Places you can hear me (J.B.) read my poetry in the first half of the new year include:

Fri. January 7th 2011 at 6:30 p.m.
Bellville, Ohio (just south of Mansfield) — at Pumpkin Hollow Antiques and Cafe, 14 Bell Street.  Dianne Borsenik and I will be featured poets.  The evening will also include featured music by guitarist Andy Roberts and an open mic emceed by Ohio Poetry Association president Mark Hersman.  More info here.

Thurs. January 20th at 7 p.m.
Avon Lake, Ohio — at the Avon Lake Public Library, 32649 Electric Blvd.  Robert Miltner and I will be featured poets as Poets of Lorain County kick off a new monthly series.  The event will begin with an open mic.  More info here.

Fri. January 28th at 6:30 p.m.
Lorain, Ohio — at the 737 Gallery (home of the Lorain Arts Council), located at 737 Broadway Ave.  Featured Lorain County poets will include Eric Anderson, Robert Miltner, Elise Geither, Shelley Chernin, Dianne Borsenik and me.  Other featured performers that evening will include internationally known Nepali poet Yuyutsu R.D. Sharma, music and spoken word duo Trenchcoat Manifesto (Richard Hearn and Tom Adams), Cleveland poet Marilyn Oliveras de Ortiz, bomba y plena (Afro-Carribean song and dance) by Rafael Rivera and Manancique, and a unique dance/music performance of “Echo” and perhaps other works by La Mariposa (Amy Compton) and Michael McNamara.  More info here.

February 2nd at 5 p.m. thru February 8th at 11 p.m.
Elyria, Ohio — at Jim’s Coffeehouse and Diner, 2 Kerstetter Way, I will be but one of probably hundreds of poets sharing their work as Lix and Kix presents Snoetry II: A World Record Winter Wordfest.  This event will run for 150 hours straight, smashing the mark for longest poetry reading ever (120 hours) set in 2010 out Kansas City way.  More info here.

Sat. March 26th at 7 p.m.
Erie, Pennsylvania — at Poets Hall, 1136 E. Lake Road.  Erie’s own Chuck Joy and I will be featured poets during the Invited Artist series hosted by Cee Williams and the International Fellowship of Poets & Spoken Word Artists PA Local 1136.

April 2nd, 9th and/or 16th
Toledo, Ohio — I will be one many poets and all sorts of other artists performing during the annual Artomatic419 festival in Toledo.  I’m not sure exactly what times I’ll be performing yet (Artomatic419 takes place on three successive Saturdays), but I’ll let you know as soon as I do.

Mon. May 23rd at 7 p.m.
Athens, Ohio — at Abrio’s Brick Oven, 859 East State Street,  Dianne Borsenik and I will be featured poets during an event hosted by the Poets South of I-70.  An open mic will be part of the festivities.

Sat. May 28th at 5 p.m.
Wapakoneta, Ohio — at the Temple of Tolerance, 203 S. Wood Street.  I’ll be one of the featured poets during a reading at this unique and inspiring venue.

I’ll also be reading in Pittsburgh, PA and Richwood, WV in the new year.  I’ll post dates and details as soon as they’re confirmed.

Here’s the flier Mark Hersman sent me for our January 7th reading in Bellville:

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