From our Facebook event page:

On Sunday December 26th from 1 to 3 pm, PoetryElyria presents an open mic followed by performances by featured poets Clarissa Jakobsons (from Aurora, Ohio) and Cameron Conaway (from Altoona, Pennsylvania, in his first ever Cleveland area reading)!  It all happens at Jim’s Coffeehouse and Diner, 2 Kerstetter Way in Elyria, Ohio.

Cameron Conaway was the 2007-2009 Poet-in-Residence at the University of
Arizona’s MFA Creative Writing Program. He is 2-0 at 155lbs as a mixed
martial arts fighter. He has trained with Renzo Gracie, the London
Shootfighters and will be studying Muay Thai kickboxing in Thailand for
the next year. An MMA fighter and an award-winning poet; an MMA Trainer
at Gold’s
Gym and a creative writing instructor for Johns Hopkins Center for
Talented Youth; a certified personal trainer through the National
Strength and Conditioning Association and a dynamic anti-bully
spokesperson, Cameron is quickly becoming known worldwide as the warrior
poet. Tuttle Publishing will release Cameron’s memoir Caged: Memoir of
a Cage-Fighting Poet
in fall 2011. Salmon Poetry will release his book of
poems, Until You Make the Shore, in January 2012. The book of poems
grew from his experiences teaching poetry inside an all-female juvenile
detention center. For more information visit

Clarissa Jakobsons instructs various art and writing classes at Cleveland’s
Cuyahoga Community College. Artist, poet, and Associate Editor of the
Arsenic Lobster poetry magazine, she was featured in Paris, France at
“Shakespeare and Co,” in Florida and Ohio, and she was first place
winner of the Akron Art Museum 2005 New Words Competition. Publications include: Ruminate, Qarrtsiluni, Ascent Aspirations, The
Yale Journal for Humanities in Medicine
, DreamSeeker Magazine, and
Literary Mama, to name a few. She holds a B.F.A. in Visual Arts and has
exhibited paintings at Akron Art Museum and Kent State University.

she weaves unique one-of-a kind artistic books, which have been
exhibited in Provincetown, Denver, and Cleveland shows. In fact, the
Cleveland Museum of Art has asked that “Camille Claudel in Bardo” join
the Ingalls Rare Books collection. Don’t be surprised to see her kicking
sandcastles and painting Provincetown dunes, climbing majestic Berkeley
Hills, igniting Tai Chi poems from the towers of Notre Dame, lifting
weights on Treasure Island, or walking under an Ohio crescent moon.

is a beacon of warmth and inspiration who writes with the intensity of
Shakespeare and a passion that is wealthy with life,” –Chris Crittenden,
poet, and Ethics professor at University of Maine.

The PoetryElyria series takes place every Sunday afternoon from 1 to 3 pm at Jim’s Coffeehouse and Diner in downtown Elyria, just doors away
from the gorgeous East Falls Riverwalk. John Burroughs of the Lix
and Kix Poetry Extravaganza will emcee.

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