National Poetry Month Poetry Readings

This April, celebrate National Poetry Month with the Ohio Center for the Book as four acclaimed Ohio poets visit Cleveland Public Library for two weekend poetry readings. Each reading takes place on the second floor of the Main Library in downtown Cleveland from 4-5 PM. These events are free and open to the public.

First up, on April 20th, we’ll host Lindsay Turner and Noah Falck.

Turner is a Tennessee native who now lives in Cleveland, where she is an assistant professor at Case Western Reserve University. Her latest book of poems is called The Upstate. She has also translated from the French books by Souleymane Bachir Diagne, Anne Dufourmantelle, Stéphane Bouquet, Frédéric Neyrat, Richard Rechtman, Ryoko Sekiguchi, and others, including Bouquet’s The Next Loves, which was longlisted for the National Translation Awards and shortlisted for the Best Translated Book Award.

Falck is from Dayton, and now lives in Buffalo, New York, where he is the Literary Director at Just Buffalo Literary Center and curator of the Silo City Reading Series. His latest book, Exclusions (Tupelo Press, 2020), was a finalist for the Believer Book Award. He is also the author of normal normal, You Are In Nearly Every Future, and co-author of Prerecorded Weather, which won the 2022 James Tate Poetry Prize.

Then, on April 27th, we’ll be joined by Stephanie Ginese and Taylor Byas.

Ginese is from Lorain and lives in Cleveland. Her first collection of poems, Unto Dogs, was released in 2022 by Grieveland, and focuses on themes of Puerto Rican nationalism, history, reproductive violence, and spirituality. In 2023, she won a Cleveland Arts Prize. She is currently the inaugural writer-in-residence at ATNSC in the Buckeye-Shaker neighborhood of Cleveland. Her writing has appeared in Las Palabritas Journal, The Pinch, Wax Nine Journal, and others.

Byas is from Chicago and currently lives in Cincinnati, where she is the Assistant Features Editor for The Rumpus. Her latest book, I Done Clicked My Heels Three Times won the 2023 Maya Angelou Book Award and was shortlisted for the 2023 Chicago Review of Books Award in Poetry. She is coeditor of The Southern Poetry Anthology, Vol X: Alabama, and Poemhood: Our Black Revival.