new Love Initiative / Poet’s Haven anthology – cover art by Jenna Arthur

The Lix and Kix Poetry Extravaganza and PoetryElyria are pleased to participate in The Love Initiative’s Music for Meals Food Drive this month.  We encourage you to bring non-perishable food items to our 11/14 PoetryElyria show (featuring J.E. Stanley & dan smith) at Jim’s Coffeehouse and Diner in Elyria, our 11/17 Lix and Kix show (featuring Maj Ragain, Christopher Franke and Blaire Bommer) at Bela Dubby in Lakewood, and/or the 11/20 Saturday Night with the Poet’s Haven show (featuring Steve Brightman and Eric Odum) at Angel Falls in Akron to help the cause.

From The Love Intiative:

The Love Initiative is gathering
together the artistic and music communities of the region to collect
food for the Cleveland and Akron Food Banks.

These organizations service over 800 angencies, feeding over 20 million meals in Cleveland, and over 179,000 people in Akron.

multi-day event focuses on the weekend before Thanksgiving. Dozens of
bands, artists, and other creatives will be working through most of the
area’s venues and night spots to collect canned or non-perishable food
items, grocery store gift cards, and/or money.

The Food Banks currently have a need for canned fruits, vegetables and soups.

A full list of participating venues and bands will be listed on the Love Initiative group facebook page,,, and many more!

As part of this project, The Love Initiative and the Poet’s Haven are publishing an anthology called Vending Machine: Poetry for Change that will be given away to anyone who makes a donation to Music for Meals at the 11/20 Angel Falls event.  My new poem “Can It” is in the anthology, alongside work by dozens of others.

We hope to see you (and your cans!) at one or all of the following events:

Sun. Nov. 14th 2010 from 1 to 3 p.m.
PoetryElyria at Jim’s Coffeehouse and Diner, 2 Kerstetter Way in Elyria, Ohio

Open mic emceed by John Burroughs including featured peformances by J.E. Stanley and dan smith.

J.E. Stanley is an accountant and
part-time guitarist from the grayscale suburban wilderness of Northeast
Ohio and a member of the deep cleveland tribe of poetry, as well as the
author of Dark Intervals (vanZeno Press), Dissonance (deep cleveland
press) and Ink (Gypsy Lips Press). He is also co-author, with Joshua
Gage, of Intrinsic Night (Sam’s Dot Publishing). Follow his blog at

, also a member of the deep cleveland tribe of poetry, is the
neo-Beat mystic author of Crooked River (deep cleveland press) and
winner of the 2009 Hessler Street Fair Anthology Poetry Contest. He has
been known to come with music. See selections of his poetry at

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Wed. Nov. 17th 2010 from 7 to 10 p.m.
The Lix & Kix Poetry Extravaganza at Bela Dubby, 13321 Madison Avenue in Lakewood, Ohio

performances by Blaire Bommer, Christopher Franke and Maj Ragain,
followed by an open mic emceed by Dianne Borsenik and John Burroughs

Blaire Miller Bommer attacked poetry dead on in 2010 at the Women of the World Poetry Slam in Columbus, Ohio. Though she went to
volunteer, she ended up winning a spot in the competition at their Last
Chance Slam where she took second. She got herself beat up by national
heavyweights, only to come home and immediately hone in on her craft.
Bommer has had several features in the city of Cleveland and performed
in various cities across the country including Boston and St. Paul. She
has self-published two chapbooks, The Blaire of Bad News (2010) and
PERIODS (2010) – a collaboration with Kisha Nicole Foster – under the
guise of Blasted Nips Press. With Blasted Nips, she continues to make
herself available to help fellow poets print fun chapbooks. In her
lifetime she has occupied EVERY college institution in Cleveland, worked
for glass blowers & rock sculptors, passed out free cigarettes, and
built sets at the CSU Factory Theater. At 25, this young poet has a
voice that bleeds ears and a pure heart which is felt within the frail
honesty of all her poetic words. And doesn’t she look great in that
shirt? [bio by Kisha Nicole Foster]

