Due to circumstances beyond control, Joshua Gage will not be able to feature at this coming Friday’s Stardust Poetry show at Karma Café in Canton, OH. His feature appearance has been rescheduled for June 21st’s show. Due to *other* circumstances not directly related to that, the release of Josh’s Inhuman: Haiku from the Zombie Apocalypse has also been delayed. The official launch will now be at June 21st’s show, but pre-ordered copies will ship before that date. I expect the book to be printed before the end of May.
May 17th’s Stardust Poetry show will now feature storyteller and novelist Marcus V. Calvert and the poetry-and-music pairing of Ingrid Westberg and Emmanuel C. Bey! Marcus V. Calvert is a native of Detroit with a nigh-uncontrollable imagination. He’s been writing science fiction since he was eight. Even when life often got in the way, he couldn’t give up writing. In 2011, he released Unheroic, his first collection of short stories. Two additional short story collections followed, and now he’s working on his fourth book, a novel, to be released in fall 2013. His goal is to make up for lost years and to put out as many books as possible before he leaves this Earth. For him, the name and the fame aren’t important. Only the stories matter. Ingrid Westberg is an artist, poet, songwriter, and musician from Akron, Ohio, and Emmanuel C. Bey is the lead vocalist and songwriter of the the funk-rock band Full Effect.
June 7th’s First Friday Poetry Spectacular will feature Mark S. Kuhar! Mark S. Kuhar is a writer, poet, editor, publisher, artist, and songwriter. He is the author of Acrobats in Catapult Twist (2003), Laughing in the Ruins of Chippewa Lake Park (2004), E40th & Pain: Poems from Deep Cleveland (2006) and Mercury in Retrograde (2012). He was a featured poet in the book Cleveland Poetry Scenes. He is the founder of the Deep Cleveland Poetry Hour (a live monthly spoken-word event) and is the proprietor of Deep Cleveland LLC, which includes Deep Cleveland Press and the Deep Cleveland Junkmail Oracle, a literary e-zine dedicated to the spirit of legendary outlaw poet, artist, and underground publisher d.a. levy. This show will be the debut of Mark’s newest book, Universe Gone Dancing: A Manic Cosmology.
June 21st’s Stardust Poetry will feature John Burroughs and Joshua Gage. Joshua Gage is an ornery curmudgeon who graduated from the Low Residency MFA Program in Creative Writing at Naropa University. He has a penchant for Pendleton shirts, rye whiskey, and any poem strong enough to yank the breath out of his lungs. He stomps around Cleveland in a purple bathrobe and hosts the monthly Deep Cleveland Poetry Hour. This will be the official launch of Josh’s latest book, Inhuman: Haiku from the Zombie Apocalypse. John Burroughs is a north-east Ohio poet and publisher. He is the author of many chapbooks including Electric Company, Water Works, and The Eater of the Absurd. For around a decade, John served as a full-time playwright and occasional music director in residence for the Ministry of Theatre at Marion Correctional Institution. In 2007 he had a top-ranked blog on MySpace, after which John won the first poetry slam he ever competed in, formed the Poets of Lorain County, has contributed to the Cleveland Poetics and Ohio Poetry Association blogs, and is perhaps most proud of his work as the founding editor of Crisis Chronicles Press. This will be the debut of John’s latest book, It Takes More Than Chance to Make Change.