I know I swore off hosting poetry events.  But when I heard my friend Mike Finley — a poet I much admire — was gonna be in town this weekend for a family shindig, I had to ask if he wanted to read and, when he said yes, I quickly found a venue.  My first choices were Visible Voice Books and Jammy Buggars, both of whom I knew would be happy to host us — but alas, neither is open on Sunday, the day he would be available.  Long story short, I found a new place and I couldn’t be more thrilled.

So TODAY (Sunday 18 August 2013) from 5 to 7 p.m. we will converge in the basement party room of The Old Angle Tavern, 1848 West 25th Street, in the Ohio City neighborhood of Cleveland where Finley will read and we’ll have a round robin open mic of sorts (sans mic) either before or after.  Please don’t miss this!

Here’s more info from the Facebook event page:

This will be Mike Finley‘s first reading in the Cleveland area in decades. Join us in the basement party room of The Old Angle Tavern in Ohio City for this very special event.

Mike Finley is a professional communicator with 30 years of experience in print, broadcast, in-person and online as a best-selling writer, poet, and videographer. In 2010, Finley published his collected works, Yukon Gold: Poemes de Terre [Kraken Press], a 500-plus page collection described as the largest chapbook ever published. Finley’s journalism, criticism, and other work have appeared in Rolling Stone, St. Paul Pioneer Press, Minnesota Monthly, Paris Review, Success Magazine, Fuck Poetry, and Buzzkill: Apocalypse (NightBallet Press, 2012). He received a Wisconsin State Arts Fellowship for fiction and was awarded the Pushcart Prize for poetry in 1985. In 2013, his book Growing Up in Amherst was published online, describing—through poetry and prose—his childhood in the small town of Amherst, Ohio. This book is available for free by clicking here.  Mike Finley now lives in St. Paul, Minnesota.

For the Young Poets of Cleveland (a mini-chapbook of poetry) has just been published by NightBallet to commemorate his return to reading in the Cleveland area after a 30-year hiatus.