is an experimental poet from Charlotesville, Virginia, USA. His
work includes concrete poetry, sound poetry, performance poetry, and
various forms of conventional poetry. He has performed as a member of
the Endangered Species Trio as a reader of his poetry to harp and flute
accompaniment. His poems have also been included in the paintings of
other artists. Franke has performed sound poetry readings and more
conventional poetry readings in Northeast Ohio for decades. His first
book of poetry, Title, was published in 1969 by the Cleveland State
University Press and featured a number of concrete pieces. He coined the
terms “flip words” and “toe-faced words” to describe mirror reflection
words and puddle reflection words respectively. He also coined the terms
“typoons” to describe free-form (non-linear) emoticons he has had in
print since Title, “articles” to describe visual poetry collages, and
has extended the meaning of the word “versicle” to also mean microbooks
of poetry, particularly concrete poetry. [bio by Wikipedia]

Major D. Ragain
, an instructor of English at Kent State since 1981,
teaches courses such as Creative Writing (introductory and advanced
poetry writing workshops), Survey of American Literature 1800 to Present
and Survey of American Literature, and Introduction to Poetry, among
others. He previously taught in Illinois at Frontier College, Olney
Community College and Southern Illinois University and in North Carolina
at Winston-Salem State College. He earned his Ph.D. at Kent State in
1990, his master’s at the University of Illinois in 1963 and his
bachelor’s from Eastern Illinois University in 1962. Today, Ragain is a
successful poet with both written and audio publications….

In Ragain’s teaching statement he said, “Before I
ever taught a class, I came across this sentence in Louis Sullivan’s
Kindergarten Chats, a singular book about organic principles in
architecture and the forms in which spirit resides. I can still see my
hand writing it down in an old notebook, ‘To teach is to touch the heart
and impel it to action.’ In 33 years of teaching, that has remained a
guiding principle. …I believe that, as a teacher, I am also an
apprentice, a learner and in the poet Gary Snyder’s wonderful phrase, ‘a
fellow worker in the Buddha fields.’ I often write with my students.
Of all the ‘strategies,’ that seems the most fruitful. It brings
certitude to the classroom a sense that the teaching is being translated
into action, that the work is shared. I am teaching myself to listen.”
[bio by Grace Dobush and Sandra Eaglen on the Kent State University website]

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Sat. Nov. 20th 2010 from 6:30 to 11 p.m.
Saturday Night with the Poet’s Haven at Angel Falls, 792 West Market Street in Akron, Ohio

poetry by Steve Brightman and Eric Odum, open mic emceed and recorded
for podcast by Vertigo X’ian Xavier, and distribution of the anthology Vending Machine: Poetry for Change to anyone who donates canned goods et cetera to Music for Meals

Steve Brightman is 1/4 cup dijon and
whole grain mustard, 1/4 cup honey, 1/4 cup ground coffee, and 1/4 cup
deep dark molasses. He lives in Kent, Ohio, with his pionus parrot and
thinks that PNC park is the finest cathedral in North America. His poems
have been featured in “Pudding House,” “Kansas City Voices,” “Origami
Condom,” “My Favorite Bullet,” and he was included in the Ohio
Bicentennial Anthology titled “I Have My Own Song For It: Modern Poems
about Ohio.”

Eric “Verbal Influence” Odum is a 20-year-old poet
hailing from Cleveland, Ohio. He has been part of Playhouse Square’s
SlamU! program for the past five years. He is a peer mentor, running
workshops and working on a personal level with teens on performance and
writing. He was part of Cleveland’s National Youth Poetry Slam team for
the past three years. He also runs a poetry group called Spit Poet Spit,
which performed at Urbean Joe’s Coffee this past September. Eric is the
founding member of an after school poetry group called New Age Poets.
He started writing at the age of nine and began performing at fifteen.
He has released one chapbook, “Unspoken Declarations,” and has a CD in
the works called “Verbal Therapy.”

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