Last Week to Buy Tickets for “Poetry at Perkins: In Celebration of the Night Sky!”

We are in the countdown, now, to our benefit reading for Perkins Observatory: The Place for Space! If you’ve been waiting to buy tickets, don’t delay any longer. Space is limited, and tickets will NOT be available at the door. Order yours today, and join us to hear eight truly stellar central Ohio poets–Scott Woods, Rose M. Smith, Beverly Wilkinson, Mark Belletini, Stephanee Killen, Susan Hendrickson, Bill Hurley, and Paula J. Lambert–read work celebrating the cosmos. It’s a night you won’t want to miss.

The Poets of Perkins Observatory: Our own Paula J. Lambert!

Paula J. Lambert is a new Residency Artist for the Ohio Arts Council Arts Learning Program and the author of two books of poetry: The Sudden Seduction of Gravity (Full/Crescent Press, 2012) and The Guilt That Gathers (Pudding House, 2009). She has published poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction in numerous journals and anthologies. She is a past recipient of an Ohio Arts Council Individual Artist Fellowship and was a resident fellow at the Virginia Center for Creative Arts. Lambert’s M.F.A.in Creative Writing is from Bowling Green State University. She currently resides in Dublin, Ohio, with her husband Michael Perkins, with whom she operates Full/Crescent Press.

You can follow Paula on her website blog, on Twitter @pjlambert_poet, or sample quite a bit of her work published online here at Tweetspeak Poetry.

Note that a book table will be available at the reading, with books available for purchase and signing.

Limited seating available! Buy your tickets HERE to the event–all proceeds benefit Perkins Observatory: The Place for Space!

The Poets of Perkins Observatory: Bill Hurley!

Bill Hurley’s retirement business card reads, “Poet, Astronomer, World’s Luckiest Man.”  A retired video and multi-media producer, Bill spends his time as a regular contributor at Writer’s Block Poetry Night, Peripatetic Poets and other open mic venues around the country. He won The Thurber House’s 2005 Thurber Treat award, and many other video industry awards.

Bill is an avid astronomer, a trustee and webmaster for The Columbus Astronomical Society (CAS) and a public speaker for both CAS and other outreach programs. This summer, Bill will join the Special Programs faculty of The Chautauqua Institute in New York where he will teach “An Introduction to Amateur Astronomy.”

Bill is currently working on publishing his first collection of poems entitled “No Weeds in Wahkeenah” which he expects to be released in 2014. He enjoys being both an astronomer and a poet, and marvels at how similar the two endeavors are.

In addition to reading his own poetry, Bill will act as Master of Ceremonies and will read works by Robert Frost, David Levy, and Carl Sagan.

Note that a book table will be available at the reading, with books available for purchase and signing.

Limited seating available! Buy your tickets HERE to the event–all proceeds benefit Perkins Observatory: The Place for Space!

The Poets of Perkins Observatory: Susan Hendrickson!

Poetry, writing classes and the encouragement of loved ones led Susan Hendrickson to want to create a chapbook for her husband, Jack. Pudding House Publications published Recognition of the Deep, and she became a member of Salon, where each poet has an opportunity to critique their work with peers and have a lot of fun and support. Susan has poems in the anthologies Whatever House We come From and Love Poems and Other Messages for Bruce Springsteen (both from Pudding House) and From Under the Bridges of America (Sweet MO Press).Her work has appeared in Spring Street, the Columbus State Community College’s literary and visual arts journal, and various editions of Pudding Magazine. Lately, she’s been editing that magazine! Susan is a member of the Ohio Poetry Association and co-chairs Peripatetic Poets, a monthly series that offers stimulating readings and open mic opportunities to the community. Her family and annual trips to Maine lighten and enlighten her life.

See a sample of Susan performing her work here and here. Note that a book table will be available at the reading, with books available for purchase and signing.

Limited seating available! Buy your tickets HERE to the event–all proceeds benefit Perkins Observatory: The Place for Space!

The Poets at Perkins Observatory: Beverly Wilkinson!

Beverly Wilkinson is originally from Newark, Delaware. She was the first ever SlamMaster for a Poetry Slam, Inc., certified venue in the state of Delaware and the first to coach a team from Delaware to national competition. She sat on the board for the Delaware Literary Connection and on the advisory board for the Newark Arts Alliance. Beverly also coordinated volunteer contributions in the art of poetry each year with Camp Imagine, a summer arts program for children. She has led workshops and taught writing classes at both the DLC and the NAA. Beverly has authored three chapbooks of poetry as well as having her work appear in anthologies, local magazines and online journals. Now living in Columbus, Ohio, she is a devout weekly attendee to the house of Writers’ Block held at Kafe Kerouac on North High Street.

Note that a book table will be available at the reading, with books available for purchase and signing.

Limited seating available! Buy your tickets HERE to the event–all proceeds benefit Perkins Observatory: The Place for Space!

The Poets at Perkins Observatory: Mark Belletini!

