Saturday, September 12, 2015

BeatStreet Cleveland is only ONE WEEK AWAY! Important UPDATES!

BeatStreet Cleveland is only seven days away, and I am SOOOO excited about all the great things happening as we get ready, oh Daddio, to go WILD at the Barking Spider!

First, please help me spread the word that BeatStreet Cleveland will be running on REAL TIME NOT POETS' TIME!  We will begin promptly at 3pm and will end at 7pm.  We have secured a venue within walking distance for the afterparty, and will announce it at BeatStreet.  Plan on grooving with us after the show!  Bongos and berets optional.

You know how d. a. levy said he wanted to cover the city with lines?  Yesterday, I covered the city with signs.  I still have more posters to hang.  The programs are being printed.   I also met up with Jenna from the Barking Spider.

Jenna has invited you to bring sandwiches, salad, pizza, or any other food you like to BeatStreet Cleveland.  The Barking Spider will have beer, beer, and beer.  And beer.  Did I mention beer? 

Jenna also told me about parking.  The Barking Spider is located behind the Coffee House between Juniper and Bellflower Roads.  There are metered lots behind the Spider on Bellflower.  Parking on the street is tricky, especially on a Saturday, so plan on getting there early if you want a spot on the street.  There's a parking garage a couple blocks away, on Ford, across from Hessler Street.  Weather should be decent, so walking from the garage is a viable option.

Today, I received a box full of delectable minibooks from Richard Robert Hansen at Poems-For-All, with a series of special editions marked "BeatStreet Cleveland"!  I'm delighted beyond words, and honored by his generosity. 

This afternoon, I worked on getting the door prizes packaged and ready to go, and you won't believe what we have to give away!  Thanks to the generosity of Mac's Backs Books, Guide to Kulchur, Crisis Chronicles Press, Ghost Pony & Abraxas Presses, Poems-For-All, John Dorsey, and Kevin Eberhardt, with a few things from NightBallet Press thrown in, we have 9 packages containing such goodies as:

I Greet You at the Beginning of a Great Career-The Selected Correspondence of Ferlinghetti and Ginsberg 1955-1997

Zen Concrete & etc. by d.a. levy

Bright Moments-A Collection of Jazz Poetry  -- this one contains poems by A. Baraka, Jack Micheline, Frank O'Hara, and Jack Kerouac

For Aldous' Sake  -- art and poetry by local artist Kevin Eberhardt

The Night Market by D. R. Wagner

The Fall of America-Poems of These States 1965-1971 by Allen Ginsberg

Beat Attitudes by John Burroughs

John Dorsey stamps, signed (only 50 of these signed stamps exist)

and much more!

One more week, people, and BeatStreet Cleveland will HAPPEN.  See you there!

Saturday, April 25, 2015

The National Beat Poetry Festival Is Coming to Cleveland!

Exciting news!  The National Beat Poetry Festival is coming to Cleveland, Ohio!  And why not?  Cleveland's own d.a. levy (1942-1968) shook up the poetry and small press scene with his poetry, art, and alternative approaches to publishing.

"Levy's work was recognized by such nationally renowned poets as Allen Ginsberg and Gary Snyder," and "became a local symbol for Freedom of Speech after he was arrested and charged with contributing to the delinquency of a minor in 1966 at a poetry reading in which he allowed juveniles to read work that was deemed obscene by city officials." "As the self-publishing...revolution of the 1960s unfolded, levy, using a second-hand letterpress, published the work of many Cleveland poets, including Russell Salamon, Kent Taylor, Russell Atkins, and Grace Butcher."* There were a number of poets active in this "Mimeograph Revolution" in Cleveland during the sixties, including levy, Salamon, Taylor, Tom Kryss, and rjs.
The official mission statement of The National Beat Poetry Festival:
 "The National Beat Poetry Festival is...dedicated to hosting, collaborating, and fostering joint partnerships for Beat themed poetry readings, workshops, plays, radio shows and much more locally and across America--and even internationally at times...the Beat Generation's significant writings and history of its original prime movers lives on from its inception in the early 1940's, and its legacy continues today by way of new writers, poets and artists of disparate influences and means of expression. The NBFP is committed to not only supporting venues in existence, but also in developing new venues where cultural preservation and the works of new artists can show yesterday meeting the living voices of today. NBFP's activities promote literacy and open exchange dialogue which incorporates the Beat history and art at its base, to break boundaries and bridge cultures with new thought, ideas, and free expression."

