I had a good time Monday at Mahall’s – maybe too good, as I drank too much Founder’s IPA (following my performance, at least), didn’t get out of there till after midnight, and as a result was less productive than I wanted to be the whole next day.  Lesson learned (hopefully).

But it was a pleasure to again share the stage with guitarist
JJ Haaz. Catherine Criswell is a fine host.  It was also good to witness readings from the Great Lakes Review and an inspiring performance by Ray McNiece’s apprentice poets — and to see friends old and new, though the place was so busy and I was so aswirl in the flux I missed talking with a few of my favorite people.

I have two more readings this week.  Saturday at 2 p.m. the multi-talented 
Kate Westfall and I will be featured during Borderlands: Poetry on the Edge at Main Street Books, 104 North Main Street in Mansfield, Ohio.  And Sunday from noon to 1 p.m. I’ll be reading at MoCa (10435 Clifton Blvd. in Cleveland) during the Lake Effect Sunday Fundrive, a fundraiser aimed at helping the Cleveland team get to Boston for this year’s National Poetry Slam. Many others will perform from the MoCa stage from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. to support Lake Effect’s cause.

Back to Saturday, I plan to see my friend Martin at Mansfield Correctional Institution before I head to the bookstore.  Here’s what’s on the back of the visiting reservation request form he sent me.  I guess you’ll know, now, that I’ll be apppropriately dressed for at least one of this weekend’s events.