Calling all poets! "Second Sunday Poets" changes its day and time and becomes "First Wednesday Poets" this summer! Join us for a poetry open mic, open to all poets 18 and over. We'll follow a round-robin format, with a featured reader to begin. Bring two poems that each take no longer than five minutes to read. You're also welcome to come just to listen.
Siaara Freeman is from Cleveland, where she is the current Lake Erie Siren and a teaching artist for Center For Arts Inspired Learning and The Sisterhood Project in conjunction with the Anisfield-Wolf Foundation. She is a 2021 Premier Playwright fellow with Cleveland Public Theater. She is a 2020 Watering Hole Manuscript fellow, a 2018 Winter Tangerine chapbook fellow, and a 2018 Poetry Foundation incubator fellow. Her work appears in The Offing, BOAAT, Tinderbox, Josephine Quarterly, and elsewhere. She has toured nationally and internationally, and is co-founder of Outsiders Queer Midwest Writers Retreat.
In her spare time, she loves to be by a lake, thinking about Toni Morrison, and talking to ghosts.
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.