MOUNT VERNON — An Afternoon of Poetry and Music will be held Saturday, May 27, from 12:30-3 p.m., at Happy Bean Coffee Shop, 221 S. Main St., Mount Vernon. There will be a carry-in potluck at noon for anyone wishing to participate.

The afternoon’s readers include Connie Willett Everett and Anna Soter.

Everett received degrees from Ohio University and Bowling Green State University, including a MFA in creative writing. She has edited for Bottom Dog Press and Pudding House Publications, co-coordinates the Columbus Poetry Forum, and publishes Pudding Magazine. Everett is the author of two chapbooks and her poems and fiction have been published in numerous journals and magazines.

Soter was born in the Austrian Alps, and grew up in the northwest Australian outback. She is Professor Emeritus at The Ohio State University. Founder of The Hospital Poets Program for The Ohio State University Medicine and the Arts Program, she has also created and facilitated monthly Poetry & Writing Workshops for the JamesCare for Life Program at The Ohio State University Medical Center. Soter has been a featured reader in many venues in Ohio and elsewhere, and her poetry has been published in various magazines and anthologies including in the 25th Anniversary Edition of Katherine Susannah Prichard Writers’ Center, Cap City Poets (US), and Ohio Poetry Association’s anthology, Everything Stops and Listens.

The musician for the afternoon is Fred McKinney.

McKinney has been singing and playing guitar for over 50 years, but only writing songs since the summer of 2005. The songwriting began as a way to help him deal with the loss of his wife, and led to his performing in public. McKinney has written fiction for most of his life but believes he’s more suited to writing songs. Living in the Olivesburg area, he has performed in coffee houses and libraries, at private parties, and for various groups and organizations. Additionally, he did a set at the Rootstock 2009 Concert at Cain Park in Cleveland.

The readings will be followed by an open mic.


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