Event Title

An Urban Education in Poetry

Presenter Information

Cleveland State University

Location

Cleveland State University, Michael Schwartz Library

Event Website

http://library.csuohio.edu/

Start Date

9-30-2013 2:00 PM

End Date

9-30-2013 4:00 PM

Cost to Attend

Free

Pre-registration required?

No

Event Type

Opening/Open House, Lecture, Class/Workshop/Demonstration

Description

SLAM: Chapbooks as Bursts of Poetry exhibit opening event.

Travel back in time to the early years of the Cleveland poetry scene and listen to fascinating histories and intriguing anecdotes about the poets, chapbooks, and small presses of the 1950s and 1960s that made a lasting impression on the world of poetry. An eclectic panel of speakers will discuss the evolution of poetry chapbooks, explore their significance to avant garde poets, and explain their continued importance as a means for talented, but not yet discovered, poets to make their works known. The owners of Hydeout Press will offer a brief history of small presses in Cleveland and describe the printing process and book construction. Using examples from the Michael Schwartz Library Collection, the presenters will illustrate how the physical presentation of a poem can enhance the reader’s experience and unite the poetic verse with the visual art that is the book. After the presentation, attendees will discover how these bewitching little books are hand constructed and will have the opportunity to make their own chapbook.

Panel Speakers

Dr. Frank Giampietro serves as the interim director of Cleveland State University Poetry Center and visiting assistant professor of English at Cleveland State University and in the NEOMFA program. His first book of poems Begin Anywhere (Alice James Books) as published in 2008. He is the co-author of Spandrel (Small Craft Advisory Press, 2011) with Denise Bookwalter and Book O' Tondos (The Painters Left, 2010) with Megan Marlatt. He has received numerous awards for his poetry.

R.A. Washington, a Cleveland poet, multi-media artist, musician, and entrepreneur, has published over twenty-one creative works. His latest book, The Paris Notebooks, is currently in publication with NightBallet Press. He manages Guide to Kulchur: Text, Art and News, an alternative bookstore and zine coop/archive on Cleveland’s west side. In 2012, he was honored as one of Cleveland Magazine’s most interesting people. His paintings, photography, and mixed media installations have been exhibited in numerous galleries and art centers.

John Dorsey is a widely known writer, poet, and producer. As a touring poet he performs at venues across the country. Over the past twenty years he has authored numerous collections of poetry including his latest Tombstone Factory (Epic Rites Press, 2013), Boxcar Poems 1-12 (Lead Graffiti Letter Press, 2013), and Twenty Poems about Girls (Hydeout Press, 2013). He is also a columnist for Toledo Free Press Star. His work has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize.

Marissa Hyde and Alex Nielsen own and operate Hydeout Press (Lakewood, Ohio), a fine arts press that publishes top talent in limited-run works at a collector's-quality level. Marissa Hyde is an MA student of modern American literature at Cleveland State University. Nielsen is currently completing an MA in English Literature and Letters, also at Cleveland State University. He has been a touring and publishing poet for the last decade.

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Sep 30th, 2:00 PM Sep 30th, 4:00 PM

An Urban Education in Poetry

Cleveland State University, Michael Schwartz Library

SLAM: Chapbooks as Bursts of Poetry exhibit opening event.

Travel back in time to the early years of the Cleveland poetry scene and listen to fascinating histories and intriguing anecdotes about the poets, chapbooks, and small presses of the 1950s and 1960s that made a lasting impression on the world of poetry. An eclectic panel of speakers will discuss the evolution of poetry chapbooks, explore their significance to avant garde poets, and explain their continued importance as a means for talented, but not yet discovered, poets to make their works known. The owners of Hydeout Press will offer a brief history of small presses in Cleveland and describe the printing process and book construction. Using examples from the Michael Schwartz Library Collection, the presenters will illustrate how the physical presentation of a poem can enhance the reader’s experience and unite the poetic verse with the visual art that is the book. After the presentation, attendees will discover how these bewitching little books are hand constructed and will have the opportunity to make their own chapbook.

Panel Speakers

Dr. Frank Giampietro serves as the interim director of Cleveland State University Poetry Center and visiting assistant professor of English at Cleveland State University and in the NEOMFA program. His first book of poems Begin Anywhere (Alice James Books) as published in 2008. He is the co-author of Spandrel (Small Craft Advisory Press, 2011) with Denise Bookwalter and Book O' Tondos (The Painters Left, 2010) with Megan Marlatt. He has received numerous awards for his poetry.

R.A. Washington, a Cleveland poet, multi-media artist, musician, and entrepreneur, has published over twenty-one creative works. His latest book, The Paris Notebooks, is currently in publication with NightBallet Press. He manages Guide to Kulchur: Text, Art and News, an alternative bookstore and zine coop/archive on Cleveland’s west side. In 2012, he was honored as one of Cleveland Magazine’s most interesting people. His paintings, photography, and mixed media installations have been exhibited in numerous galleries and art centers.

John Dorsey is a widely known writer, poet, and producer. As a touring poet he performs at venues across the country. Over the past twenty years he has authored numerous collections of poetry including his latest Tombstone Factory (Epic Rites Press, 2013), Boxcar Poems 1-12 (Lead Graffiti Letter Press, 2013), and Twenty Poems about Girls (Hydeout Press, 2013). He is also a columnist for Toledo Free Press Star. His work has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize.

Marissa Hyde and Alex Nielsen own and operate Hydeout Press (Lakewood, Ohio), a fine arts press that publishes top talent in limited-run works at a collector's-quality level. Marissa Hyde is an MA student of modern American literature at Cleveland State University. Nielsen is currently completing an MA in English Literature and Letters, also at Cleveland State University. He has been a touring and publishing poet for the last decade.

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