“Metaphors Be with You!” ~Bill Hurley, Master of Ceremonies.

Metaphors Be With YouThe inimitable Bill Hurley will once again be Master of Ceremonies for our SECOND ANNUAL benefit reading for Perkins Observatory. “Poetry at Perkins: In Celebration of the Night Sky” will be held tonight, May 16th, at 8:00 p.m. Tickets are still available and can be ordered HERE, through the Columbus Astronomical Society. They will also, this year, be available at the door.

We thank Bill–a volunteer docent at the observatory, member of CAS, and terrific poet besides–for all he’s done in helping coordinate this event. It’s been quite a year for Bill, pictured here with the original T-shirt he designed for the event last year. He’s newly married and recently celebrated the completion of cancer treatment by getting on his recumbent bicycle to train for the Pelatonia fundraiser he’ll be riding in later this summer. Quite a fellow he is, and a wonderful friend and partner in helping Full/Crescent Press coordinate this wonderful community celebration.

We thank, too, all the poets who have volunteered their time and talents. We are so honored to have, and can’t wait to hear, Steve Abbott, Rachel Wiley, Fred Kirchner, Betsy Clark, Aaron Alsop, Sayuri Ayers, Michael Stout and Chiquita Mullins-Lee.

Special thanks, as always, to additional volunteers from CAS, and to the always-great-fun Tom Burns, Director of Perkins Observatory: The Place for Space!

We hope to see you there!

The 2015 Poets at Perkins Observatory: Chiquita Mullins-Lee!

Chiquita Mullins-LeeChiquita Mullins-Lee is the final poet reading for Poetry at Perkins 2015: In Celebration of the Night Sky! Chiquita is Arts Learning Program coordinator for the Ohio Arts Council. She has received fellowships from both the Ohio Arts Council and Greater Columbus Arts Council, including an OAC Individual Excellence Award in creative writing. She was OAC’s 2007 Summer Writer-in-Residence at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, MA, and has been published in national literary anthologies. She was nominated for a Pushcart Prize and is featured on the Long Street Cultural Wall in Columbus, Ohio. Recently, she performed in Dave Carley’s, Twelve Hours, named among Columbus Dispatch’s Best in Theater 2014, and she writes and performs with Columbus-based Wild Women Writing. Her critically-acclaimed play Pierce to the Soul premiered in 2010 at CATCO and has toured with A Portable Theatre Company. She is a member of New Covenant Believers Church and has been involved in the drama and media ministries.

Tickets are now selling fast to this event–order yours HERE today!

The 2015 Poets at Perkins Observatory: Michael Stout!

Michael StoutMichael Stout is the next poet reading for Poetry at Perkins 2015: In Celebration of the Night Sky! Michael is a graphic designer who lives in Marion, Ohio. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Ohio Wesleyan University. In addition to reading at central Ohio venues since 2009, he was a featured poet at Columbus’ Peripatetic Poets for National Poetry Month in 2013 and has twice performed on the Columbus Arts Festival’s Word Is Art stage.

Tickets are now selling fast to this event–order yours HERE today!

The 2015 Poets at Perkins Observatory: Aaron Alsop!

Aaron AlsopThe next poet reading for Poetry at Perkins 2015: In Celebration of the Night Sky! whom we’d like to spotlight is Aaron Alsop. Aaron is a father of two sets of twins. His work reflects the edges of madness, desolation, and joys that this situation requires. The sky has always been one of his muses. He is fascinated with boundaries, the seemingly boundless, and the exhaustively mundane. One day soon he will compile a selection of his works that appropriately contains/balances these paradoxes. In the meantime, he reads out loud sometimes and is grateful to anyone who listens.

Tickets are now selling fast to this event–order yours HERE today!

The 2015 Poets at Perkins Observatory: Sayuri Ayers!