Mark Belletini comes from a family of immigrant coal miners from Emilia in Italy, who raised him in Detroit. He spent his first 25 years there, his second 25 years in the Bay Area of California, where he studied for the Unitarian Universalist ministry and served two congregations there. He is now 16 years into his Columbus, Ohio, time, serving the large congregation here in Clintonville. He loves to cook the cuisine of his heritage. He has also been a voice through the years of the GLBTQ communities. He draws and sketches, writes poetry, mostly for his services, but also for himself. His book of sequences (words that lead into a time of silence every Sunday) was published by Skinner House under the title of Sonata for Voice and Silence. His adopted son Tony and his remarkable friends both in California, Michigan, Ohio, Massachusetts, Florida, New York, and other places (Chile, Mexico, Romania) spark the beat of his heart. He has always been fascinated by the vistas and mysteries offered by astronomical studies and observation, and works this fascination into many of his poems.

Read a sample of Mark’s work here. Note that a book table will be available at the reading, with books available for purchase and signing.

Limited seating available! Buy your tickets HERE to the event–all proceeds benefit Perkins Observatory: The Place for Space!

The Poets at Perkins Observatory: Stephanee Killen!

Stephanee Killen is a poet, entrepreneur, and the author of Buddha Breaking Up: A Guide to Healing from Heartache and Liberating Your Awesomeness. As senior editor and owner of Integrative Ink, a publishing pre-production company she established in 2001, Stephanee has edited work for numerous authors, including books appearing on the The New York Times Best Sellers list. She has published articles in elephant journal and Huffington Post. In 2014, she was accepted as a juried poet for the Columbus Arts Festival and is a regularly performing poet based in Columbus, Ohio.

Here’s a lovely sample of Stephanee’s prose work, on embracing your fears. You can follow Stephanee on twitter @stephaneekillen or on this Facebook page.

Note that a book table will be available at the reading, with books available for purchase and signing.

Limited seating available! Buy your tickets HERE to the event–all proceeds benefit Perkins Observatory: The Place for Space!

The Poets at Perkins Observatory: Rose M. Smith

Rose M. Smith is an IT requirements analyst living in Columbus, Ohio. Her works have appeared in Main Street Rag, The Pedestal Magazine, Pavement Saw, Boston Literary Magazine, The Examined Life, and other journals and anthologies. She is author of Shooting the Strays (Pavement Saw Press, 2003) and A Woman You Know (Pudding House Publications, 2005), co-editor of Cap City Poets: Columbus and Central Ohio’s Best Known, Read, and Requested Poets (Pudding House Publications, 2008), and a Poets’ Greatest Hits series inductee (now managed by Kattywompus Press). She a Cave Canem Fellow and one of the organizers of The Poetry Forum, Columbus’ longest-running poetry series.

An inspiring poet and performer, you can see Rose on the stage here at TEDx Columbus 2011.

Note that a book table will be available at the reading, with books available for purchase and signing.

Limited seating available! Buy your tickets HERE to the event–all proceeds benefit Perkins Observatory: The Place for Space!

The Poets at Perkins Observatory: Scott Woods

The first poet who will be reading with us at “Poetry at Perkins: In Celebration of the Night Sky!” is a well-known figure in the Columbus poetry scene. Scott Woods is the author of We Over Here Now (2013, Brick Cave Books) and has published and edited work in a variety of publications. He has been featured multiple times in national press, including multiple appearances on National Public Radio. He was the President of Poetry Slam Inc. and MCs the Writers’ Block Poetry Night, an open mic series in Columbus, Ohio. In April of 2006 he became the first poet to ever complete a 24-hour solo poetry reading, a feat he bested with six more annual 24-hour readings without repeating a single poem.

Read a sample of Scott’s work here, or see the same poem performed here.

Note that a book table will be available at the reading, with books available for purchase and signing.

Limited seating available! Buy your tickets HERE to the event–all proceeds benefit Perkins Observatory: The Place for Space!

Thanks, Love, and What’s Up Next!

We would like to officially thank those of you able to join us at the CSCC Writers Conference and Book Fair. Last year’s Book Fair was our first ever, and we had a single book to sell–also our first, Paula’s The Sudden Seduction of Gravity. This year, we had two terrific books with the addition of George Looney’s Structures the Wind Sings Through, plus our new broadside to benefit The Malala Fund. It seemed, overall, a pretty remarkable landmark celebration…though we do wish we’d gotten some better photos of the table! We offer you this, snapped at the end of a busy but wonderful day, just before we started the somewhat bittersweet process of packing things back up for another day. (Special thanks go out, by the way, to the two awesome helpers not pictured here, Sayuri Ayers and Zach Hannah, who helped make it possible for us to keep the table manned while we also presented our two conference sessions!)

We will continue to keep you posted on news and events related to all of our work but will be focusing the blog space here, for a while, on introducing you to the poets involved in the reading we’ve organized to benefit Perkins Observatory. They are a terrific bunch of Central Ohio-based poets, and the observatory is a terrific cause for us to support. We are, after all, Full/Crescent Press, and we do so love the moon and stars!