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Join us as we celebrate the second annual Ohio Poem In Your Pocket Day on Thursday, April 24, 2014.

We are pleased and honored to be welcoming the Midwest's National Student Poet Sojourner Ahebee as our special guest. 

Meet us at Cleveland Public Library in downtown Cleveland at noon as we take to the streets and distribute this year's Ohio pocket poems. Click "Read More" to learn more about the Ohio poets featured.  Click the image to the left to see more details about the day's events.

Can't make it to downtown Cleveland to help us distribute poems? View, print, and share the poems in your community.  Send pictures and stories to us at

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April is National Poetry Month.  Initiated by the Academy of American Poets in 1996, this month-long celebration of poetry began as an effort to increase the awareness and appreciation of poetry in the United States. Each year in April schools, libraries, booksellers, publishers, and poets participate through readings, festivals, book displays, workshops, and other special events.   

Ohio Center for the Book at Cleveland Public Library is helping highlight poetry’s vital impact and relevance in American culture by hosting fun and inspirational events like . . .


Cleveland Public Poetry
: Join us for an open mic poetry reading featuring guest poet Kazim Ali
Saturday, April 5, 2014 • 12:00 p.m
Ohio Center for the Book / Literature Department, 2nd floor

Special Event: Poetry Reading with George Bilgere
Join us for a reading by our special guest award-winning poet, George Bilgere, winner of the Cleveland Arts Prize, the Ohioana Award, the Society of Midland Authors Award, and numerous others. Copies of Mr. Gilgere’s sixth volume of poetry, Imperial, will be on sale at the event.
Thursday, April 17, 2014 • 12:00 p.m.
Main Library, Louis Stokes Wing lobby, lower level

Ohio Poem in Your Pocket Day!
Special guest, National Student Poet, Sojourner Ahebee provides a brief reading of her work. Afterward, everyone is invited to join us as we hit the streets to distribute pocket poems throughout downtown Cleveland.  View, print, and share the pocket poems by clicking here.
Thursday, April 24, 2014 • 12:00 p.m.
Ohio Center for the Book / Literature Department, 2nd floor

Want more to explore for National Poetry Month?  Click on “Read More” for a list of events at CPL Branches, and for a webography of great poetry resources for children and teens. Visit Cleveland Public Library and Ohio Center for the Book for updates (and be sure to "like" us on Facebook) on all the events schduled for April 2014.

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Get Graphic! with the Ohio Center for the Book

WHEN: Wednesdays in April and May at 4:00 PM
WHERE: Cleveland Public Library, Literature Department, Main Building, 2nd Floor. Cleveland Public Library is located at 325 Superior Avenue.
DESCRIPTION: Explore, learn and engage with this emerging media form. This "new vernacular," as the New York Times referred to comics in 2004, captures the voice of a changing world, as comics are able to depict cultural trauma, history, and life stories in a new way that no other media form can do.  If it's true that "a picture is worth a thousand words," there will certainly be much to discuss!

NOTE: Book sets for the titles in this series are available to reserve online, or contact the Literature Department at 216-623-2881.

Click "Read More" to view dates, topics, links to online public catalog, and event flier.

Valentino holds a Masters of Arts in English and Women's Studies from bowling Green State University where he specialized in the study of comics as Literature.  He is currently a student at Case Western Reserve University at the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences.  His interest in comics began at a  young age, and he continues to read them to this day.  Valentino believes in Literature, Social Justice and the Superhero Way!

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