"Vending Machine" food drive at First Friday Poetry Spectacular!


The Love Initiative’s “Music for Meals” food drive may have wrapped up (after collecting over 1,000 lbs. of food!), but the Akron-Canton Foodbank still needs donations!

If you missed out on getting a copy of “Vending Machine: Poetry for Change” at November’s “Saturday Night With The Poet’s Haven” event, you now have a second chance at tonight’s Canton First Friday Poetry Spectacular!  “How do I get one?” you ask.  Why, it’s simple!  Bring a non-perishable food donation to tonight’s show (cans and/or boxes only, no glass jars) and you can trade your donation for a copy of this awesome poetry anthology.  Quantities are limited, so they will only be available until we run out.  The food donations will go to the Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank.

Tonight’s Poetry Spectacular features Robert Miltner.  Robert Miltner teaches literature and creative writing at Kent State University’s Stark campus. He is the author of “Hotel Utopia,” selected by Tim Seibles as winner of the New Rivers Press book prize, and a dozen chapbooks, including “Against the Simple” (Wick chapbook award). Miltner has published poems in “Artful Dodge,” “Barrow Street,” “LIT,” “Diagram,” “Pleiades,” “Prose Poem,” “Sleeping Fish,” and “Sentence,” and short fiction in “Istanbul Literary Review,” “Apple Valley Review,” “Storyglossia,” “Ophelia Street,” “Perigee,” and “Christmas Stories from Ohio.” He is working on a novel, “Tempest,” and edits “The Raymond Carver Review” (http://dept.kent.edu/english/RCR/).

Canton’s First Friday Poetry Spectacular takes place at the Kathleen Howland Theatre, downstairs at the Second April Art Gallerie (324 Cleveland Ave. NW  Canton, OH  44702).  Sign-up time for the open-mic and poetry slam is at 7:00, with the open-mic starting promptly at 7:30.

See you there!  :-)