The 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 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.