- August 30, 2014 Featured Reader; Ross County Park District; Buzzard’s Roost Nature Preserve; Chillicothe, Ohio; 6 pm
- August 26, 2014 Featured Reader; Sips Coffee House Poetry Series; 101 South Main Street; Mount Vernon, Ohio 43050; 6:30 p.m.
- May 18, 2014 Featured Reader; House of Toast Series; Half-Price Books; 1375 West Lane Road; Columbus, Ohio; 2 pm.
- December 4, 2013 Author book signing for Kahiki Redux; Columbus Historical Society @ COSI; 333 West Broad Street 43215; 6:00 p.m.
- November 26, 2013 Featured Reader; Sips Coffee House Poetry Series; 101 South Main Street; Mount Vernon, Ohio 43050; 6:30 p.m.
- November 21, 2013 Featured Reader; “The Modern Table” Riffe Gallery; 77 S. High Street; Columbus, Ohio 43215; 5:30 p.m.
- November 9, 2013 Featured Reader; Mac’s Backs-Books on Coventry; Cleveland Heights, Ohio 44118; 7:00 p.m.
- October 19, 2013; “1000 Words/1000 Moves for You Call That Art?” Columbus Cultural Arts Center; 139 W. Main Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215; 7-9 p.m.
- April 4, 2013 Featured Reader; Beehive Books; 25 North Sandusky Street; Delaware, Ohio; 6:30 p.m.
- September 26, 2012 Featured Reader; Beehive Books; 25 North Sandusky Street; Delaware, Ohio; 7:00 p.m.
- June 26, 2012 Featured Reader; Sips Coffee House Poetry Series; 101 S. Main Street; Mt. Vernon, Ohio; 7:00 p.m.
- May 19, 2012 Featured Reader; Ohio Poetry Association’s All-Stars; Bexley Public Library; 2411 E. Main Street; Columbus, Ohio; 1-4 p.m.
- May 10, 2012 Featured Presenter; Pecha Kucha Columbus; Eartha Limited; 371 Maier Place; Columbus, Ohio; 7 p.m.
- April 20, 2012 Featured Reader; Wooster Music and Arts Festival; Wooster, Ohio; 8 p.m.
- June 26, 2011 Featured Reader; Peripatetic Poets; The Whetstone Gardens; 3700 Olentangy River Road; Columbus, OH; 7 p.m.
- June 1 -25, 2011 Featured Poem; “Tilting;” The Language of Art Exhibit; The High Road Gallery; 12 East Stafford Avenue; Worthington, Ohio; Opening Reception; June 5, 2-4:30 pm.
- May 2, 2011 Featured Reader; William Redding Memorial Poetry Contest winner; Poetry Forum; Rumba Cafe; 2507 Summit @ Hudson Street; Columbus, Ohio; 7 pm.
- November and December 2010 Featured Poem; “Lineage;” Conceived in Cloth…Crafted in Words (poems in response to quilts by Off Our Blocks); Ursus Gallery; Columbus, Ohio.
- September 9 to October 22, 2010 Featured Poem; “Another Urban Disturbance;” The Language of Art Exhibit; Carnegie Gallery at the Columbus Main Library; Columbus, Ohio; Opening Reception; September 9, 5-7 pm.
- April 2, 2010 Featured Reader; Mark Hersman’s Music and Poetry Series; Pumpkin Hollow Cafe; 24 Bell Street; Bellville, Ohio; 7 pm.
- February 24, 2010 Featured Reader; Upper Arlington Library; Main Branch at Tremont; Columbus, Ohio; 7 pm.
- December 9, 2009 Featured Reader; Rattlebox Series; Espresso Yourself Cafe; Columbus, Ohio; 7:30 pm.
Fishing for Rabbits
I’m cupping my voice through the ice hole
of a top-hat—that tried and true escape
route for Pollyannas and pirates.
Your ears—those velvet,
then pivot. So stop me
if you’ve heard this—but you walk
into a bar and the tender patrons
coax you—easy with those gloved paws
they say, ‘cause this poem is holding,
whether it’s served on sizzling
rocks or siphoned through a hose.
And you know it’s going to be dicey,
wriggling your way out of that mouth
of a hat, its tongue knifed and forked—
but your bunny gills can retract, protract,
distract and extract, plus you’ve got
root vegetables on your side.
Now I’m cupping my ear
to hear the slosh of punch lines
tired as tar and then BINGO
your rabbit gleam blazes—
clearing my sky path
for pell mell and providence.
With clothesline I too often
got ahead of myself,
retractable tongues and tacks.
What I knew was slim
and linear, shifts and surface
aberrations, memories flapping
like moire, schemes snapping
from too much wind:
chintz, duck, felt, net,
satin, velvet, cheesecloth, wool–
patterns of ladders, lions,
midnight clouds, and
Now the haze
compels the glow,
sense in nonsense,
clotheslines with wings,
tails in flight, cousin kites,
the plodding unfettered
freed from a two-point plan.
Another Urban Disturbance
after “Lisbon, Portugal,” a photograph by Mary MacKay
It’s the hijacking of space
in the language of red—
wall with tattoos
and a cartoon ghost
in crimson gown
and platinum crown
the one and only Marilyn
points her dainty finger
which lures you
to a parked fender
blushing bruised vermillion
over a hub-capped sun.
Those red-blooded revolutionaries
have redeemed their cobbled street—
their headless enemies cornered,
their art, hit and run.
after “Flowers of the Sun,” a quilt by Susan Ahern
This first story
this chin of fire
the Sun and her
mirror. These threads
bear the needle’s prayer
fired through the eyes
of every woman’s
The aproned goddess
the crosspoints where
the warp and the weft
join to reclaim the shards
of an ocean’s turquoise
and the flames of a Phoenix
that shudder and spar.
This quilt, poised and
in the politics of textile.