This Sunday, January 2nd from 1 to 3 p.m. at Jim’s Coffeehouse and Diner, 2 Kerstetter Way in Elyria, Ohio, PoetryElyria will present featured poets Anne McMillen and Shelley Chernin.  This event includes an open mic emceed by yours truly.

About the poets (from our Facebook event page):

Shelley Chernin is a freelance researcher, writer, and editor of legal
reference books who writes poetry to maintain her insanity. Her poems
have appeared in Scrivener Creative Review, Rhapsoidia, What I Knew
Before I Knew: Poems from the Pudding House Salon-Cleveland
, the
Heights Observer, and the 2010 Hessler Street Fair Poetry Anthology. The Akron
Art Museum awarded
her Honorable Mentions in its New Words Poetry Contest in 2009 and
2010. She recently moved from eastern Cuyahoga to Lorain County, where
she’s enjoying the measurement of snowfall in inches rather than feet.

Anne
says: “My full name is Anne McMillen, I’m 29 and was born in Elyria
Ohio. I went to college for several semesters at LCCC and then on to
Bowling Green State University until I dropped out to focus on writing.
During those years I traveled the U.S. and eventually moved to San
Francisco for 5 years. My first published work was at
unlikelystories.org when I was 18 years old. I currently have five
published books of poems and am working on my first full length novel.
My writing focuses on the dysfunctional home life I endured as well as
the sociological problems and issues I observe daily. For a living I
work as an optician in a welfare clinic and help people who are
disadvantaged obtain a better quality of life. I’m queer and
unconventional and reside now in Cleveland with my partners whom I love
dearly and care for immensely. I spend a lot of time doing outreach with
young queers, organizing speakers and entertainment from out of state
to come and spread the good word. Right now my life is better than it
ever has been and coming from extreme poverty I consider myself a
success even if financially I’m not much better off than I was as a
child, but I have a very rich life filled with love, friends and a great
community.”

John Burroughs of Lix and Kix will emcee.

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