Events will be happening throughout the month of September in Connecticut, Massachusetts, Indiana, Oklahoma, West Virginia, Long Island, New York City, Kansas City, Pittsburgh, Berkeley, Fredonia, Milwaukee, Minneapolis, Phoenix, Denver, Albuquerque, San Antonio, Baltimore, New Orleans, San Luis Obispo, Chicago, Augusta Georgia, Charlotte NC, Newport News Virginia, Clearwater Florida, Venice California, Posznan Poland, Nigeria, Greece, Liverpool England, Bangalore India, Stockholm Sweden,  and Grabserberg Switzerland.  New events are added daily!

And it's, like, coming to Cleveland, Daddio!

On Saturday September 19, 2015, Cleveland, OH will celebrate The National Beat Poetry Festival with the event BeatStreet Cleveland at the Barking Spider Tavern, 11310 Juniper Rd, from 3pm to 7pm, featuring poets and live music, with free admission.

YOU are invited to join us for this historic Happening! 

Confirmed guests:

D.R. Wagner

 D.R. Wagner is an author, visual artist, and musician. He founded press : today : niagara in 1965 and Runcible Spoon in the late 60s, producing over fifty magazines and chapbooks. He co-wrote The Egyptian Stroboscope with d.a. levy and read with Jim Morrison of the Doors in a legendary reading with Morrison and Michael McClure. He also has read with Ferlinghetti, Al Winans, Anne Waldman, and many other poets over the past forty years. Wagner's work is much published. He continues to design interior carpeting and tapestry, as well as write, perform, and publish poetry regularly.

Alex Gildzen
(New Mexico)

Alex Gildzen is a poet and artist who uses film as the basis of his work.  He entered Kent State University in 1961, and while still an undergraduate had poems published in American Weave and Snowy Egret.  He met d.a. levy in 1965; levy published him in the Buddhist Third Class Junkmail Oracle.  Hugh Fox included Gildzen in his 1973 anthology The Living Underground.  Crisis Chronicles Press published his book Ohio Triangle earlier this year to celebrate his 72nd birthday.  Find Gildzen at 
Arroyo Chamisa.

Theresa Göttl Brightman

Theresa Göttl Brightman won first place the first time she competed in a poetry slam.  She has won numerous awards, and has been heard throughout Ohio and points beyond, including Chicago's Vegan Mania, and 89.7 WOSU radio.  Her work has appeared in print and online publications including Pudding Magazine and Rubbertop Review.  Her full length collection of poetry is Stretching the Window (Buffalo ZEF 2007); a new collection is due out in 2016 from Coda Crab Press.  You haven't experienced her poetry until you've seen and heard her perform it!


John Burroughs

John Burroughs, writer, editor, musician, and composer, is the author of The Eater of the Absurd and numerous poetry chapbooks; his poem "Lens" was nominated for the Pushcart Prize.  His poems include "Cannot Believe William S. Burroughs Is Dead" and "Allen Ginsberg Wants You".  Since 2008 he has been editor/publisher for Crisis Chronicles Press.  Burroughs performs his dynamic poetry across the rust and coal belts.  His new book Beat Attitude (from NightBallet Press) will debut at BeatStreet Cleveland.


