Poetry in the Woods
Thursday May 23, 2013
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Bertram Woods Branch
Enjoy poetry read by regional poets,Catherine Criswell, Ray McNiece, and Max Stark.
Catherine Criswell is a resident of Shaker Heights and a member of the Cleveland Pudding House Salon writing group. She performs her poetry at The Barking Spider with Ray McNiece`s band, Mac`s Backs, and the former Bela Dubby. In the fall of 2012, she began a new poetry and prose series at Mahalls 20 Lanes in Lakewood, which she hosts one Monday a month. Her poems are published by The Lit, and she has one chapbook, Growing Girls (Writing Knights Press, 2011). She also won Ohio City Writers` 2012 Valentine`s day poetry slam. Criswell has two daughters, one a sophomore at Shaker Heights High School and one a 2012 graduate
Ray McNiece is the author of six books of poems and monologues,and has written and performed two solo theatre works, and one collaborative theatre work.
McNiece has been described as “a modern day descendant of Woody Guthrie . . .with a wry sense of humor.” He has received many awards for his writing and performance, most
recently a $20,000 Creative Workforce Fellowship from the Cleveland Partnership for the Arts. He is currently Haiku Champion of Cleveland. An accomplished actor, he has appeared in plays at Ensemble, Dobama, Cleveland Public and Cleveland Playhouse theatres.
Max Stark has studied linguistics at Heidelberg University in Germany and holds an M.A. in English from Cleveland State University with a concentration in poetry. He makes his living as a organizational consultant with his own firm and is co-founder of the Grand River Group, a national group of organizational consultants working across all sectors.
Max has written poetry for more than 30 years. His poems have been published in U.S. journals and staged at the Cleveland Play House. He has studied improvisational acting and produced multicultural theater. His 21-year-old son, Nehemiah, who is studying cinema at Chicago’s Columbia College of the Arts, will read with him.