Cleveland Arts Prize

On June 26, 2014 I was honored with the Robert P. Bergman Award from the Cleveland Arts Prize. I am very excited and deeply grateful to have been chosen, along with my stalwart colleague, from the George Gund Foundation, Deena Epstein, for this very prestigious award. Deena and I have worked – separately and together through our respective foundations – for more than two decades to strengthen Cleveland’s remarkable arts community and open the doors of the arts to everyone in our community. I was proud to share the stage with her that wonderful evening. Here is a link to a 12 minute interview of Deena and me on WCPN, ideastream Public Radio.

And some photos from the wonderful awards ceremony at the Cleveland Museum of Art.  Me with venerable arts patron, advocate and leader, Barbara Robinson and Wayne Lawson, former renowned Director of the Ohio Arts Council.  (Other gentleman unidentified.)  Jill Snyder, Director of the Museum of Contemporary Art introducing me and Deena Epstein with whom I shared the award.  Getting the medal from Jill, and all the 2014 Awardees.

For those who care about such things, the  dress is from Paris via a wonderful small boutique, You Two  a block from my house.  The shoes are Ivanka Trump – two words I never expected to be associated with my personal wardrobe.

Me with fellow honoree Barbara Robinson and Wayne Lawson, Former head of the Ohio Arts Council.  Don't know the gentleman on the left.Deena Epstein and me being introduced by Jill Snyder, Director of the Museum of Contemporary Art, ClevelandReceiving the Robert P. Bergman Award of the Cleveland Arts Prize2014 Cleveland Arts Prize winners

Program: Take Nine at the Alcazar

On March 1, 2010 my writing group Take Nine presented a program entitled. “Eat Work Love” at the exotic Alcazar Hotel in Cleveland Heights.

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Program: Take Nine at Lake Erie Ink

On September  30, 2012 my writing group Take Nine presented a program for after school writing students at Lake Erie Ink

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Kent State Reading

On August 14, 2013 I did a reading and discussion of how a poet thinks about how the poem lives on the page.

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A Child’s Christmas in Wales

On 12/14/2013 I directed an adaptation of Dylan Thomas’s radio play “A Child’s Christmas in Wales” for the Coventry Merchant’s Association.  I invited students from the Houde School of Acting on Coventry to participate and edited the play for two adult males and three young boys. We rehearsed at the Coventry branch of the library and at Mac’s Backs Bookstore, and gave two performances/readings on the designated Christmas Shopping Day on Coventry. As Poet Laureate, introducing the public to a serious consideration of poetry is part of the job, and it was wonderful to see the amateur actors struggle with, master, and delight in the lyrical, magical  language of Dylan Thomas, whom they had never read.   Plus, I got to direct a play!

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Video: Ekphrastacy at Heights Arts

An excerpt forom thr first Ekphrastacy program at Heights Arts 04/2014

Video: Heights Poetweet Launch

Thanks to Stephen Bellamy , videographer extraordinaire, for this video


Photographs: Scenes from Stonecoast, January 2014

From the Stone House upstairs window.

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Video: Public Funding for Arts & Culture

This video is one of The Cleveland Foundation’s 100 Most Important Leadership Moments in our 100 years supporting Greater Cleveland

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