Event Calendar

Events for Sunday, November 7, 2021

Poetry Reading & Book Signing at The Bookshop in Lakewood
2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Award-winning poet Michael Steffen will be featured in a reading/book signing at The Bookshop in Lakewood. Michael will read at 4 pm from his recently-published collection, Blood Narrative (Main Street Rag Press, 2021).
Location:
The Bookshop in Lakewood
15230 Madison Ave
Lakewood, Ohio 44107
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Award-winning Poet to read at The Bookshop in Lakewood
2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Award-winning poet Michael Steffen will be the next author featured at the Bookshop in Lakewood! He'll be reading from and signing copies of his recently-published collection, Blood Narrative. (Main Street Rag Press, 2021)
Location:
The Bookshop in Lakewood
15230 Madison Ave.
Lakewood, Ohio 44107
Click here for more information
Poetry Reading and Book Signing with Michael Steffen
2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Award-winning poet Michael Steffen will be featured in a reading/book signing at The Bookshop in Lakewood, 15230 Madison Avenue, Lakewood, OH 44107 on Sunday, November 7th, 2021 from 2-5 pm. Michael will read at 4 pm from his recently-published collection, Blood Narrative (Main Street Rag Press, 2021).
Praise for Michael Steffen’s Poetry
These warm, generous, and lively poems speak to the narrative of body and spirit, of family, marriage, community and culture, as they come to terms with past and present losses. They do it best by living in the present, grateful for the whole of every moment—luscious, embarrassing, lonely, or loving, reveling in the sensual. Steffen’s capacity to surprise with sudden humor or beauty or truth infuses every poem, reminding us to live fully, because “somewhere offshore in the eye of apocalypse,/angels raise their trumpets—” as I raise mine, to this wonderful blood narrative.
April Ossmann (author of Event Boundaries)
Steffen scrupulously avoids flamboyance, the sort of surface dazzle we find in poems that, like the stereotypical Chinese meal, are immediately appealing but leave us hungry instants later. His plain style approach allows his insights, as it were, to sneak up on us...until we discover ourselves (how did it happen?) in a world so full of pathos that we catch our breaths.
Sydney Lea
About the Author
Michael Steffen is the author of three previous poetry collections: No Good at Sea (Legible Press, 2002) won the Legible Press Poetry Prize. Heart Murmur (Bordighera Press, 2009) won the Bordighera Poetry Prize, appearing as a bilingual edition in both Italian and English. His third collection, Bad Behavior (Brick Road Poetry Press, 2012), won the Brick Road Poetry Prize. While a resident of Pennsylvania, Michael was granted a 2002 Fellowship from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts. His poems have appeared in Poetry, Potomac Review, Chiron Review, Poet Lore and the American Journal of Poetry among other literary magazines. He has read and lectured widely and been a mentor in the PEN Prison Writing Program. Michael is a graduate of the MFA in Creative Writing Program at Vermont College and currently lives in Buffalo, New York.
Location:
The Bookshop in Lakewood
15230 Madison Ave
Lakewood, Ohio 44107
The Exonerated
2:30 PM
This docu-drama recounts first-person narratives in dramatic form through the legal records of six wrongly convicted inmates. The accounts of these falsely-accused former convicts explore these falsely-accused peoples lives after being sentenced to death, and the legal proceedings that gained their exoneration. The New York Times named The Exonerated "the number one play of the year.....intense and deeply satisfying."
Location:
Beck Center for the Arts Studio Theatre
17801 Detroit Ave
Lakewood OH 44107
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