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

mysticconnectionsAuthor 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 and animals as well, losses as well as joys. My own personal favorite in the book is the narrative poem about the escaped slave in the nineteenth century who turns into a river stone. Check her out at www.ritacoleman.com, especially her poem “My Mother Suzi” which won an honorable mention in the Greater Cincinnati Writer’s League’s 2014 contest. Rita is a confident performer of her work.

Musings from Cedarville

particularscandalsbyjulielmooreThe prolific, prize-winning poet Julie L. Moore will be joining Rita and me at Epic. Julie has published three books in the five years I’ve known her:  Election Day, a chapbook from Finishing Line Press; Slipping out of Bloom (Word Tech Editions); and the most recent, Particular Scandals (The Poiema Poetry Series by Cascade Books, an imprint of Wipf & Stock Publishers). While I’ve liked them all, I was moved to review Scandals. Like Rita, Julie, too, writes of pain and loss—in fact, I consult her pages as I do Thomas Merton and other mystics for solace and inspiration—as well as healing and joy. Check out “Somewhere Else,” one of the poems at www.julielmoore.com/poems, which won Second Honorable Mention in the 2006 National Poet Hunt Contest sponsored byThe MacGuffin. Julie interprets her work extremely well in public performance.

Light in the Springs

I’ll be joining these talented writer-readers with my fourth reading in support of my new full-length collection, Time of the LightAfter debuting the book at the Yellow Springs Arts Council’s Art Space in November, I read in January at Wright Library in Oakwood and again in February at Stoney Creek Roasters in Cedarville. I’ve greatly appreciated the support of enthusiastic, attentive audiences at each venue—and that includes many of you reading this. It’s as daunting as it is a pleasure to face such audiences armed only with my words; ultimately it’s humbling, leaving me hopeful that I’m growing both as a writer and reader of my own work. One of the greatest joys of publishing a new book is connecting with readers, old and new.

More Poetry

On Saturday, April 19, 2-4:00 p.m., Conrad Balliet, of WYSO’s “Conrad’s Corner,” will host his annual reading of area poets at the Dayton Metro Library, 215 E. Third Street, Dayton, Ohio. Along with scheduled performers, poets can also sign up on-site for the open mic segment. Inclusive and eclectic, witty and wise, Conrad keeps things moving with a firm but gentle hand, providing a veritable smorgasbord of local poetry. The event is always a lot of fun.

Finally, the indomitable Herbert Woodward Martin, University of Dayton professor emeritus and consummate scholar and interpreter of the work of Paul Laurence Dunbar, will be reading his own poetry at the Troy-Hayner Cultural Center on Thursday, March 27, at 7:30 p.m. If you’ve never seen Herb perform, do yourself a huge favor and go. (Plus, the lovely Hayner mansion was made for poetry.)


Just as I was wrapping this up, in comes the announcement that David Garrison will be reading on Sunday, April 6, 2-3:00 at Xenia Community Library, 76 E. Market Street, Xenia, Ohio, in support of his latest book of poetry, Playing Bach in the D.C. Metro. I’ve heard Dave read many times and his work is accessible and enjoyable. Plus, you can get coffee at Stoney Creek Roasters in nearby Cedarville afterwards, maybe even sit on the deck above Massie Creek and write a poem.

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