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!

George Looney’s Structures the Wind Sings Through to be released this week!

We are now taking pre-orders for George Looney’s Structures the Wind Sings Through! We expect to have our first shipment back from the printer later this week, and we’ll be celebrating its Columbus release at the 2014 Columbus State Community College Writers Conference Book Fair on Saturday, April 26th. You can find all information about the conference here. Note that George will also be taking part in a conference panel called “What’s the Big Idea? When Poetry and Philosophy Intersect,” along with poet Jeff Gundy and our own Michael Perkins (3:15-4:15 p.m.). George will be available for signing throughout the day.

Full/Crescent Press Continues to Grow!

We have an exciting year coming up. Full/Crescent Press continues to grow!

We expect to make this page a regularly updated blog and will get on that soon. Meanwhile, we continue to tweak the site and announce our newest projects on each new page as they  develop. We’re very excited about both The Furcula Project and our newest author, George Looney, who’s Structures the Wind Sings Through will be released this April.

The first really big local launch for both projects will be at the Columbus State Community College Writers Conference where we will once again have a table at the Book Fair. The date for that is April 28, 2014. Michael, Paula, and George will all be among those participating in the conference sessions and final reading–you can check out all the presenters here–and we’ll have copies of The Sudden Seduction of Gravity, Structures the Wind Sings Through, and the new “Furcula” broadside all for sale!

Continue to watch this page for more details and announcements, and follow us on Facebook and Twitter!