Visible Voice Books marks its first-month anniversary tonight with the start of a new poetry-reading series, The Lights Are On Upstairs, but Its Nobodys Poem. Local poets Mark S. Kuhar, Josh Gage, and Joanne Cornelius will recite cool pieces, while owner David Ferrante pours hot java. He hopes to make it a weekly gathering, if all goes well at tonights outing, which spotlights writers wholl read up to five works apiece about living in the Tremont neighborhood. This area is massively creative, says Ferrante. I knew there were a lot of artists in the area, but it seems like everyone here is working on something artsy -- whether it be writing or painting.
The two-story Visible Voice opened on Valentines Day, a couple months after Ferrante shuttered the popular 84 Charing Cross store and relocated its rare- and old-book inventory. Hes since added poetry compilations by local writers to the shelves, and many of them are inspired by our city. Plus, adding readings to the stores calendar makes sense, says Ferrante. They have an edgy, urban, contemporary influence to go along with the stores feel, he says. Only people in Cleveland would write like this.
Thursdays, 7:30 p.m., 2007