Calling all poets! Join us for a new poetry open mic every second Sunday of the month. It's open to all poets, 18 and over. We'll follow a round-robin format, with a featured reader to begin. You may bring more than one poem to read.
Mimi Plevin-Foust has worn many hats in addition to her lifelong commitment to writing. She has worked as a glass artist, bartender, documentary film producer, and career consultant. Her poetry, screenplays and articles have been published by Carve Magazine, LearnVest/Forbes.com, Fourteen Hills, POZ Magazine, Sanskrit Literary-Arts Magazine, SCRIPT and more. Mimi received an M.F.A. in Dramatic Writing from NYU and recently won the Gordon Square Review Poetry Contest. She’s produced or associate produced documentaries aired on PBS, screened at film festivals, and distributed nationwide. She shares a 105-year-old home in Cleveland with assorted Airbnb guests as well as her husband, daughter, and cats.
Her publications and prizes are many. She has been included in: Carve Magazine, Forge, Fourteen Hills, Gordon Square Review, Sanskrit, Spank the Carp, Stickman Review, and Willow Review
She has won the Gordon Square Review Poetry Contest for her poem On the Anniversary of the Kent State Shootings. She was the 2016 Fellow, Cleveland Jewish Arts and Culture Lab, and won the Rose Low Rome Memorial Prize in Poetry and The Kim Ann Arstark Award in Poetry. She was a finalist for, Writers Guild of America East Foundation Fellowships, for film treatment of Insecurity and the screenplay The Blonde. Semi-Finalist, the Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for screenplays Behind the Veil and Yaddo (in top 30 scripts of 3400 submitted). New York Foundation for the Arts Artist-in-Residence at I.S. 137’s Gifted and Talented Program, Bronx, NY, sponsored by Bronx Creative Arts for Youth, and the Leo Jaffe Scholarship. Tisch School of the Arts, New York University.
Her favorite authors are: Aliki Barnstone, Zeina Hashem Beck, Billy Collins, Barbara Myerhoff, Mary Oliver, and Grace Paley.
M.A. "Doc" Janning was sworn in as the City of South Euclid's inaugural Poet Laureate in October 2018. Doc grew up in East Cleveland and, after graduating from Western Reserve University and the Ohio College of Podiactric Medicine, became a Podiatrist. He's been active in the Boy Scouts of America for over 40 years. He also writes fiction, memoir, and nonfiction. His Facebook page, "Tears of My Soul," has nearly 6000 followers worldwide.