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Grand and Meaty Occurrences - This Joust In Vol 1 Issue 5

Writing Knights is busy this summer!

We are conducting our first ever sWORD FIGHT July 13, then the NEXT DAY, July 14, Writing Knights will be represented as part of the Ohio Meatgrinder Slam in Columbus, OH.

Meatgrinder is described as:

Workshop, bouts, finals, after party. All in one day

You can visit the site here to get the what's up from Louise Robertson and Scott Woods, the founders of Meatgrinder.

Writing Knights sent a team to the last two Meatgrinders and while we didn't win or place, that's not the point. The point, truly IS the poetry when it comes to Meatgrinder. 

We are looking for two more people to join Azriel Johnson and Skylark Bruce. You don't need to be of any particular skill set other than have the willingness to go up on stage and perform your best, most out of the box work.

We might even try to work in some group pieces. That is to be determined by how much time we have to practice.

Later in July, the 27th & 28th we are moving full force into the Grand Showcase and Marketplace in downtown Canton. All of our programs are full, so we are now looking to get some amazing performers into our all day open mic on the 28th.

Our Open Mic List as it stands is here.

The open mic will be an important part of the day as it will give new people exposure to words they might not have expected otherwise, so we are looking for people of diverse backgrounds and experiences to share themselves with our marketplace walkers.

Open mic performers will also be the first people we ask to fill in if someone has to cancel their performance slot during the main shows. 

While you're here, check out the other links on our site. We have a bunch of new releases as well as submission calls in progress and coming up.

Sit, stay a while, explore.

Azriel Johnson 
Director of Writing Knights Press

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Clouds in the Corner by Anna Kist

Published June 18, 2018
Chapbook - 35 pages, 5.5" x 8.5", ISBN: 978-1721064700
Had a night sniper attraction
for a fraction of my youth,
Now I just spook the straights with curls
I’ve unfurled in my hair and left in the sink.
Don’t think, just rinse and flee,
find something other than me
for the torrents in life
The currents you fight but embrace
with just one turn of the face
When you say it’s right
But I’m left.
— Left
$10.00 USD
(Free PDF with Purchase)

About the author:
Kist grew up in the swamps of south Louisiana writing ever since she was child. Then she roamed the country, found her footing and came back home working as a freelancer with a bachelor’s in journalism.

Grand Developments - This Joust In Vol 1 Issue 4

It is with a heavy heart I write these words.

We did not get the minimum number of entries for the Grand Tournament, so unfortunately, we have to cancel the competition.

*pause for effect*


We are not canceling the event festivities. We still reserved part of the downtown Canton area for vendors, the venues are booked and we want to have some poetry events.

So in an effort to rebrand while not confusing people, we're calling it:

new banner pending.

So here’s the plan:

Friday July 27th from 7pm to 9pm

We will have one show (with the option to expand) at Makeshift Makerspace.

Saturday July 28th will be the big day.

We will have the following shows (with the option to expand):

12pm to 2pm show at IKON Art Gallery;

3:30pm to 5:30pm show at Makeshift Makerspace;

7pm to 9pm the final show of the event at Avenue Arts/Kathleen Howland Theatre.

We will be posting the official schedule of performers today.

There will still be vendors along Court Avenue from 3rd street to 6th street, 
so bring some cash to get items, food, etc.

This being said, we are going to need performers.

Poets, Fiction/Nonfiction, Acoustic Music, Comedy or an amalgam of styles and genres.

We are looking for 10 minutes with potential for more time on the mic with our inevitable cancellations.

Performers who have to travel more than 100 miles will be offered two sets (a total of 20 minutes which do not have to be contiguous, ie you could perform 10 at one show and 10 at another).

Performers will be invited to sell their works during the event alongside the established vendors.

Hosts of the events will be Skylark Bruce, Marissa Hyde, JM Romig and Azriel Johnson.

We will be collecting “love” offerings at each show.
If you don’t quite love us, call it a “you’re not half bad” offering.

We will be sending personal messages to performers we want to join us, but feel free to message us first if you’re interested.

One last thing, for those of you who want to be a part of the festivities, but might not be able to attend, we will be opening up a short call for submissions for a book to be put together and sold at the event. Details later today.

See you all in July,
Azriel Johnson & Skylark Bruce

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