Poetry Reading

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Poets Burroughs, Kendig, Miltner, and MurphyJoin us for a relaxed afternoon of poetry reading on Saturday, April 29, from 2:30 to 5 p.m., in Rodman Main Auditorium. Four Ohio poets will read from their published works and at the conclusion of all reading will invite attendees to ask questions. The poets participating in this event include John Burroughs, Diane Kendig, Robert Miltner, and Melanie Murphy.

John Burroughs is a poet, playwright, and publisher living in Parma, Ohio. He is the author of chapbooks, pamphlets containing a small collection of poetry, including Water Works, Electric Company, and The Eater of the Absurd. Burroughs served as a full-time playwright and occasional music director in residence for the Ministry of Theatre at Marion Correctional Institution. He formed Lorain County Poets and PoetryElyria, and is founding editor of Crisis Chronicles Press, publishing acclaimed poetry, memoir, and fiction by independent authors from Ohio and around the world.

Diane Kendig has been a poet, writer, translator, editor, and teacher for many years. She has five poetry collections, including Prison Terms (forthcoming, June 2017) and recently co-edited the anthology In the Company of Russell Atkins. A recipient of two Ohio Arts Council Fellowships in Poetry and a Fulbright lectureship in translation, she has published widely in journals such as J Journal, Ekphrasis, and Wordgathering.  In 2011 she moved from Boston to her childhood home in Ohio, where she blogs at “Home Again.”

Robert Miltner teaches undergraduate creative writing at Kent State University at Stark and is on both the poetry and fiction faculties of the Northeast Ohio Master of Fine Arts Program (NEOMFA), a consortium of Kent State University, Cleveland State University, The University of Akron, and Youngstown State University. He has published numerous books such as And Your Bird Can Sing, Eurydice Rising, and Hotel Utopia. His anthologies and journals include Christmas Stories from Ohio, Bellingham Review, and The Potomac. Miltner won the Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence Award in Poetry for 2014, New Rivers Press Many Voices Project book award in poetry for Hotel Utopia, and chapbook awards from the Wick Poetry Center for Against the Simple.

Melanie Murphy received her BA in English from Kent State University East Liverpool, and is currently a graduate assistant in the NEOMFA at Kent State University. Her concentration is in poetry, but she is also studying creative nonfiction. Her work has been published in Cutthroat, a Journal of the Arts, the anthology, The Chronicles of Eve, and is forthcoming in Bordersenses, a Bilingual Literary and Arts Journal. Her current interest is a documentary poetry project based on her great-great-grandfather’s diaries from 1850 when he crossed the United States from Iowa to California during the gold rush.  

No registration is needed. This event is supported by the Friends of Rodman Library and is free and open to the public ages 13 through adult. Refreshments will be available. For more information, call the Main Library at330-821-2665, ext. 216.



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