PRESS RELEASE: “Vending Machine: Poetry for Change”

Poet’s Haven to Release New Magazine as Part of Food Drive on November 20
Massillon, Ohio, United States of America
October 30, 2010
The Poet’s Haven announces the release of a new magazine as part of Love Initiative’s Music for Meals food drive.

The Poet’s Haven has teamed with The Love Initiative to bring the Music for Meals food drive to “Saturday Night With The Poet’s Haven” on November 20th.  As an added incentive for donations, The Poet’s Haven will be publishing a limited edition chapbook/zine titled “Vending Machine: Poetry for Change,” that will be given FREE to anyone who donates non-perishable food items during the show.  Food donations will go to the Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank.


November 20th’s “Saturday Night With The Poet’s Haven” event will be at the Angel Falls Coffee Company in Akron, and will feature poets Steve Brightman and Eric “Verbal Influence” Odum.Steve Brightman is 1/4 cup dijon and whole grain mustard, 1/4 cup honey, 1/4 cup ground coffee, and 1/4 cup deep dark molasses. He lives in Kent, Ohio, with his pionus parrot and thinks that PNC park is the finest cathedral in North America. His poems have been featured in “Pudding House,” “Kansas City Voices,” “Origami Condom,” “My Favorite Bullet,” and he was included in the Ohio Bicentennial Anthology titled “I Have My Own Song For It: Modern Poems about Ohio.”

Eric “Verbal Influence” Odum is a 20 year old poet hailing from Cleveland, Ohio. He has been part of Playhouse Square’s SlamU! program for the past five years. He is a peer mentor, running workshops and working on a personal level with teens on performance and writing. He was part of Cleveland’s National Youth Poetry Slam team for the past three years. He also runs a poetry group called Spit Poet Spit, which performed at Urbean Joe’s Coffee this past September. Eric is the founding member of an after school poetry group called New Age Poets. He started writing at the age of nine and began performing at fifteen. He has released one chapbook, “Unspoken Declarations,” and has a CD in the works called “Verbal Therapy.”

Angel Falls Coffee is located at 792 West Market Street, Akron, Ohio 44303, in Akron’s Highland Square district.