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Ohio Center for the Book at Cleveland Public Library celebrates National Poetry Month 2015 with our third annual Ohio Poem In Your Pocket Day. On Thursday, April 30, 2015, staff members will distribute this year's Ohio pocket poems.  We invite you to join us.

Join the fun! Meet us at 12:00 noon on Thursday, April 30, 2015, in the Literature Department, Main Library (2nd floor), 325 Superior Avenue. We will celebrate national Poem in Your Pocket Day the Buckeye way by hitting the streets to besprinkle downtown Cleveland with poetry written by a wide variety of Ohioans.  Click "Read More" to learn more about the Ohio poets featured.

Can't make it to downtown Cleveland to help us distribute poems? Click on the image above to view, print the poems, and then share them with others anywhere in Ohio. You can even create our own pocket poem with our Ohio Poem In Your Pocket blank template!   

For more information email us at ohiocenterforthebook@cpl.org or call 216-623-2881.

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YWCA Greater Cleveland in Partnership with Cleveland Public Library Presents:
“Improving Cultural Competency through Community Reading Experiences”
— A Reception

On Thursday, April 16, 2015, the YWCA Greater Cleveland in partnership with the Cleveland Public Library is hosting a reception to introduce "It's Time to Talk:" Cleveland Book Clubs.  One of the many options offered by the YWCA in support of its “eliminating racism” mission, It's Time to Talk book clubs are a means to increase awareness, knowledge and levels of cultural competency in the workplace and the community.  Attendees will receive information on how to facilitate a book club and information about the different book sets (provided by the Cleveland Public Library) that are available for review and check-out.  

On February 23, 2015, the YWCA Greater Cleveland convened "It’s Time to Talk: Forum on Race." Cleveland Public Library Director, Felton Thomas and others from the Library were in attendance, along with leaders from major corporations, religious groups, non-profit groups, community organizations, colleges and high school students.  All came together to talk about the complicated issue of race. Participants were guided by trained facilitators equipped with tools designed to get the conversation started.  At the end of the forum, participants were asked to consider what they could do—individually and collectively as part of an organization—to continue the conversation.

The YWCA Greater Cleveland is encouraging the participation of representatives from over 40 organizations to "continue the conversation" on race by attending this special reception on Thursday, April 16, 2015, from 5:00 to 6:30 at the Cleveland Public Library, Main Building, 2nd floor, 325 Superior Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44114.

For more information about this event, please contact the YWCA Greater Cleveland at 216.881.6878.

 

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Since 1935, the Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards have recognized important contributions to our understanding of the diversity of human cultures. Today it remains the only American book prize focusing on works that address racism and diversity.  On Wednesday, April 1, 2015, the Cleveland Foundation announced the winners of the 80th annual Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards.  The winners will be honored in Cleveland on September 10, 2015, at a ceremony in the Ohio Theatre at PlayhouseSquare. For more information, go to www.anisfield-wolf.org, and click on the image above to print/download the press release.

2015 Winners
Marlon James, A Brief History of Seven Killings. Fiction
Richard S. Dunn, A Tale of Two Plantations. Non-Fiction
Jericho Brown, The New Testament. Poetry
Marilyn Chin, Hard Love Province. Poetry
David Brion Davis, Lifetime Achievement

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Join us on Saturday, April 18, 2015, for our latest installment of Cleveland Public Poetry.  We are pleased to present Caryl Pagel as our featured poet. The author of the  collections Twice Told and Experiments I Should Like Tried At My Own Death, Pagel is currently the Director of the Cleveland State University Poetry Center.

The reading will begin at 1:00 P.M. in the Literature Department of Cleveland Public LIbrary's Main Library, 325 Superior Avenue, Cleveland, Ohio, 44114.  There will be an open mic session following Caryl Pagel's reading. 

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Celebrate National Poetry Month with James Shea and Catherine Wing at Mitchell's Ice Cream in Cleveland's Ohio City neighborhood at 1867 West 25th St. on Monday, April 6, 2015, at 7:00 P.M.

Nationally recognized Ohio poets James Shea and Catherine Wing will visit Mitchell's Ice Cream in Ohio City to read their poetry in celebration of National Poetry Month. James Shea will launch his newly released collection of poems, The Lost Novel.

FREE ice cream for all who attend!



This program is in partnership with Mac's Backs Books who will have both books for sale at the event.
 

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Congratulations to Sarah Binau, winner of Ohio's 10th annual Poetry Out Loud state finals!  The state finals were held on Saturday, March 7, 2015 at the Lincoln Theatre in downtown Columbus.  To earn the win, Sarah, a senior at Bexley High School in the Columbus suburb of Bexley, recited "After Apple-Picking" by Robert Frost, "Onions" by William Matthews, and "The Author to Her Book," by Anne Bradstreet.  Moments after winning, she said, "I am overwhelmed. It's been a fantastic ride."

