Thursday, January 20, 2011

Upcoming Sips Coffee House Night

A Celebration of Poetry and Music

Tuesday, January 25th, 2011 From 6:30-9pm

The Fourth Tuesday of Every Month 101 S. Main St. Mt. Vernon, Ohio 43050

Featured Poets

Louise Robertson lives in central Ohio with her two freakishly charming children. Widely published in small press journals, Robertson graduated from Oberlin College and earned an MFA from George Mason University. A winner of the Mary Roberts Rinehart award for a poetry manuscript, she has won the Columbus Arts Festival poetry competition twice and performs in poetry slams locally and regionally. She has been instrumental in bringing national poetry events to central Ohio for several years.

Paula J. Lambert was born and raised in small-town New England, worked through her life as a sign painter, ice cream maker, carnie, obit writer, tutor and English professor.  She has now settled quite happily in the Midwest with her “geeky” partner, William Michael Perkins.  Trying out life as a full time writer, she seeks representation for her completed memoir, Fruit of My Wound and is working on a full-length collection of poems entitled The Sudden Seduction of Gravity. Lambert has been teaching at the college level for 18 years, including fiction, poetry and performance poetry classes. 
Featured Musician
Sarah Goslee Reed lives in rural Mount Vernon, Ohio with her husband and numerous pets.  Her recent CD, “It’s About Time” is a tribute to her dad, George Goslee, former principal bassoonist with the Cleveland Orchestra.  For many years Sarah has been involved with Camp Nuhop, a camp for children with learning disabilities and behavioral disorders. Sarah still plays classical music in her local symphony orchestra, and has been known to put her education to use by being a microbiologist. She loves nature and animals and surrounds herself with both.

Artists’ Work Available For Purchase

Open Mic to Follow Evening’s Entertainment

Evening’s M.C.- Mark Hersman, Poet
For more information, contact Mark at

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Panel Discussion: Billy Collins and His Poetry

Wednesday, January 12, 7:30 p.m.
Jeffrey Mansion, 165 North Parkview Avenue, Bexley, Ohio

Join these poets and scholars as they discuss the life and work of 2011 Bexley Community Book Club Selected Author Billy Collins. A former US Poet Laureate, Collins is prolific, publishing eight collections of poetry, including Questions About Angels, The Art of Drowning, Picnic, Lightning, Taking Off Emily Dickinson’s Clothes, Sailing Alone Around the Room: New & Selected Poems, Nine Horses, The Trouble With Poetry and Other Poems, and Ballistics.

Panelists will examine various aspects of Billy Collins, so that the audience can walk away with a better understanding of his work as a whole. Those who are interested in poetry, in literary works in general, or in the work of Billy Collins are encouraged to attend.

The event is free and open to the public.
For information, call 614.338.2093

Andrew Hudgins (moderator) has published seven books of poetry: American Rendering: New and Selected Poems, Shut Up, You’re Fine!, Ecstatic in the Poison, Babylon in a Jar, The Glass Hammer, The Never-Ending, After the Lost War, and Saints and Stranger. Hudgins is also the author of a collection of literary essays, The Glass Anvil and editor of James Agee: Selected Poems. Saints and Strangers was one of three finalists for the 1985 Pulitzer Prize in Poetry; After the Lost War received the Poets’ Prize in 1989, and The Never-Ending was one of five finalists for the National Book Award in 1991.

David Macey hails from Lakeland, Florida: land of lightning and alligators. He studied poetry at both Boston University and Ohio State. His own work has recently appeared or is forthcoming in Third Coast, The Journal, and Mayday.

Alex Fabrizio grew up in Orlando and studied English and Religious Studies at the University of Florida. She is currently a first-year MFA student in poetry at The Ohio State University, where she is a University Fellow.

Ben Glass is a MFA candidate at Ohio State where he studies poetry. His poems, prose and reviews are published or forthcoming in Birmingham Poetry Review, Gulf Coast, Pleiades, Tar River Poetry, and 32 Poems.