Joining John Burroughs: musician Étienne Massicotte:

Étienne Massicotte (Montreal)

Étienne Massicotte is a musician newly located to Cleveland, working as a trumpeter, composer, and teacher. He is currently engaged with the Tesla Orchestra of Case Western Reserve University, composing and arranging music for a performance this fall to feature three musicians of the Cleveland Orchestra and a spectacular array of lightning-emitting beacons known as Tesla Coils. Previous engagements include appearances with the Ashland Symphony and four seasons with the Ohio Light Opera Festival Orchestra.

Sean Thomas Dougherty

Sean Thomas Dougherty's books include Nightshift Belonging to Lorca, Except by Falling, Broken Hallelujahs, Sasha Sings the Laundry on the Line, and All You Ask For is Longing.  His awards incl
ude 2 Pennsylvania Council for the Arts Fellowships in Poetry. Known for his electrifying performances, he has toured extensively across North America and Europe. His 1st featured reading over 25 years ago was at the Jack Kerouac Festival.

   Ingrid Swanberg (Wisconsin)
Ingrid Swanberg is the founder/publisher of Ghost Pony Press, and editor-in-chief of Abraxas Magazine.  She holds a PhD in Comparative Literature from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  Garrison Keillor has read her poetry on The Writer's Almanac.  She co-authored  D.A. Levy & the Mimeograph Revolution, and  published a definitive collection of the work of d.a. levy, Zen Concrete & Etc.  Her two new poetry collections are Ariadne & Other Poems (Bottom Dog Press, 2013) and Awake (Green Panda Press, 2014).

Larry Smith (Ohio)

Larry Smith is the biographer of Kenneth Patchen and Lawrence Ferlinghetti. He also has done biographical work with Ingrid Swanberg in d.a. levy & the mimeograph revolution (Bottom Dog Press). He has published numerous books of poetry, and wrote and produced two films on Ohio authors James Wright and Kenneth Patchen. Smith lives on the fringe of Cleveland in Huron, Ohio, where he directs Bottom Dog Press publications.

 Jim Lang (Ohio)

Jim Lang, poet, photographer, artist, in his own words:

born in th 40's died in th 50's thrived in th 60's loved in th 70's coasted in th 80's predicted in th 90's reprised in th 2K's ~ a poet/photographer he published in newspapers magazines and small press books for 40 years ~ he taught at universities high & grades schools free & controlled ~ he hung at galleries from columbus to toronto ~ & he read & showed off & slept on walls & floors & lawns from sea to shining sea ~ "a @ 5 made fotos @ 16 & pots @ 50 a phopopotographer a little of each shows up" 

Steven Smith (Ohio)

Steven Smith--poet, memoirist, photographer, blogger, and collage/assemblage artist--has been writing poetry for nearly five decades. For more than 20 years he published the famed ArtCrimes journal. He created a massive online art/poetry archive at, and a wide array of his poetry and collages have been published in the critically acclaimed Zen Over Zero: Selected Poems 1964-2008 (The City Poetry Press). Smith makes his home in the Tremont neighborhood of Cleveland, Ohio.

aaaaand the Peace, Love, & Music of Zach!

Zach Freidhof (Ohio)

Zach, recently named "Humanitarian of the Year" by Akron Magazine, is a yogi, Kingian Nonviolence Trainer, and World Peace Diet Facilitator. He is also a fantastic musician who believes “We should manifest ourselves in exquisiteness every chance we get.” Zach professes this mantra, his life’s philosophy, on his latest release, The Antidote, his 15th release is as many years. With a friend, he created the Akron Peace Project to spread nonviolence in the self, the home, and the community. Coupled with his Love Initiative movement, his music--naturally very hopeful and optimistic--has been able to lend its voice to the power we all have to change ourselves and the world. Learn more at

Mark your calendars for this Very Special Event.  Cleveland's heart will BEAT brightly with BeatStreet at the Barking Spider in September!

Learn more about The National Beat Poetry Festival
See where events will be held in other cities, states, and countries, and get involved HERE
*Passages about d.a. levy quoted from The Cleveland Memory Project; read more HERE