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Poetry Speaks Fall 2017

Posted about 1 year ago by Jan C

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How Ghosts Travel by James J. Siegel

Main Library’s Poetry Speaks returns! Time to gather our poetry community together and welcome home James J. Siegel, a Toledo native who now lives in San Francisco. His debut book, How Ghosts Travel is an Ohioana Book Award finalist (and may actually have won by the time of our event. Fingers crossed). Siegel’s poems are grounded in familiar landscapes and filled with memories and reflection, as in this excerpt from his poem, Map:

There is a peace with everything in reach.

Each neighborhood a thumbnail

or two away from the schoolyard,

the schools an eyelash from the factories

fuming on the riverbanks.

Even God and country close at hand-

the VFW hall just two blocks from the Methodist Church.

Poetry Speaks featuring Ohioana Book Award Finalist and Toledo Native James J. Siegel with Jim Ferris, Cathryn Essinger, Jonie McIntire, and Myrna Stone

Wednesday, August 23, 2017 | 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Main Library | McMaster Center
325 Michigan Street
Toledo, OH 43604
No Registration Required

About the poets:

James J. SiegelJames J. Siegel is the author of the poetry collection How Ghosts Travel from Spuyten Duyvil Press, which was recently nominated as a finalist for the Ohioana Library Book Award. A Toledo Native, Mr. Siegel currently lives in San Francisco where he hosts and curates a monthly show called Literary Speakeasy, which showcases Bay Area authors, poets, and songwriters. His work has appeared in several journals including The Cortland Review, Assaracus, Borderlands: Texas Poetry Review, The Good Men Project, and more.
Jim FerrisJim Ferris is the current Poet Laureate of Lucas County. He is an award-winning poet and performance artist, author of Slouching Towards Guantanamo, Facts of Life, and The Hospital Poems. Ferris, who holds a doctorate in performance studies, has performed at the Kennedy Center and across the United States, Canada and Great Britain; recent performance work includes the solo performance piece “Scars: A Love Story.” His writing has appeared in dozens of publications, ranging from the Georgia Review to Text & Performance Quarterly, from the Michigan Quarterly Review to weekly newspapers. He has won awards for creative nonfiction and mathematics as well as performance and poetry. Ferris holds the Ability Center Endowed Chair in Disability Studies at the University of Toledo, where he directs the Disability Studies Program.
Cathryn EssingerCathryn Essinger is the author of three prize winning books of poetry: A Desk in the Elephant House, My Dog Does Not Read Plato, and What I Know About Innocence. Her work has appeared in a wide variety of journals, from Midwest Gothic to The Southern Review, The Antioch Review and Poetry. Her poems have been read on the Writer's Almanac, nominated for Best of the Net, and will soon be reprinted in American Life in Poetry. She is a retired Professor of English and a member of The Greenville Poets, a small but well published poetry group that has been together for over 25 years.
Jonie McIntireJonie McIntire is the author of Not All Who Are Lost Wonder (Finishing Line Press, 2016). Proud to be on the board of the Toledo Streets Newspaper and Sylvania Avenue Neighbors, she is also a founding member of Toledo Poetry Museum, and Almeda Street Poetry Co-op. Her work has been published in the online journal Red Fez, in the anthology Sam & Andy’s Uptown Café through Westron Press, in the print journal Khroma, in the Hessler Street Fair Anthology 2016 and has even been stamped into cement as part of The Arts Commission of Greater Toledo’s Sidewalk Poetry series. Her poem “Work Night” won 2nd place in the Toledo City Paper Poetry Contest in 2015 and her short poem “43612” won an honorable mention in 2017 Ode to the Zip Code contest. She lives in Toledo, Ohio with her artist/autoworker husband, two teenagers, and Betty Charlotte Beaglesworth and Ralph Alpha Sprout, her dogs.
Myrna StoneMyrna Stone is the author of five full-length books of poetry, and the recipient of two Ohio Arts Council Fellowships, a Full Fellowship to Vermont Studio Center, and the 2001 Ohio Poet of the Year Award for her first book. A two-time finalist for the Ohioana Book Award in Poetry, her poems have appeared in over fifty journals and in nine anthologies. In 2015 she presented five lectures on Poetry as a member of the faculty at the Antioch Writers’ Workshop. Stone is a founding member of The Greenville Poets, a well-published group that meets monthly in Greenville, Ohio.
Jim Ferris

Poetry Speaks : A Poetry Writing Workshop featuring Jim Ferris

Does your community inspire you? Are you a poet or would you like to learn more about writing poetry? Join us for a community-based poetry writing workshop led by Jim Ferris, the current Lucas County Poet Laureate. The workshops are free. Registration is required.

Saturday, October 7, 2017 | 2:00 - 4:00 pm
Main Library | Huntington Room
325 Michigan Street
Toledo, OH 43604
Registration Opens September 4, 2017

Wednesday, November 1, 2017 | 6:30 - 8:30 pm
Waterville Branch Library | Meeting Room A
800 Michigan Avenue
Waterville, Ohio 43566
Registration Opens October 1, 2017

Looking for poetic inspiration? Check out the poetry books featured below:
Eyes glowing at the edge of the woods : fiction and poetry from West Virginia / edited by Laura Long and Doug Van Gundy Pecking order / Nicole Homer Ordinary cruelty / Amber Flame
XX : poems for the twentieth century / Campbell McGrath The January children / Safia Elhillo ; foreword by Kwame Dawes Said not said : poems / Fred Marchant
Scribbled in the dark : poems / Charles Simic Fast : poems / Jorie Graham Simulacra / Airea D. Matthews ; foreword by Carl Phillips

For more information on any of the programs listed above, please call 419.259.5218 or email

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