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Hessler Street Poetry Contest -- The Aftermath -- The Bard Newsletter #13.5

Hessler Street Poetry Anthology 2017
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Greetings!
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Azriel Johnson (photo by Anita Keys)
Just a short word about the amazingness that was the Hessler Street Poetry Contest!

The lighting was fairly bad for photography, but people tried anyway. I personally did a little, then gave up, but encouraged others with better cameras to try.
 
The lighting was not a deterrent to the poetry shared. Our judges had a difficult time putting together the winners after a good hours worth of poetry.  We had poets from all over Ohio and beyond participating and the inspiration ran wild.
Christine Howey (photo by Geoffrey A. Landis)

Mary Turzillo (photo by Geoffrey A. Landis)
The venue: The Happy Dog at the Euclid Tavern was gracious to host us and we appreciated the space. Pretty soon the lighting didn't matter and we all just enjoyed the poetry.
The judging drew to a close and in my hand were the winning envelopes. Third place: Keely Aaliyah with her poem: I am a Soldier. Second place was Devlinbleu Chambers with his poem: Environmental Super Nova.
Azriel Johnson (photo by Anita Keys)

Keely Aaliyah and Devlinbleu Chambers (photo by Indigo Orion)
At last, after the perfunctory delays to increase the drama, I revealed the 1st place prize...
 
TWO WINNERS!!!!

Vince Robinson with his poem: Star Struck,
AND Christine Howey with her piece: I Was a Male Impersonator for 40 Years.

Keely Aaliyah, Christine Howey,
Vince Robinson and Devlinbleu Chambers
(photo by Geoffrey A. Landis)
A special thanks to Mac's Backs for giving me and Writing Knights the chance to put together this anthology. Thanks to all the contributors to the anthology. Thanks to ClevelandPoetics Blog for helping cover this event. Thanks to the Happy Dog at the Euclid Tavern for providing the space. And the greatest thanks of all to the Hessler Street Fair for continuing year after year to bring artistic and creative joy to the Cleveland Area.

We hope to see your entry next year!

Azriel Johnson
Director of Writing Knights Press

The Frayed Edge of Memory by James Croal Jackson

Published May 10, 2017
Chapbook - 44 pages, 5.5" x 8.5", ISBN: 978-1546495215
Excerpt
a week ago we soared through the sky
with all parts intact and fully functional.
I didn't need to look out deep, endless windows
we will never have the biology to fly, no matter
our construction, no matter the fantasy of the air-
and the air is a fantasy you breathe easy and pure
descend slowly on telephone lines beyond reach
to know what I am made of will never be enough.

$10.00 USD
Chapbook

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About the author:
James Croal Jackson is a writer, filmmaker, and musician born in Akron, Ohio. He rediscovered his love for poetry while working in the film and television industry in Los Angeles. He is the winner of the 2016 William Redding Memorial Poetry Prize via The Poetry Forum in his current city of Columbus, Ohio. This is his first chapbook. Visit him at jimjakk.com.

Challenging Submissions -- The Wayward Sword

Published May 10, 2017
Mixed Media Anthology - 36 pages, 8.5" x 11", ISBN: 978-1545490778
...poetry should be subversive turning
your heart and mind against one another,
making them rivals and best friends
because of it. poetry should challenge
the reader without alienating them.
stimulate them without stringing them out.
it should be concise without being spare.
poetry should be a lover
you can never get enough of...


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Mixed Media Anthology

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Contributors:
Alicia Cole, Allen Berry, Bethany W. Pope, Christopher Hivner, Darrell Lindsay, David S. Pointer, Dean K. Miller, Eli Williams, James Schwartz, Jonathan Thorn, Justin Jackley, Karlo Sevilla, Ken Goldman, Layla Lenhardt, Leslie M.P. Abramson, M.V.L. Narasamamba, Mr Valery Petrovskiy, Peggy Schimmelman, PREM PALLAV, PW Covington, Scott Thomas Outlar, Sergio Ortiz