Epic Poetry in April

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by Ed Davis on March 23, 2014

Three Poets
Epic Bookshop is again alive and well in Yellow Springs, newly-reopened at 229 Xenia Avenue between the Senior Citizens Center and the Emporium/Underdog Cafe. What better place to celebrate National Poetry Month! That’s why I asked two dynamic Greene County poets to join me on Sunday, April 27 at 2:30 p.m. for an afternoon of poetry at Epic.
Mystic Connections from Xenia
Author of children’s books, yoga teacher and poet Rita Coleman published Mystic Connections:  Poems of Nature and Relationships a few years ago. The natural world always appears in Rita’s work in all its ethereal splendor, but she also writes movingly of people […]

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Of Libraries, Coffeehouses, Bookstores and Poetry

Wright Memorial Public Library

by Ed Davis on January 19, 2014

Where would our thirst for words be without libraries, coffeehouses and bookstores? With media use exploding around us, aren’t these places terribly passé and embarrassingly old-fashioned? Not for my money (and it is my money, usage and support—and yours—that will keep them in business).
Wright is Right On
Wright Memorial Library at 1776 Far Hills Avenue in Oakwood, Ohio (info/directions) is one such fine purveyor of language and literature. These folks aren’t kidding on their website when they say it’s a community hub. It’s always a hive of literary activity for all ages whenever I stop in. Recently, I’ve attended several readings in […]

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Stolen Child: A Good, True Story

January 3, 2014
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“[Uncle Red] said that the Drumkeary ghost kept an eye out for our people. When I’d asked…if that story was true, he’d only asked me if I thought it was a good story.
‘Heck yeah. It is one of the best stories I ever heard. The ghost was her great grandfather and saved her life because she belonged to his family.’
He’d said, ‘Well, Lucy, did you know a good story is always a true one? In fact, the better it is, the truer it becomes.’”
Lucy’s Dilemma
I couldn’t agree more with Uncle Red’s sentiment above expressed in Suzanne Kelly’s newly-published Stolen Child. […]

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“Solstice: The Turning Point” – Glen Helen Reading Returns

November 26, 2013
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The Sequel…
We all know that Hollywood sequels often fail to live up to expectations, the producers’ as well as our own. But here’s hoping the second annual Glen Helen poetry reading exceeds last year’s impressive turnout, magic and intensity.
On Friday, December 13, 2013, Tecumseh Land Trust and Glen Helen Ecology Institute are once again sponsoring a poetry reading from 7-9 pm in the Vernet Ecological Center, 400 Corry Street, Yellow Springs, Ohio, near the Antioch College campus. After nearly one hundred people turned out for the first solstice/holiday poetry reading at Glen Helen last year, this event seems likely to […]

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Columbus Coop Anthology: Feast for Readers and Writers

November 11, 2013
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Eclectic is the word… 
Pregnancy and its consequences. The possible presence of the paranormal. Family grief. These are repeating themes in Best of Ohio Short Stories, Volume One, the newly-released anthology of the Columbus Creative Cooperative. But there are stories for every reader:  literary and genre, children and family, domestic and exotic, satirical and deadly-serious. As soon as I got the announcement that they were seeking fiction, I submitted. Alas, I did not make the final cut; yet I have no regrets after reading most of the stories that did.
Good News for Readers
The handsomely-produced 256-page collection of eighteen stories lives up […]

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Time of the Light: An Evening of Poetry

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Please join me for an evening of poetry at 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 16 at the Multi-Arts Space, 111 Corry Street in Yellow Springs, Ohio. I’ll be reading from my new full-length poetry collection, Time of the Light, and I’ll be joined by special guest and talented local poet Jack Whitacre.
The Yellow Springs Arts Council’s Multi-Arts Space features an art gallery as well as a gathering space. It’s located between William’s Eatery and Would You Could You in a Frame.  A reception with refreshments will follow. The adjoining art gallery will be showcasing the work of Yellow Springs artists Tom Verdon and Parviz Dadras.
The […]

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Julie Moore’s Scandal of Particulars: An Open Path

September 20, 2013
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A Prize-Winning Poet
I met Julie Moore at the Antioch Writers’ Workshop in 2009 when I led the afternoon poetry sessions, subbing at the last minute for John Drury. Julie was the Judson Jerome scholarship winner that year and had already published her chapbook Election Day. Not only did I find out during the week what a wonderful poet she is but also how generously she helps other poets. So I wasn’t surprised when she published the full-length collection Slipping out of Bloom the following year. In the meantime her poems have been widely-published in numerous journals from Southern Review to […]

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The Gift of Small Press

August 20, 2013
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Not all writers will be published by the bigger commercial presses, say, Warner, Scribner or St. Martin’s—nor should all of them want to be. If authors published by the bigger houses don’t distinguish themselves quickly (get an Oprah endorsement or review in The New York Times), their books will have the shelf life that magazines once did—and they may never be published again.
Of course poetry’s different; lacking great sales expectations, we poets find much more hospitality among Small Presses—independent, feisty, living-on-a-shoestring, low-staffed operations whose editors publish writers they believe in for little, if any, compensation. The Smalls are the ones […]

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Effects of Fiction

July 18, 2013
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Life of the Imagination
“How often do we hear people say, ‘Oh, I don’t have the time to read novels,’…adding that they read histories or biographies…more appropriate to serious-minded adults. The life of the imagination is a vital element of our total nature. If we starve it or pollute it the quality of our life is depressed or soiled. For just as man is a tool-making animal and has recreated his natural world with his tools, so is he a fiction-making animal and refashions his imaginative landscape with his fictions.”
(Chinua Achebe, Hopes and Impediments: Selected Essays)
For some time I’ve been pondering […]

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On the Road with Ohio Writers

April 15, 2013

Poetry . . . and More
Have you ever seen a living poet inhabit the body, mind and spirit of a deceased one? I did recently during one of the literary events I’ve attended in 2013. We live in an extremely rich literary region, and here are a few amazing venues that prove it!
Dunbar and Martin
Last Saturday, April 13, I experienced the first installment in the Ohioana Library’s “On the Road” Saturday Literary Adventure Series, touring both the Paul Laurence Dunbar house and Wright-Dunbar Interpretive Center. The highlight was a performance by Herbert Woodward Martin, a Dunbar scholar, who hasn’t lost any of his enthusiasm […]

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