Monday, August 15, 2011

Sips Cafe Poetry and Music Night

A celebration of poetry and music at Sips Coffee House

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

6:30 – 9:00 P.M.


101 South Main Street   Mount Vernon, Ohio




Featured Poets

David Francis Smith is a Columbus based poet with roots in Southwestern Ohio and the agricultural aristocracy of the New Deal family farm. Although largely unpublished in print, a selection of early work can be found on the Internet at  Several poems also appear on Ereignis at – the English language website of 20th century German philosopher, Martin Heidegger.  Current projects include coffee house and bookstore readings and work on a teaching-book of poetics, Commonplace Things About Poems.  David is a member of the Greater Cincinnati Writers League, The Ohio Poetry Association and The Academy of American Poets.


Chuck Salmons is currently newsletter editor and secretary for the Ohio Poetry Association. He won the 2011 William Redding Poetry award and his poems have appeared in several journals and anthologies, as well as Best of Ohio Poetry Day 2006. He’s written numerous book and chapbook reviews for the OPA newsletter and performed various readings around the state of Ohio. Heavily influenced by movies, music, art, and comic books, his poems often examine how popular culture helps us explore and explain the relationships, experiences, and memories in our daily lives. Chuck works as publications editor for the Ohio Geological Survey and currently lives in Columbus with his wife, Beth.


Featured Musicians

Annie La Rue’s first gig was as an opener for singer-songwriter Seth Ellsworth at Scottie MacBean's in Worthington in 2001. Her music speaks poetically to the heart of the listener, and is described as a folk/singer-songwriter with spiritual roots. "God put a song in my heart", says Annie La Rue, "and I intend to sing it."


CJ Knight has performed in various bands over the past 15 years, living the dual life of a drummer/acoustic guitarist since 1992.  He graduated with a Music Degree and English Minor, from Jacksonville State University in Alabama, and has preformed all over the Southeast, hitting coffee houses, dive bars and festivals.  CJ recently relocated to Ohio, and is working on reaching and developing a new regional audience. 


Artists’ Work Available For Purchase

Open Mic Will Follow Evening’s Entertainment


Evening’s M.C.- Mark Hersman, Poet

For more information, contact Mark at


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