gives you hope? What have you learned that others might not know about your neighborhood? Workshop participants will complete at least one story, poem, or essay focused on an aspect of your community. Each workshop meets remotely online through Zoom video conferencing for two 90-minute sessions. Residents have the choice of attending a weeknight workshop or a weekend workshop.

Weeknight Workshop

Tues. July 14 and 21, 7-8:30 PM

Weekend Workshop

Sat. July 18 and 25, 10:30-Noon

REGISTER FOR THE NEAR WEST WORKSHOP HERE!

Neighborhood Voices is a city-wide writing project inviting Clevelanders from every corner of The Land to pen stories, essays, and poems about their neighborhood for inclusion in an anthology that will become part of the Cleveland Public Library's permanent collection. As part of this program, Literary Cleveland and the Cleveland Public Library will host free virtual writing workshops throughout the city in June and July, allowing residents to connect with neighbors, share stories of their community, and draft new writing about what makes their neighborhood unique. At the end of the summer, resident writing will be collected into an anthology, and all participants will be recognized in a launch party showcasing the vibrant lives and voices in Cleveland neighborhoods.

For this program, we have grouped Cleveland neighborhoods into six regions:

WEST - Westpark, Jefferson, Kamm’s Corners, Bellaire-Puritas
NORTHEAST - Collinwood/Nottingham, Northshore, Bratenahl, Waterloo, Euclid-Green
SOUTHEAST - Union-Mills Park, Corlett, Lee-Miles
EAST - Mt. Pleasant, Woodland Hills, Buckeye-Shaker, Kinsman, Woodhill Homes, Fairfax, Central
NEAR EAST - Glenville, Hough, Goodrich-Kirtland Park, Asiatown, St. Clair-Superior, University Circle
NEAR WEST - Downtown, Ohio City, Tremont, Clark-Fulton, Detroit Shoreway, Edgewater, Cudell,  Stockyards


We encourage Cleveland residents to attend workshops in their neighborhood or the neighborhood with which they have the deepest connection. Workshops are open to all, but writing selected for the anthology will be limited to Cleveland city neighborhoods.

This program is presented with support by the Cleveland Public Library.

Our Instructors

Jason Harris

Harris is an educator, writer, and Watering Hole Fellow. He is the 2020-2021 Barbara Smith Writer-in-Residence. His first full-length collection of poems is forthcoming from Twelve Arts Press. Read more of his work at jasonharriswriter.com.

Philip Metres

Philip Metres has written ten books, including Shrapnel Maps (Copper Canyon 2020), Sand Opera, and The Sound of Listening. Awarded the Guggenheim Fellowship, the Lannan Fellowship, three Arab American Book Awards, and two NEAs, he is professor of English and director of the Peace, Justice, and Human Rights program at John Carroll University.

Darlene Montonaro

Darlene Montonaro is the former Executive Director of the Poets and Writers League / The Lit and a writing teacher with over 30 years of experience. Her poetry has appeared in a variety of literary magazines including Calyx, Slipstream, Visions International, Poetry Motel, Abraxas, and The Buddhist Poetry Review. Four of her poems were also anthologized in the book Illness & Grace: Terror & Transformation, published by Wising Up Press.

Vince Robinson

Vince Robinson is a multi-genre artist, having given time to evolving in music, the visual imagery of photography and the magic of words in poem and song. In addition to poetry, Vince has written for several publications beginning with The Spectrum at KSU to Eschelon Magazine and Crusader Arts and Entertainment. He is currently a writer for the East Side Daily News in Cleveland, Ohio and is a contributor to CAN Journal.

D.L. Ware

D.L. Ware is a community based poet, literacy advocate, and literary artist in Southeast Cleveland’s Buckeye, Woodland Hills, and Mt. Pleasant neighborhoods. Since 2010, D.L. Ware has used his love for the literary arts as means to bring communities together. He has a Masters of English with a concentration in poetry from CSU. Husband and father of 3 boys, D.L. finds the act of writing to be healthy and therapeutic and makes time to write daily.

Stephanie Ginese

Stephanie Ginese (she/her) is a first generation Puerto Rican-Italian writer & poet living in Cleveland, OH with her two sons. She is the Director of Special Programs for Twelve Literary Arts. When Stephanie isn’t writing, working, or raising; she can be found summoning wisdom through tarot, co-hosting The Fallen Fruit Podcast, finding any excuse to dance, or plotting ways to dismantle the system.

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