Saturday, August 17, 2013

We Are Killing the Fatted Calf for Mike Finley!

The Prodigal Son returns, and we are killing the metaphorical fatted calf in celebration of his first reading in the Cleveland area in 30 years!  Originally from Amherst, Ohio and now living in St. Paul, Minnesota, Mike Finley, award-winning writer, poet, and videographer, will be visiting northeast Ohio...and on Sunday, August 18, 2013, will present a very special reading of his poetry right here in Cleveland!
poster by John Burroughs of Crisis Chronicles Press

And when we say "award-winning", we ain't kiddin'.  Mike Finley is one of only two Lorain County poets, and one of only three Cleveland-area poets, who's won the prestigious Pushcart Prize in poetry!  He's also written for the Rolling Stone, and in the Rock and Roll city of Cleveland, that's no small thing to note!

John Burroughs of Crisis Chronicles Press will be the host for Finley's reading in the basement party room at the Old Angle Tavern in the historic West Side Market area of Cleveland.  NightBallet Press editor/publisher Dianne Borsenik will be there to aid and abet.  All are welcome, it's free to get in, there's a full menu available if you're hungry, and yes, there will be an open mic as well!  From all accounts, Finley is an excellent and entertaining speaker, so you will not want to miss this once-in-a-lifetime event!

In honor of the occasion of his return to this area, NightBallet Press is pleased as punch to present Finley's brand new chap of poetry, For the Young Poets of ClevelandFor the Young Poets of Cleveland is a short-but-sweet, limited-edition collection especially assembled for this weekend's reading:

For the Young Poets of Cleveland is a twenty-paged chapbook containing eleven of Finley's delightful poems, with illustrating photographs by Chandra Alderman, Chansonette Buck, Lady Smith, Steve Brightman, and the editor.  The cover shot of downtown Cleveand at dusk is by John Burroughs, and is printed on a textured white cardstock.  At only $5, it's a steal...and if you order a copy of For the Young Poets of Cleveland right now, NBP will send it to you free of postage costs.Please join us this weekend for this very special reading by a very special person, and meet the one and only Mike Finley in person!  The party begins at 5pm.  And if you smile at Finley reeeeeallllly niiiiiiiiice, he might sign your copy of  For the Young Poets of Cleveland.  ;)