POEM: “Waking Up to Spring” *AND* Current Events


Happy National Poetry Month! I hope you have been filling each and every day with at least one poem. If you haven’t, I’ve got the cure for that: 30 Days of Poetry from Cuyahoga County Library.

Since this is a holiday weekend, my next reading is scheduled for this Monday! I have an Author Talk scheduled at the Barberton Library along with the talented museum Ed Amann. I’ll be reading from my new book, Soul Picked Clean, which I will also be selling after the reading; Ed Amann may also sell some of his music on CDs. So, please come by for some poetry and music!

If you are unable to make the Ohio events I’ve listed, there’s tons of poetry events going on all across the country, so you should be able to find another pretty easily. In the meantime, in the spirit of the season, I’ll share this short poem:

Waking Up to Spring

Birdsong drifts in
like the cool spring breeze
touching my face, my body, my skin
exposed above my sheets.

Speeding trucks rumble
over gravel roads
a few blocks further away,
while my dogs snooze unknowing
of the greater world
beyond these walls


Upcoming and Current Events:

Monday, April 22nd (6:30pm – 7:30pm)

Cat Russell Author Talk with music by Ed Amann at the Barberton Public Library, 602 West Park Avenue, Barberton, Ohio 44203. Ed Amann and I will alternate between his music and my poems.


Tuesday, April 23rd (6:30pm – 7:30pm)

What better way to celebrate Shakespeare’s birthday than to attend a poetry reading?! Massillon Public Library will announce the winners of its April Poetry contest at the Poetry Night and Open Mic! I’m not specifically scheduled, but I do plan to attend. I love libraries!


Wednesday, April 24th (6pm – 10:30pm)

Spoken Word Showcase (paid event) hosted by The Outpost concert club and Writing Knights. Ed Mabrey will be the feature performer, supported by Kisha Nicole Foster, Black Reign, Keith Allison, Finn Thrace, SuperTeam, and Luna Annunaki.


Thursday, April 25th (6pm – 9pm)

The Write Stuff Authors’ Group meets monthly at the North Canton Library to workshop WIPs before adjourning to TD’s Grill at about 7:30pm for general literary merry-making.


Saturday, April 27th (9am – 4:30pm)

Western Reserve Writers’ Conference Any writers in the area should definitely attend this FREE writing conference at Cuyahoga Library’s South Euclid-Lyndhurst Branch. I will not be reading, but I will attend, and I’d love to see you there!


Thank you for visiting my blog! I wish for you a month filled with poetry, and I hope to see you at one of these events soon!

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