As the state champion, Binau earned a $300 prize and an all-expense paid trip to compete in the Poetry Out Loud national finals in Washington, D.C., April 27-29, 2015.   At the national finals, Binau will represent Ohio and compete to become the national champion.  The total award pool is $50,000, including a $20,000 top prize for the winner.  "I can't wait for what comes next," she said of competing in the national finals. 

To learn more about this event, click on the photo to read the Ohio Arts Council press release.  (Photo Credit: Tadd Callentine, source: The Columbus Dispatch Online)

Poetry Out Loud is presented by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation in partnership with the Ohio Arts Council and state arts agencies nationwide. The program encourages high school students to learn about great poetry, master public-speaking skills, build self-confidence, and study their literary heritage.

 

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Enchantee coverCongratulations to Ohio poet Angie Estes for winning the 2015 Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award for her 2013 book Enchantee. Presented by Claremont Graduate University, the $100,000 award is among the most prestigious in America for a mid-career poet.

Angie Estes is currently a faculty member in the low residency Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing program at Ashland University.  Additionally, she has taught creative writing at several other locations, including both Oberlin College and The Ohio State University here in Ohio.

The Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award is the latest in a long string of awards and honors for Estes. Tryst (2009) was selected as one of two finalists for the 2010 Pulitzer Prize; Voice-Over (2002) won the 2001 FIELD Poetry Prize; The Uses of Passion (1995) was the winner of the Peregrine Smith Poetry Prize. Estes is also the recipient of many other awards, including a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Pushcart Prize and the Cecil Hemley Memorial Award from the Poetry Society of America,

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Cleveland Public Library and the Ohio Center for the Book present a new graphic novel discussion series: Women Warriors

What does it mean to be a female superhero? What does it mean to be a superhero of a race other than white? In this series we will explore the intersections of both race and gender in superhero comics from various perspectives. We will read comics where the lead character is a female superhero of a race other than white. We will also explore what happens when it is not the superhero but a female supervillain that is of a different race than the hero. We will discuss different types of feminisms, the epidemic of sex trafficking, and various other topics related to women and gender. Join us for this new ongoing discussion and discover how even superheroes are not free of prejudice.

WHEN: 1st and 3rd Thursdays at 4:00 PM | March - May 2015
WHERE: Literature Department, 2nd floor, Main Building

Click on "Read More" to see topics, dates, and to link to titles available in Cleveland Public Library's online public access catalog. Click on the image (left) to download/print the flyer. 

About Your Host. Valentino Zullo began his studies in comics at Kent State University many years ago. He now holds a Master of Arts in English and Women’s Studies from Bowling Green State University where he studied Comics as Literature. He is currently a student at the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences at Case Western Reserve University. He is also an early admissions student for psychoanalytic training at the Cleveland Psychoanalytic Center. Valentino believes in Literature, Social Justice and the Superhero Way!

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From the Ohio Arts Council press release dated 2/18/2015:

The Ohio Arts Council will host the tenth annual Poetry Out Loud State Finals on Saturday, March 7, 2015, at the Lincoln Theatre, 769 East Long Street, Columbus, Ohio. The day-long event, held from 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., brings together school champions from many of the 59 registered high schools throughout the state to compete for the chance to represent Ohio at the Poetry Out Loud National Recitation Contest to be held in Washington, D.C., April 27-29, 2015.  Poet and Oberlin College professor Kazim Ali will share his original poems between rounds in the state competition. His volumes of poetry include Sky Ward (winner of the 2014 Ohioana Book Award in Poetry), The Far Mosque, The Fortieth Day, and the poetic memoir Bright Felon: Autobiography and Cities.  Former State Senator Eric H. Kearney of Cincinnati will serve as emcee for the final round of the state competition.  The state finals are free and open to the public.  For more information, call 614.728.4445.

In 2006 Jackson Hille of Columbus won the very first Poetry Out Loud national championship; the 2014 Ohio state champion, Lake Wilburn of Centennial High School in Columbus, finished second at the National Finals, winning $10,000. The winner at the state level receives $300 and an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C. to compete for the national championship. The state winner's school receives a $500 stipend for the purchase of poetry books for its library.  The runner-up receives $100, with $200 for his or her school library.  Additionally, a total of $50,000 in awards and school stipends will be awarded to the winners at the National Finals.  To see a list of the participating high schools in Ohio, print the Ohio Arts Council Press Release by clicking the "Poetry Out Loud" image above.

