March 12, 2014 | 6pm-8pm
The Cleveland Animal Rights Alliance's book club meetings take place every other month at Visible Voice Books in Tremont (in their upstairs meeting room). We feature books on various aspects of veganism including health, ethics, environmental issues, social justice, etc.
Join us for some consciousness-raising discussion and a great opportunity to network and build community with others who care about animals, the earth and healthy eating!
Check out our website: https://www.facebook.com/ClevelandVeganBookClub
March 13, 2014 | 6-8pm
March 14, 2014 | 6pm-10pm
March ArtWalk: Poetry Reading w/ Kazim Ali + Justin Glanville
Friday, March 14th | 6-10pm
"Working Artists" exhibit curated by Hilary D. Gent of HEDGE Gallery
Stop by the store during the Tremont ArtWalk for a poetry reading. "Working Artists" will feature a series of dye transfer prints originally commissioned by the Farm Security Administration (FSA) in 1940- 1941. Photographers Jack Delano and Marion Post Wolcott are two of the artists represented. As always, Happy Hour is Fridays from 5-8, $1 off all beer and wine.
Kazim Ali is a national poet, essayist, fiction writer and translator.
Justin Glanville is a writer and urban planner, and author of New to Cleveland: A Guide to (Re)Discovering the City.
Kazim Ali has written several volumes of poetry, including Sky Ward, The Far Mosque, The Fortieth Day, and the cross-genre Bright Felon. He has also published a translation of Water's Footfall by Sohrab Sepehri, and (with Libby Murphy) L'amour by Marguerite Duras. His novels include Quinn's Passage and The Disappearance of Seth, and his books of essays include Orange Alert: Essays on Poetry, Art and the Architecture of Silence and Fasting for Ramadan. In addition to co-editing Jean Valentine: This-World Company, he is a contributing editor for AWP Writers Chronicle and associate editor of the literary magazine FIELD and founding editor of the small press Nightboat Books. He is an associate professor of Creative Writing and Comparative Literature at Oberlin College.
"Working Artists" opens Friday March 14, 2014 during the Tremont Art Walk. The show will feature a series of dye transfer prints from the original transparency collection of the Library of Congress in Washington D.C. These prints were originally commissioned by the Farm Security Administration (FSA) in 1940- 1941 and were reprinted in 1981- 1985. The FSA is famous for its influential photography program that portrayed the challenges of rural poverty in America during the Depression era. They were also recently featured in the Bob Dylan video (LINK) of his cover of the song Pretty Saro. Photographers Jack Delano and Marion Post Wolcott are two of the artists represented.
March 15, 2014 | 1pm
A monthly ukulele meet-up group. Open to beginners AND experts who enjoy playing the ukulele.
March 15, 2014 | 8-10pm
Come one, come all to worship at the acoustic altar!! Acoustic Armageddon is coming!! Featuring the hymns and battle cries of Matt Rolin (Nowhere), Brandon Scheel (The Luckey Ones), Sweet Gravy James, and Cleveland Legend BILL FOX!! Come sip the acoustic wine, mingle amongst the ancient scriptures and open your ears to the acoustic overlords intoxicating tunes. Acoustic Armageddon III : March 15th at Visible Voice Books + Wine : Come to mass!!!
ACOUSTIC ARMAGEDDON III
Sweet Gravy James
Matt Rolin (Nowhere)
Brandon Scheel (The Luckey Ones)
March 15, 2014 | 7-9pm
Maya Bennett thought she was an average mom with a "normal" life. That is, until she meets Indigo - a man with an unbelievable story that she can't help but believe. He's a man on a mission to save Maya and her son from an evil she couldn't have imagined in her wildest dreams. In the process she learns that while time may heal old wounds, it can also cut the deepest of them all…
From debut novelist Amy L. Boukair comes a thrilling adventure of life and death. A story about true love that can span all of space and time, and the lengths that some will go to protect it.
How far would you go?
March 19, 2014 | 6pm-8pm
The purpose of this meet up group is to bring musicians of various ages, skill levels, interests and backgrounds together to have fun, build community and relationships via the time-honored tradition of playing live, acoustic music together!
Our January Meetup at Visible Voice was fantastic! Music, fun (and wine) was had by all.
The book store is great, come in early and browse their eclectic collection then mosey on upstairs for our jam session. The room is private, comfortable and has great acoustics!
