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the longest continuous poetry venue in town


Mac’s Backs Books: basement – foto by Smith

Mac’s Backs Books is the longest continuous poetry reading venue in Cleveland — I first read there back in the early 1980s.

Last night’s reading there was extra special because Yuyutsu Sharma’s co-feature was Katie Daley, whom I believe is one of Cleveland’s two finest performing and writing poets — the other one is Wendy Shaffer.

Here are a few fotos from last night’s reading.


Mac’s Backs Books: Allen Ginsberg – foto by Smith

Mac’s Backs Books: Legalize Levy – foto by Smith

Mac’s Backs Books: warrior poet – foto by Smith

Yuyu reading at Mac’s Backs 1-2902011 – foto by Smith

Yuyu reading at Mac’s Backs 1-2902011 – foto by Smith

Lady at Mac’s Backs Books – foto by Smith

Here’s Yuyu’s remaining scheduled poetry performances here in Cleveland:

January 30th at 1 p.m.
PoetryElyria at Jim’s Coffeehouse, 2 Kerstetter Way in Elyria, Ohio

February 2nd at 7 p.m.
Snoetry: A World Record Winter Wordfest
at Jim’s Coffeehouse,
2 Kerstetter Way in Elyria, Ohio

Lady K and I will be reading at Snoetry at 6:30 as well.


One Response to “the longest continuous poetry venue in town”

  1. John B says:

    I enjoyed Yuyu’s readings at both In Verse and PoetryElyria immensely – sorry I couldn’t make it to Mac’s. I have a warm place in my poetic soul for Mac’s as it was the third place I ever read poetry live. Thanks to Smith and Lady for helping make Yuyu’s stay and readings possible! Here’s a list of poets who will be reading and/or performing in the vicinity of Yuyu on the opening night of Snoetry:

    5 pm – Snoetry 2 begins!
    5:30 – Dianne Borsenik (Elyria, OH)
    6 pm – Mary O’Malley (Avon Lake, OH)
    6:30 – Kathy & Steven B. Smith (Cleveland, OH)
    7 pm – Yuyutsu R.D. Sharma (Kathmandu, Nepal)
    7:30 – Yuyutsu R.D. Sharma (Kathmandu, Nepal)
    8 pm – Steve Brightman (Kent, OH)
    8:30 РT.M. G̦ttl (Brunswick, OH)
    9 pm – Vladimir Swirynsky (Cleveland, OH)

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