Poetry Out Loud is presented by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation in partnership with the Ohio Arts Council and state arts agencies nationwide.  The Ohio Poetry Out Loud finals are presented in partnership with Thurber House, the Ohioana Library, the Ohio Center for the Book at Cleveland Public Library, and Tuesday Musical Association.

To learn more, click on "Read More" and visit poetryoutloud.org for more information on this national program and Poetry Out Loud the Ohio Arts Council website for more information on the Ohio program.

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Cleveland Public Library and the Ohio Center for the Book present: Get Graphic! A Graphic Novel Speaker Series. In this new installment of the Get Graphic! with Ohio Center for the Book, A Graphic Novel Discussion series, scholars and comics industry artists will explore the evolving world of comics in a series of lectures beginning February 28, 2015. The guest speakers are: Tony Isabella, Dr. Vera Camden, Marc Sumerak, and Dr. Brad Ricca. One speaker will be featured one Saturday each month starting February 28 with Tony Isabella and ending Saturday, May 30, with Dr. Brad Ricca. The series will be hosted by graphic novel comics scholar Valentino Zullo. Click "Read More" to learn more about the speakers and topics, and click the image (above) to print the flyer for this event.

Each lecture will be held in the Literature Department at 4:00 p.m. at Cleveland Public Library, Main Library, 2nd floor.  Cleveland Public Library is located at 325 Superior Avenue. Each lecture is free and open to the public. For more information about this event, call the Literature Department at 216.623.2881.

About the Host. Valentino Zullo began his studies in comics at Kent State University many years ago. He now holds a Master of Arts in English and Women’s Studies from Bowling Green State University where he studied Comics as Literature. He is currently a student at the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences at Case Western Reserve University. He is also an early admissions student for psychoanalytic training at the Cleveland Psychoanalytic Center. Valentino believes in Literature, Social Justice and the Superhero Way!

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Join us for the annual "Poetry of Love" open mic poetry reading at 12:00 noon on Wednesday, February 11, 2015 at Cleveland Public Library, Main Library, 325 Superior Avenue. The poetry reading will take place in the Literature Department.

Come and share an original or classic poem that celebrates the romantic tradition of Valentine's Day.  Feel free to bring your lunch and listen as we celebrate poetry and the spoken word!. Light refreshments will be served.  For more information contact the Literature Department at 216-623-2881.  Click the invitation (at left) to print/download flyer for this event.

 Viola: "I will have poetry in my life. And adventure. And love, love above all."  Shakespeare in Love 

Say something of love . . .

The staff of Ohio Center for the Book at Cleveland Public Library has made it easy for you to express your heartfelt feelings on the matter of love!  All you have to do is visit the Ohio Center for the Book, located in the Literature Department in the Main Library. There you will find pens and paper (hearts) to write down what ever you'd like to say about love, and then tape it onto the Poetry of Love board!

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What are you planning to read this year?. . . And next year?  Why not Choose to Read Ohio and experience Ohio’s rich literary heritage firsthand!  Choose to Read Ohio (CTRO) is a project of the State Library of Ohio, in collaboration with the Ohioana Library Association and the Ohio Center for the Book. The goal is to encourage readers of all ages to become familiar with writers of every genre.  To that end, every two years CTRO offers a book list highlighting books by talented authors and illustrators with Ohio ties.  In an article published online for the January 2015 issue of Ohio Magazine, CTRO’s coordinator Janet Dwyer, offers this observation: “It is breathtaking how many really, really good authors we have here.  There’s truly something for every age and interest on this list.”  The online article lists CTRO’s selections for 2015-16; click here to link to the article.

One of the titles on the CTRO 2015-16 booklist is Rin Tin Tin: The Life and the Legend by Susan Orlean.  It is the story of the most famous German Shepherd in the world, Rin Tin Tin.  In her powerfully moving account, Orlean chronicles the abandoned dog’s rescue from a World War I battlefield to his rise to become a Hollywood movie star and pop culture icon. It is also a love story—of the bond between humans and animals. The January 2015 issue of Ohio Magazine features an interview with Susan Orleans; to read Ohio Magazine's Q&A with Susan Orlean click here.

Download Choose to Read Ohio Booklist for 2015 and 2016

Click here to download the booklist (pdf format).

Choose to Read Ohio Toolkits
CTRO toolkits enhance the reading and discussion experience, with author biographies and photos, book summaries, discussion questions, project ideas and extension activities, connections to academic content standards, and links to entertaining and educational resources.  Click here and you will be directed to CTRO's web page to download a toolkit (pdf format).  NOTE: Toolkits for 2015 & 2016 titles are in development and will be posted as each is completed.

 

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