May 23, 2013 | 6-8pm
The Public Poetry Workshop comes to the West side every fourth Thursday of the month. Poets of all ages and backgrounds are welcome to bring a work-in-progress and receive recommendations for improving it. Our goal is friendly, yet serious critiques by emerging and experienced writers. Improvement of craft through reading, writing, and workshopping with Instructors Claire McMahon and a guest host.
Claire McMahon has an MFA in Writing & Poetics from Naropa University (Boulder, Colorado) and a Ph.D. in 20th Cent. American & British Poetry from Kent State University. She is co-editor of MoonLit poetry journal (Drag City Press, Chicago) and the author of a book of poems entitled, Emergency Contact (Van Zeno Press, Cleveland). She has taught English writing courses locally at Lake Erie College, Baldwin-Wallace College, Cuyahoga Community College, and Chancellor University. Currently, Claire is an Adjunct Professor of Humanities at Bowling Green University’s Firelands campus.
May 24, 2013 | 7:30-10pm
Since the early 2000s, Cleveland underground musician Brian Straw has been actively involved in creating, shaping, and bending music that doesn't allow for easy categorization. He's been known to play ambient, abstract compositions; he's performed with free jazz-influenced improv ensembles; he's also a singer-songwriter whose tunes bring to mind performers like Bill Callahan (Smog), Richard Buckner, and famed "slowcore" band, Low. Currently Brian works out of his art gallery/performance space, Survival Kit, located in Cleveland's Detroit Shoreway neighborhood.
May 31, 2013 | 7:30-10pm
Quinn Sands is a singer-songwriter from Euclid Ohio. Born and raised in Cleveland Ohio, she grew up surrounded by music of every genre, providing a wonderful and eclectic soundtrack for her life. The songs are simple tales about life, love, loss and hope with a little edge and a few laughs. Quinn's solo and duo performances are engaging and light hearted, with just the right amount of rhythm and twang to help illustrate her stories.
June 1, 2013 | 7:30-10pm
A seasoned musician based in Cleveland, OH, Thor Platter blends the sounds of folk, country, rock and bluegrass into a mid-west Alt. Country sound for the discerning ear. Growing up in Western New York, the influences of blues, jazz, country, singer-songwriter and rock had a profound effect on his musical orientation. Thor took to music at a young age. After several bands in his high school years, Thor joined The Fatbacks, a high energy Blues/Rock band that played regular gigs in premier clubs and bars around New York State. The Fatbacks' debut EP Sampler, was released in early 2006 to critical acclaim. Thor followed up with a solo acoustic EP entitled The Orange Attic Sessions. After moving to Cleveland, OH in 2008, Thor formed the bluegrass/Americana group, The Whiskey Lock. Their 2012 EP Flight includes an eclectic mix of original songs. Thor's debut CD, Looking For Sunshine, is now out and available. Tonight, Thor will play with Tremont-based blues master and educator, Michael Bay, known best as a member of the popular Wednesday night blues jam at the Parkview.