Lee Chilcote will read from his newest chapbook of poetry, How to Live in Ruins, released in August by Finishing Line Press. He'll be joined by three friends reading from their works: Catherine R. Donnelly, Susan Petrone, and Toni K. Thayer.
Lee Chilcote is cofounder and Executive Director of Literary Cleveland. His articles have appeared in Vanity Fair, Next City, Belt, Planning, Land and People and numerous other publications. His poetry and creative nonfiction have been published by Great Lakes Review, Pacific Review, Oyez Review, Blueline and others. His essays have appeared in the books Rust Belt Chic: A Cleveland Anthology, The Cleveland Neighborhood Guidebook, and A Race Anthology. In 2017, his poetry chapbook The Shape of Home was published by Finishing Line Press. He is a graduate of Cleveland State University and Lincoln College at Oxford University.
Catherine R. Donnelly can’t decide if she is a lawyer who writes poetry or a poet who practices law. Catherine has published her poetry locally and nationally, most recently in Conclave: A Journal of Character, and has practiced law in federal, state and local courts from West Virginia to Bedford Heights. She thrives on doing things her way and making known the unbearable beauty of being. Catherine is a happy, if unorthodox, grandmother and resident of Cleveland, Ohio, with a live-in husband and a budding poetess pit bull named Penny.
Susan Petrone’s short fiction has been published by Glimmer Train, Muse, Conclave, and Whiskey Island. She is the author of the novels The Super Ladies (2018), Throw Like a Woman (2015), and A Body at Rest (2009), which won a bronze medal for regional fiction from the Independent Publishers Book Awards (IPPY). Her short story, “Monster Jones Wants to Creep You Out” (Conclave, 2010), was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. On the nonfiction side, Susan’s work has appeared on CoolCleveland.com and ESPN.com, and she co-owns the Cleveland Indians blog, ItsPronouncedLajaway.com, for ESPN.com’s SweetSpot network. She is also one of the co-founders and a board member of Literary Cleveland (litcleveland.org). Susan lives with one husband, one daughter, and far too many animals in a little house near some medium-sized woods.
Toni K. Thayer is a writer in many disciplines. Her plays have been performed in Cleveland, Chicago, and New York. Her one-act Angst:84 is published by Heartland Plays, and her fiction and nonfiction has appeared locally and nationally in venues such as Edible Cleveland, MUSE, Angle, Umbrella Factory, Northern Ohio Live, RH Reality Check, and on WCPN 90.3. Toni received a 2016 Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence Award in playwriting. Of late, she has also dabbled in poetry. Toni teaches Upper School English and Creative Writing at Hathaway Brown School in Shaker Heights and resides in Cleveland Heights in a small house full of books, music, food, and family.