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March 20, 2014 | 7-9pm
At one time, local rock writer Chris Akin was like the Howard Stern of local media. Akin, who got his start as a stringer at Scene and then formed his own magazine, Music's Bottom Line, also co-hosted The Metal Show, a talk/music show on WMMS that ended in 2002 (but then shifted to 92.3 until 2006). He regularly feuded with bands and other rock critics alike. It's not a surprise, then, that Akin had some issues. He had stopped talking to his parents. He was struggling with obesity. And he was in a bad marriage. A couple years ago, he almost offed himself. He recounts all of this in his new memoir, Little Victories: A Tale of Divorce, Debauchery, and Finding Happiness. A self-published affair, it will be available for signing at Visible Voice Books during a reading and Q&A with Chris.
March 21, 2014 | 7-9pm
George Bilgere’s most recent book of poetry is Imperial, from the University of Pittsburgh Press. Other books include The White Museum, selected by Alicia Ostriker in 2010 for the Autumn House Poetry Series, Haywire (winner of the May Swenson Poetry Award in 2006) and The Good Kiss (chosen by U.S. Poet Laureate Billy Collins to win the University of Akron Poetry Prize in 2002. “In the house of contemporary poetry,” said Collins, “George Bilgere is a breath of fresh American air.”
Bilgere’s poems and essays have appeared in the Sewanee Review, Kenyon Review, Southern Review, Poetry, Best American Poetry, Georgia Review, Ploughshares, Iowa Review, Field, Shenandoah, and elsewhere.
He has received grants and fellowships from the Pushcart Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Fulbright Foundation, the Society of Midland Authors, the Ohio Arts Council, the Ohioana Poetry Foundation, and the Witter Bynner Foundation. His poems are often heard on Garrison Keillor’s The Writer’s Almanac, and he has been a guest on Keillor’s A Prairie Home Companion. He teaches literature at John Carroll University in Cleveland.
Please check the Aritst Link below to see the Plain Dealers latest article on Mr. Bilgere.
March 22, 2014 | 7:30
Lee Chilcote is a poet, essayist and journalist who lives in the Gordon Square neighborhood. He earned his master’s degree in English and Creative Writing from Cleveland State University, where he was awarded the Leonard Trawick Prize for creative nonfiction. His poems have appeared in Great Lakes Review, Oyez Review, Paddlefish and other journals. Lee also writes original songs, sings and plays the guitar. He is Editorial Director for Issue Media Group and Development Editor for Fresh Water Cleveland.
Eric Anderson's poetry has appeared in The Sun, Connotation Press, and Prairie Schooner, and in the full-lenght collection, "The Parable of the Room Spinning" from Kattywompus Press. He teaches Creative Writing for the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.
March 27, 2014 | 6pm-8pm
The Public Poetry Workshop comes to the West side once a 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.
The workshop meets at Visible Voice Books on every 4th Thursday of the month. Contact Claire McMahon with questions and to join the group's mailing list.
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.
April 4, 2014 | 7-9pm
Lawrence Baker's middle passage is written in the tradition of western prose, in which a person reflects on influences and experiences in his life. Baker's world involved cultural, intellectual and social expectations pressing hard against negative racial stereotypes and reality. He came of age in Jacksonville, Florida, in the 1960s, torn between relationships, school, the negative magnetism of the streets, and the impenetrable reticence of his mother, intent upon survival in her own unique manner. As a result, Baker left the south, seeking neither fame nor fortune, but a long absent father and educational opportunities. It was in Cleveland, Ohio, during the late 1960s that some degree of stability entered his life. There, with the aid of his father, he was able to pursue an education and become what he terms first "a man," and eventually an artist. His odyssey involves encountering and overcoming various obstacles, none more daunting than the inertia of race in America, family and an inadequate early education.
About the Author: With family roots in Greensboro, Alabama, Louis B. Burroughs resides in Orange Village, Ohio, with his wife Marlene Stoiber Burroughs. He was born in Cleveland and grew up in the Glenville neighborhood.
April 5, 2014 | 6pm-8pm
Lisa Panepinto is a poet, writer and editor for Cabildo Quarterly, an online and print literary journal. She is the author of on this borrowed bike (Three Rooms Press) and chapbook Island Dreams (Cabildo Press) . Her writing has appeared inthe Accompanist, Maine Peace Action Committee, and Maintenant. Originally from Spokane, Washington, she moved to Old Town, Maine to work with tribal elders as a VISTA volunteer, and currently lives in Pittsburgh.Panepinto runs the blogs river pine anthology of civic discourse and who can be my emerson. She holds degrees from Washington State University and the University of Southern Maine.
