Could be….  Here’s one.  Get ’em while they’re hot!

On
Wednesday August 18th at Lix and Kix, Pittsburgh poets Nikki Allen
& Renée Alberts bring their Cut & Run tour to Lakewood,
Cleveland’s beloved Kisha Nicole Foster gives a farewell performance,
and Steve Abbott brings poetic fire from Columbus.

Lix and Kix
offers featured poets, music, open mic, coffee, beer, art and assorted
grooviness the third Wednesday of each month (7 p.m.) at Bela Dubby Art
Gallery & Beer Cafe, 13321 Madison Avenue in Lakewood, Ohio, hosted
by Dianne Borsenik and John “Jesus Crisis” Burroughs.

Cleveland’s
own Kisha Nicole Foster, “Poet of the People,” has been a member of
the Cleveland Classic slam team and was honored in 2006 by Writers
& Their Friends as one of the top 25 writers in Cleveland. Her work
was recently anthologized in Cleveland Poetry Scenes (Bottom Dog
Press, 2008). Kisha will be leaving the Cleveland area soon, and we
are happy to feature her this second time before she does.

Renée
Alberts listens to rivers and shortwave radio to create poetry,
collage, sound and photography. Her poetry collection, No Water, came
out in 2009, and her work has appeared in The New Yinzer, Encyclopedia
Destructica, Pittsburgh City Paper, and Subtletea. She has given dozens
of readings, including on WYEP’s Prosody, WRCT’s A Live Show, and as a
2001 and 2004 member of the Steel City Slam Team. She organizes
numerous poetry and music events, including the CLP Sunday Poetry &
Reading Series, for which she edited Natural Language: Carnegie
Library of Pittsburgh Sunday Poetry and Reading Series Anthology. She
posts writing and art at www.animalprayer.com.

Nikki
Allen is a 29 year old writer living in Pittsburgh. She’s been getting
on stages for over 11 years and scribbling poems on homework, in
notebooks and all over cocktail napkins for most of her life. She is
the author of numerous chapbooks, including My Darling Since, Gutter of
Eden, and Quite Like Yes. She competed on national poetry slam teams in
Dayton and Pittsburgh from 2001 to 2003. Her poetry has appeared in
The New Yinzer, Crash, Open Thread Regional Review Vol. 2, and
Encyclopedia Destructica. She’s also performed with beatboxers, bucket
drums and the Incredibly Thin Collective. She uses clothes pins for
hair barrettes and lives to witness others doing what they love. Her
work can be found online at honeydunce.com.

Steve
Abbott is a native of central Ohio and was a co-founder and writer for
the Columbus Free Press. He has been a courtroom bailiff, a private
investigator, and director of communications for a social service
agency. He was a founding member of The Poetry Forum at Larry’s, which
has sponsored Monday night readings at Larry’s Bar in Columbus since
1984. An associate editor of Pudding Magazine: The International
Journal of Applied Poetry, Steve is also faculty advisor for Spring
Street, the literary and arts journal at Columbus State Community
College, where he is a tenured full professor and lead instructor of
creative writing, teaches composition and creative writing, and hosts a
twice-quarterly Open Mic Coffeehouse. He was awarded an Ohio Arts
Council Individual Artist Fellowship in poetry in 1993 and an OAC
residency at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Massachusetts,
in 1994. His poetry and nonfiction have appeared in Wind, Birmingham
Poetry Review, and The Heartlands Today as well as the anthologies
Prayers to Protest: Poems That Center and Bless Us (Pudding House
Publications, 1998) and Coffeehouse Poetry Anthology (Bottom Dog Press,
1996). His history of the Columbus Free Press appeared in Voices from
the Underground: Insider Histories of the Vietnam-Era Underground Press
(Mica Press, 1991), which will be appear in an updated edition late in
2008. His chapbook A Short History of the Word was published in 1996,
and his collection Greatest Hits, 1982-2003 was released in 2006. With
Columbus poets Rose M. Smith and Connie Everett, he edited Cap City
Poets, an anthology of Columbus and central Ohio poets, available from
Pudding House.

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