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May 20 @ 6:30 am – 8:00 am
Cleveland Public Library and Ohio Center for the Book join Cleveland Heights Poet Laureate Ray McNiece an intergenerational and multicultural poetry workshop pairing youth poets with community elders aged 50 and older.
Prompts created by youth poets will jumpstart the conversation, resulting in poems that serve as a bridge between cultures, generations, and neighborhoods.
Add your voice to the mosaic of perspectives telling the story of our city! Poems created in the workshops will be published in an anthology in 2023.
ABOUT RAY MCNIECE
Ray McNiece is the author of nine books of poems and monologues, most recently Love Song for Cleveland, a collaboration with photographer Tim Lachina and Breath Burns Away, New Haiku. The Orlando Sentinel reporting on Ray’s solo theater piece “Us — Talking Across America” 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, appeared on Good Morning, Russia and performed at the Moscow Polytech, the Russian Poets’ Hall of Fame where he was dubbed ‘the American Mayakovski.’ He has toured Italy twice with legendary beat poet Lawrence Ferlinghetti. He fronts the blues rock band, Tongue-in-Groove.