All poets are welcome to participate - having 60035 as your zip code is not a requirement
Michael Escoubas / Mary Jo Balistreri
Reading & Poetry Open-Mic
Saturday, June 29
7 PMNew Start Time 6 PM
Coffee Speaks @ Port Clinton
610 Central Avenue, Suite 155
Michael Escoubas, a late bloomer who began writing poetry for publication at age 66 after retiring in 2013 from a 48-year career in the printing industry. Prior to this he read, studied and educated himself in poetry for approximately 25 years. His interest in poetry was spawned in childhood by his mother who encouraged him by saying, you have a gift for words and I hope you do something with that gift. Now 71, Michael serves as editor and staff book reviewer for Quill and Parchment, a 17-year old cultural and literary arts online poetry journal. His poems have been published over 200 times in a variety of venues.
Mary Jo is the author of three books of poetry. “Joy in the Morning”and “gathering the harvest”(Bellowing Ark Press,) “Still,” (Future Cycle Press,) and a chapbook, Best Brothers, (Tiger's Eye Press.) She has recent work in Wilda’s Poetry Blog, Plainsongs,Poetry East, Avocet, Crab Creek Review,Quill and Parchment,Minerva Rising,Persimmon Tree,Bramble, Good Works Review, and The Ekphrastric Review. Poetry Store House has offered videos and a sound scape of two of her poems. She has nine Pushcart nominations and four Best of the Net. In the past three years, Mary Jo has been studying and writing haiku and haibun. She finds it begs slowing down, making her more present in her day to day life. Mary Jo is one of the founders of Grace River Poets, an outreach for women's shelters, churches, and schools.
Poets are welcome to bring up to three poems to share. All are invited to share in the word magic.
There is no cover charge but participants are expected to order an item from the cafe.
Submissions are no longer accepted for the 2019 Poetry Challenge. Please visit the website in April 2019 to discover the poems selected by our judges.
The 2020 Poetry Challenge will be announced in October 2019.
2019 Poetry Challenge
Deadline - Monday, January 28, 2019
Poets are challenged to write in response to one of the prompts:
Chemistry(in honor of 150th anniversary of Dmitry Mendeleev's Periodic Table of Chemical Elements)
Oz (in honor of 100th anniversary of author L. Frank Baum's death and 50th anniversary of The Wizard of Oz film release)
Tricube (a simple poetic form by Phillip Larrea comprised of 3 syllables per line / 3 lines per stanza / 3 stanzas per poem)
Download form for submission guidelines, entry form and Tricube instructions. Questions? Contact email@example.com.