Cleveland Public Poetry: 2018 Fall Schedule

Join us each month at Cleveland Public Library for our open mic poetry reading series, Cleveland Public Poetry. Each open mic is free and open to the public; free refreshments and snacks are served, and there are door prizes too!  We hope you will join us to share original and favorite works, or listen to poets and writers, as we all celebrate the written and spoken word!  For more information contact the Literature Department: 216-623-2881 or

Cleveland Public Poetry Featuring MaxWell Shell
Ohio Center for the Book and Cleveland Public Library invite you to celebrate the changing of the season amidst the readings of written and spoken-word poetry, with our special guest reader poet MaxWell Shell. After a brief Q&A, the mic will open for others to read an original or favorite work. Free refreshments and snacks provided. Door prizes, too!

photo courtesy of MaxWell Shell

This event is free and open to the public.

Date: Saturday, September 15, 2018
Time: Noon-1:00 p.m.
Location: Literature Department, Main Library,  325 Superior Ave., 2nd FL

Maxwell Shell: Poetic Speaker/Extreme Dreamer/Reality Checker/People Polisher. This Cleveland Writer has been developing an IndiGolden Hybrid of HipHop Influenced Poetry similar to how Langston Hughes used Blues & Jazz for his style & sound. Spontaneous on/off pages & on/off stages he maintains A fluid move-mint thru-out his works to produce true stream of mind/soul performances accessible at any given moment to help maintain Love’s Logic & Life’s plethora of possibilities at all times. The Earth is his church. The Uni Verse is his work. & this is thee innerG he rolls with as A truly blessed human being A poet.

Cleveland Public Poetry: Open Mic for Gothic Poetry
Enjoy the tradition of Halloween by reading original or favorite works of Gothic poetry. Express your feelings of foreboding through the spoken word.
Date: Monday, October 15, 2018
Time: Noon-1:00 p.m.
Location: Literature Department, Main Library, 2nd floor

Cleveland Public Poetry: Writers’ Open Mic (THIS PROGRAM IS CANCELED)
Writers and poets working in all genres and formats are welcome to read original or favorite works.
Date: Monday, November 12, 2018 
Time: Noon-1:00 p.m.
Location: Literature Department, Main Library, 2nd floor