Marco Wilkinson's essays and poetry have appeared or are forthcoming in Kenyon Review Online, Terrain, Taproot and Seneca Review. He is the managing editor at Oberlin College Press and is a faculty member of Lorain County Community College's Sustainable Agriculture program. He lives in Oberlin,Ohio.
April 11, 2014 | 7pm-9pm
The sports landscape changed in the spring of 1994 when the Cleveland Indians moved into their new stadium at the corner of Carnegie and Ontario. No longer the joke of the league, The Jake made them the jewel of baseball and helped revitalize a city and a fan base. For the first time ever, these interviews and stories from the players, managers and front office personnel give the inside scoop on what happened on the field, in the dugout and behind the scenes of this exciting time in Cleveland sports history. Get the best seat in the house for the most recent addition to the Tribe's celebrated legacy.
April 12, 2014 | 6pm-8pm
Joshua Milhoe is a 72 year old convict with a criminal record stretching back as far as even he could remember. His life had been a virtual cradle to jail trip. Serving a life sentence behind penitentiary bars is not where Joshua wants to be; but where he needs to be. After returning to his cell unexpectedly, Joshua surprises three young convicts in the act of stealing his things. In prison, such transgressions are instant recipes for death. Joshua locks himself inside his cell with the trio; forcing them to listen as he narrates six horror tales. Finally, Joshua inflicts his own sentence upon the intruders from where there is no respite, no reprieve.
Tales from the Joint is a dual thriller that blends a mother’s love for her child. Eve Milhoe has a paranormal disease that is linked to her son Joshua’s revolving door imprisonment. Each time Joshua is released into society, Eve develops life threatening illnesses. As long as Joshua is in prison, Eve remains alive. No one can escape the paralyzing climax in Tales from the Joint.
Sean Dubois Day:
Brought up in the plush suburbs of Cleveland, Ohio, but funneled to the merciless ghetto streets of Everywhere-America, Mr. Day's writings respectfully reflect these two environments as equals. Perspicacious, insightful, hip and true to life, he fuses life's experiences by opening his vein, then by dipping a quill into the joys and wounds of our world.
April 18, 2014 | 7-9pm
Join author Jim Mitchell to discuss The Walrus and The Elephants: John Lennon’s Years of Revolution at Visible Voice Books
Author and journalist Jim Mitchell will discuss his recently released The Walrus and the Elephants: John Lennon’s Years of Revolution. Jim will be speaking about John Lennon’s early years of social activism, his music with the progressive New York band Elephant’s Memory, and Lennon’s special relationship with Ann Arbor.
Based entirely on new interviews and research, The Walrus and the Elephants is the first book about John Lennon to show how his emergence as a solo artist, his embrace of radical politics and feminism, and his love affair with New York City coincided. From controversial television appearances, to benefit concerts, to his new, post-Beatlemania band Elephant’s Memory, Walrus and the Elephants is Lennon’s story told by a cast of close friends and fellow activists from his Greenwich Village days.
JAMES A. MITCHELL is the author of But for the Grace: Profiles in Peace from a Nation at War, the story of an orphanage in Sri Lanka's war-torn northeast; rock biography It Was All Right: Mitch Ryder's Life in Music; and tales from a rural newspaper, Applegate: Freedom of the Press in a Small Town. A reporter and editor for more than twenty years, his writing has appeared in Entertainment Weekly, The Humanist, and Starlog.
“The Walrus and The Elephants is an indispensable window into an amazing time in American history and the history of rock and roll.” —Danny Goldberg, author of Bumping Into Geniuses
If you would like to arrange an interview with James Mitchell, please contact
Ruth Weiner at firstname.lastname@example.org or (212)-226-8760.
Friday, April 18th, 7pm – Free Event
April 19, 2014 | 6-8pm
Michael Grant Jaffe captures the chaos of the protagonist's sudden downturn in his personal life, dealing with an ex-wife who makes his life miserable, and trying to keep his children happy in the midst of it all. He finds release for his frustrations through the violence of his bookie job as he tries to make sense of what happened to his life and hold onto his morality.
When Blackness Was a Virtue is Michael Grant Jaffe's fourth novel. He's also the author of Whirlwind, Skateaway, and Dance Real Slow, which was adapted into the Twentieth Century Fox Film A Cool, Dry Place.