The second Wednesday of every month (at 7 p.m.), Mac’s Backs bookstore in Cleveland Heights hosts one of my favorite regular poetry events.  The first half of the night is devoted to three fine featured poets.  After a short break, folks come back for an always interesting open mic.  If you appreciate artistic quality, variety, intimacy and feeling like you belong (even if it’s your first time there), Mac’s is the perfect poetry venue for you.

October 8th, the featured artists were Dianne Borsenik, Clarissa Jakobsons, and Split Pea/ce – and I was fortunate enough to be able to film all three.  Dianne, a good friend, gave an inspired performance that you don’t want to miss.  Though I hadn’t met Clarissa before, I enjoyed her reading immensely and look forward to reading more of her work.  Split Pea/ce is a duo including poet Mike Marcellino and musical artist Abe Olvido, who I first met when I shared the bill with them at a Poet’s Haven event in August.  Their unique ability to marry music and text intrigues me, and I was glad to see them again.

For now I will just share my video of the three features.  I’ll try to return in another blog with a slew of still photos and shout-outs to the open mic participants.

Dianne Borsenik (with a short intro by Suzanne DeGaetano of Mac’s Backs):

Clarissa Jakobsons of Aurora, Ohio:

Split Pea/ce (Mike Marcellino and Abe Olvido):

Finally, here’s a photo Dianne Borsenik took of me that night (thanks!):

Find Dianne Borsenik at
Check out Dianne’s poetry review site at

Find Split Pea/ce at
Check out Mike Marcellino’s writing site at

For more work by Clarissa Jakobsons, please visit

And don’t forget to visit this excellent bookstore:

Mac’s Backs
1820 Coventry Road
Cleveland Heights, Ohio 44118

They host poetry readings the second Wednesday of each month, along with a whole host of other arts events.  And I, Jesus Crisis, will be a featured reader there on 14 January of 2009.  But don’t wait ’til then to check ’em out.