Sayuri AyersThe next poet reading for Poetry at Perkins 2015: In Celebration of the Night Sky! whom we’d like to spotlight is Sayuri Ayers. Sayuri earned her MA at The Ohio State University and has taught English as a Second Language at the community and university level.  She won first place in the Academy for American Poets University and College Poetry Prize competition.  Her work can be found in the Santa Clara Review, Relief, and The Silver Birch Press. She lives in Columbus, Ohio, with her husband and son.

The 2015 Poets at Perkins Observatory: Betsy Clark!

Betsy ClarkThe next poet reading for Poetry at Perkins 2015: In Celebration of the Night Sky! whom we’d like to spotlight is Betsy Clark. Betsy is from Columbus, Ohio, and is the 2015 Writer’s Block representative for Women Of The World Poetry Slam. Author of two self-published chapbooks, The Moon That Hung Like a Paper Plate Over Most Everything and Spooky Ghosts, Betsy spends much of her time attending open mic poetry nights and helping organizing events in the community. When she isn’t poeting she is a hair stylist, student, and lover of bats.

The 2015 Poets at Perkins Observatory: Fred Kirchner!

Fred KirchnerThe third poet reading for Poetry at Perkins 2015: In Celebration of the Night Sky! is Fred Kirchner. Fred’s chapbook, Platform of an Unacknowledged World Legislator, won the 2005 Main Street Rag Chapbook Contest. His poetry has also appeared in several anthologies–The Art of Bicycling: A Treasury of Poems (Breakaway Books, 2005); Cap City Poets: Columbus and Central Ohio’s Best Known, Read, and Requested Poets (Pudding House, 2008); and The Pudding House Gang (Pudding House, 2009). Fred works for the Dayton Metro Library as a Teen Librarian where his job is to make the library cool.  Here’s what he’s tried thus far:  conducting Nerf Fencing contests, acting out Greek myths, and performing yo-yo tricks in language arts classrooms; leading 4th grade poetry workshops; coaching a middle school chess program; and offering Science Labs to area homeschoolers.  He once rode a bike from Dayton to Richmond, IN and back—just for good tacos.

The 2015 Poets at Perkins Observatory: Rachel Wiley!

Rachel WileyThe second poet who will be reading for us at Poetry at Perkins 2015: In Celebration of the Night Sky is Rachel Wiley. Rachel is a poet and body positive activist from Columbus, Ohio, where she is on staff at Writing Wrongs Poetry Slam. She has competed in multiple national and international poetry slams and her work has been featured on Upworthy, The Huffington Post, and Everyday Feminism. Her first full length poetry collection Fat Girl Finishing School was released in 2014 from Timber Mouse Publishing.

The 2015 Poets at Perkins Observatory: Steve Abbott!

Steve AbbottThe first poet who will be reading for us at Poetry at Perkins 2015: In Celebration of the Night Sky is Steve Abbott. Steve is emeritus professor of English at Columbus State and a founding member of Columbus’s Poetry Forum. He is widely published and has edited the poetry anthologies Cap City Poets, a collection of work by 74 central Ohio poets, and Everything Stops and Listens, featuring work by members of the Ohio Poetry Association. He has been associate editor of several literary journals and edits the Ohio Poetry Association’s annual journal Common Threads.

Poets Announced for our Second Annual Benefit Reading at Perkins Observatory!

Full/Crescent Press is proud to announce the talented poets who will be performing for our SECOND ANNUAL benefit reading “Poetry at Perkins: In Celebration of the Night Sky.” The event this year is scheduled for Saturday, May 16th, 8:00-10:00 p.m., and our readers will be Steve Abbott, Rachel Wiley, Fred Kirchner, Betsy Clark, Aaron Alsop, Sayuri Ayers, Michael Stout, and Chiquita Mullins-Lee! Our host for the evening will once again be the wonderful Bill Hurley. Mark your calendars! Ticket purchase information should be available on our Community Readings page by the end of the week, and we will start posting full poet bios there as well.

You can also watch for updates at the ”Poetry at Perkins” Facebook Page, and follow Full/Crescent Press on Facebook and Twitter. We’ll keep you regularly updated as full details become available. Thank YOU for helping us help Perkins Observatory: The Place for Space!