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!

41st Annual Writer’s Workshop at Sinclair Community College

Paula J. Lambert will be presenting at the 41st Annual Writer’s Workshop at Sinclair Community College in Dayton on November 10th. In a session titled “The Author/Editor Relationship (and What a Small Press Can Do for You!)”

What, exactly, is an editor’s job? In this session, we’ll explore the nature of the relationship between authors and editors, touching on the often-far-more-personal partnership writers find when working with small press publishers.

Full/Crescent Press titles will be available for purchase at the Library Loggia from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., including both Lambert’s The Sudden Seduction of Gravity and George Looney’s Structures the Wind Sings Through.

Upcoming Readings by George Looney

We’re very excited about two upcoming readings by our newest author, George Looney. Back from a year-long sabbatical, George will be reading as part of the Smith Creative Writers Reading Series at Penn State, Erie, the Behrend College. The official kick-off to the publication, the reading will take place at Smith Chapel on September 11, 2014. It is free and open to the public; start time is 6:00 p.m., preceded by a 5:30 p.m. reception.

Professor of English and Creative Writing and founder of the BFA program at the Behrend College, George is Editor-in-Chief of Lake Effect, A Journal of the Literary Arts. Previously, he was long-time editor of Mid-American Review and still works as their Translation Editor. He taught in the BFA and MFA Programs at Bowling Green State University. Cincinnati born and raised, he was the 2011 Ohio Poet of the Year.

George will be back in Ohio reading for Borderlands: Poetry at the Edge at Main Street Books in Mansfield, Ohio, on Saturday, September 20th. His co-feature will be Christina Brooks. The reading takes place from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.

Full/Crescent Press will have copies of Structures the Wind Sings Through available at both events. His previous publications include Monks Beginning to Waltz, A Short Bestiary of Love and Madness, Open Between Us, The Precarious Rhetoric of Angels, Attendant Ghosts, Animals Housed in the Pleasure of Flesh, and the novella Hymn of Ash.

Our Goal…

…for The Furcula Project is to raise $1,500 for The Malala Fund. Won’t you join us?

100% of profits from sales of our broadside, illustrating Paula J. Lambert’s poem “Anatomy of Birds, Part 1: Furcula”–which was written for and is dedicated to Malala Yousafzai–will be sent directly to The Malala Fund. Read what Paula has to say about the project here. Read all you can about Malala and her incredible work here. And order your broadside today, Malala Day, here.

Thank you.

Books and Broadsides Available at Riffe Gallery Poetry Reading!

Books and broadsides will be available at the Poetry Reading and Open Mic at Ohio Art Council’s Riffe Gallery this Thursday evening, June 5th, from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. With each new gallery exhibition, Riffe brings in a new featured poet to read. The venue is lovely, and we just love the present show, “Impressive Impressions: Selections from Ohio University’s Kennedy Museum of Art Print Collection.”  Paula J. Lambert is being introduced as a Residency Artist for the OAC’s Arts Learning Program, and she’s written some new ekphrastic poems specifically for this featured reading. We’ll have copies of The Sudden Seduction of Gravity available, as well as the new “Furcula Project” broadside (which features Paula’s poem “Anatomy of Birds, Part 1: Furcula”).

Join us, won’t you?

Thank You…

…to all who joined us for our first Community Reading, “Poetry at Perkins: In Celebration of the Night Sky!” It was such a lovely evening, and, together, we raised $800 for continued good works at Perkins Observatory! We could not have done it without the participating poets who volunteered their time and talents (pics available on our Facebook page here!) and without those who purchased tickets and joined us in Delaware for a true celebration of cosmos. The weather was perfect, and volunteers from the Columbus Astronomical Society set up four telescopes on the front lawn AND they opened the dome for us all to view the rings of Saturn! It could not possibly have gone better, and we’re supremely grateful to everyone who made it possible.

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!