It’s Tuesday, September 8th 2009 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the historic Karamu House, 2355 E. 89th Street in Cleveland.  I’m excited about it!  Hope you can be there….

FYI, I’ve copied and posted the official press release below:

Media Advisory FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
–Jim Kopniske

Experience Poetry and Jazz at the Nia Coffeehouse’s Opening Night

Check out the sights and sounds oft Vince Robinson and the Jazz Poets at the Karamu House

Cleveland – The Nia Coffeehouse founded 1997, a jazz and poetry open mic night, opens at the historic Karamu House on Sept. 8 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. and continues every second Tuesday of the month. Hosting the open mic will be Vince Robinson and his band the Jazz Poets. Robinson has performed at a variety of venues including the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and WVIZ’s Applause. The Nia Coffeehouse’s opening night will also feature a book signing by local author, Nia Osaze. She will sign her latest work, Looking Back at Tomorrow. Featured poets will be Black Poetic, Josiah “Zion” Quarles, John Burroughs/Jesus Crisis, Malika Andrea Hooks, Nkechi Edeh, and Jessica Skrzypiec.
Nia Coffeehouse @ Karamu, a collaboration between the Cleveland Museum of Art, Karamu and the Lit: Cleveland’s Literary Center, provides a place for people to express themselves. It also serves to introduce people to the CMA as a forum of communication and as a resource that reinforces the social and cultural fabric of the community. Nia Coffeehouse exposes the ties between poetry, the spoken word and the visual arts. Everything from hip hop poetry to classic sonnets can be seen and heard. Everyone is invited to participate or just enjoy the performances. Nia Coffeehouse is a free event but donations of $4.00 are suggested. Coffee and hors d’oeuvres will be provided.

WHO: Vince Robinson and the Jazz Poets, Nia Osaze, Black Poetic, Josiah “Zion” Quarles, John Burroughs/Jesus Crisis, Malika Andrea Hooks, Nkechi Edeh And Jessica Skrzypiec

WHEN: Sept. 8 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. and every second Tuesday of the month
Open Mic sign up at 6:00 pm.

Click here to visit the Facebook event page.

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