“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!