This Wednesday during the Lix and Kix Poetry Extravaganza emceed by Dianne Borsenik and me:

Open mic follows the features.  Bios from our Facebook event page:

Born in the industrial Ohio Valley in the 1940’s, Larry Smith has worked
as a steel mill laborer, a high school teacher, a college professor,
and a writer. A graduate of Mingo Central High School, Muskingum
College, and Kent State University, he is the author of eight books of
poetry, a book of memoirs, four books of fiction, two literary
biographies, a life biography, and a book of translations from the
Chinese. He is the director
of the Firelands Writing Center and Editor-in-Chief of Bottom Dog
Press, Inc. He will be reading from his most recent collection, Tu Fu
Comes to America: A Story in Poems
(March Street Press), which transports
the ancient Chinese poet to the streets of Cleveland today. Recently
retired, Smith may be reached at BGSU Firelands College where he still
teaches writing, literature, and film.

lives with his family in Elyria, Ohio. His poems and fiction
have appeared in The Sun, Prairie Schooner and Whiskey Island. A
chapbook of his poetry, Confederate Season, was published in 2002 by
Lorain County Community College and his novella Isn’t That Just Like
(winner of the inaugural Ruthanne Wiley Memorial Novella Contest)
was published by Cleveland State University Press in 2007. In 2010,
Eric won The Lit’s Lantern Award for best poem.

Nicole Robinson
is the program and outreach coordinator for Wick Poetry Center at Kent
State University where she spends a lot of her time leading writing
workshops in schools and community centers. She is the author of the
chapbook The Slop of Giving in, the Melt of Letting Go (P2B Press). Find
KSU’s Wick Poetry Center online at