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The Academy of American Poets Awards $1.1 Million to 22 Poet Laureate
Across the Country in Support of Public Projects
Poem for Cleveland
workshops strive to inspire Clevelanders
with anthology release
and director of Twelve Literary Daniel Gray-Kontar, in
presenting the Lifetime Achievement Award to
poet Ray McNiece recalled their time together in 1994, when they both were on a team
representing Cleveland at the National Poetry Slam
Championship, and won?as Gray-Kontar noted?the first national
championship for Cleveland since the Cleveland Browns, 30
years earlier. He recalled the so-very-Cleveland opening
line from McNiece?s poem Grandfather?s Breath: ?You work.
You work, Buddy. You work.? McNiece could be heard performing that poem in coffee shops and much
larger stages all those years ago.
All the people receiving recognition in the evening?s ceremony would
know the truth of that line.
Newsletter, Poet's Org: https://mailchi.mp/poets/march-21-2023-academy-newsletter
Here is the link to the Ray's interview: https://poets.org/text/poets-laureate-fellows-interviews-ray-mcniece
More than a
Ceremony: Cleveland Arts Prize - Collective Arts Network - CAN
Poet Raymond McNiece also was honored in 2021. McNiece has been writing
and performing poetry in Cleveland and around the US and the World for
decades, but for people outside that world, his skills might not be well
known. His performance this year made clear why he got the recognition,
as he poured love for the city against a relentless blues that touched
on neighborhoods and people, the color gray, and the
river running through its rusty heart.?
Excerpt above, full article here:
HEIGHTS ARTS NAMES
AS 10TH CLEVELAND HEIGHTS POET LAUREATE
In his announcement of his new
role, McNiece said, ?Yesterday I posted a tribute to my mother and
it really was
her encouragement to follow my dreams to be a poet (my immigrant
Grandparents were drilling ?Doctor, Lawyer, Engineer?
in my head all through my childhood) that has brought me here. That, and
the love of poetry instilled by my father?s mother
Zelma McNiece Cline, who always told me if you learn a poem by heart it
lives with you your whole life!?
McNiece is known for his collaborations with other poets, spoken word
artists and musicians, so he?s ideally suited to expand the poet laureate role in multiple ways and he is bursting with ideas.
Ray McNiece for Ekphrastacy reading at Heights Arts
WTAMU: SLAM POET
RAY'S BAND TONGUE
Every Third Sunday of the month
(hiatus for January)
Fillmore Presidential Library
bar & grill
Rd, Cleveland, OH 44110
Feature: Conor Bracken and Love Poems
March 19th, Feature: TBA, plus Irish
songs and poems
April 16th, Feature: AAP Poem for
Cleveland Intern Reading -
Raja Belle Freeman, Symone
Prewitt, Elana Pitts, Lila Shubert, Jaida Robinson
and rebirth/spring poems
May 21st, Feature: Siarra Freeman, and Taurus Party
June 18th, Feature: Bruce Weigl and father's day
July 16th, TBA
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