Learn to Write, Up Close and Personal


Now, it’s time for writers of all stripes to still those quivering limbs and join the 2015 summer workshop, the crown jewel of AWW and featuring literary queen Nikki Giovanni. Cincinnati native Giovanni, one of the world’s best-known African American poets, will serve as the keynoter during this year’s summer workshop, held July 11-17 at Antioch University Midwest in Yellow Springs

Xenia Author’s First Book Published


Ohio author, Ryan Ireland will present his debut novel, Beyond the Horizon. Beyond the Horizon is both a fabled rewritten history of the American West and a critical metaphor of American expansionist period. In frontier America, a man lives with a pregnant woman who is not his wife.

ShakesBeer: A Double Dose of Craft


Question: What is ShakesBeer? A) A casual mix and mingle for downtown residents and employees. B) A fun way to enjoy Shakespeare's Othello through a modern (and much shortened!) production. C) An opportunity to go behind-the-scenes at one of Dayton's local craft breweries. Answer: All of the above! Dayton Metro Library is hosting a free after-work networking event on Thursday, October 9 at the Main Library (215 E. Third Street, Dayton) with a double dose of craft. First up: Enjoy the craft of acting from The Human Race Theatre Company as they perform a shortened and modern … [Read more...]

Poet and activist Christine Leclerc at Antioch College

Christine Leclerc

Vancouver-based poet and activist Christine Leclerc will read her new works and present a workshop on craft at Antioch College August 16 and 18. While the reading and workshop are free and open to the public, registration is required for the workshop, for which seating is limited to 12 participants. Leclerc will read her poetry at 7:00 p.m., Thursday, August 16, in Olive Kettering Library. She will present the workshop “Energy, Collaboration, and Form,” from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m., Saturday, August 18, in McGregor Hall, Room 130. To register for the workshop, send an email … [Read more...]

Elysian Fields Books and More – New Bookstore, Old Friend

New Bookstore at 436 E. Fifth St.

Elysian Fields Books and More is one of the newest stores popping up in the downtown area to provide a unique retail experience. Co-owner Brian Strawn has been working feverishly to create the right atmosphere and get the store open for regular hours. Strawn says, "Elysian Fields Books is a cozy little family friendly place tucked in the middle of the Oregon District. We are catering to those looking to spend time with friends and used books. We have some refreshments - coffee, tea, and goodies from neighborhood bakeries. We still haven't named the two cats but we are taking suggestions." … [Read more...]

Urban Arts Showcase Takes the Stage This Friday

HBO Def Poet Black Ice will headline this Friday's "The Signature: A Poetic Medley Show."

  Oral Funk Poetry Productions will launch its fifth season of “The Signature: A Poetic Medley Show” at The Loft Theatre, 126 N. Main St., from 9 to 11 p.m. this Friday, April 20. The season-opening performance will be a celebration of National Poetry Month. The theme will be Jamaican and Caribbean culture through spoken word, dramatizations, live music, vocalists, visual arts and more. Featured performers include Tony Award-winning HBO Def Poet Black Ice, who appeared on six seasons of the popular show and starred in Def Poetry on Broadway. He’s lent his voice to hip-hop … [Read more...]

I Was A White Knight…Once

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The Memoir of Comedian, Nathan Timmel   “The sun illuminates only the eye of the man, but shines into the eye and the heart of the child” ~Ralph Waldo Emerson               With a creak of the mail slot and a muffled thump on the foyer floor, comedian Nathan Timmel’s memoir, I Was A White Knight…Once, unceremoniously arrived into my life. I picked up the crinkly Fed-Ex package and opened it with a sense of mild trepidation. I gingerly opened the package and inspected not only the contents, but all the cause of these feelings of apprehension, wondering from whence they came. As … [Read more...]

Celebrate SWAN Day – Support Women Artists Now in Dayton

SWAN Day Dayton Poster

An international event for women artists is coming to Dayton as part of the celebration of Women’s History month. Support Women Artists Now, or SWAN Day, features and celebrates the talents of female artists. The new event gained a lot of steam in its first four years and has had over 700 Swan Day events in 21 countries. Taking place on the last Saturday of Women’s History Month, it’s already been officially recognized in New York, Boston, San Francisco, Washington, D.C., and many more cities. Swan Day has yet to hit the streets of Dayton, but this year will be different. On March 31st … [Read more...]

Oscar-Worthy Books


Six of the nine Oscar nominated best films began their lives as novels. Considering the vast majority of movies don’t do their literary counterparts justice, it would be fascinating to see if the Oscar nominated books were as riveting as their films. The Descendants, a novel by Kaui Hart Hemmings This debut novel regularly receives four stars and kudos for its humor and heartbreaking emotion. The structure of the movie is faithful to the book, with several characters given more dimension in the book. Several scenes and sections of dialogue are taken directly from the book. It can’t hurt to … [Read more...]

Christmas Gifts for Readers


Certain toy shelves are empty and the mall parking lots are packed. But bookstore shelves are jammed with easy-to-wrap packages in any price range. Here is a short list of books for your Nice list: The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern Visually dazzling, this debut novel caused significant pre-print buzz. Garnering a six figure deal, awards, movie deal and high acclaim, it was called the next Harry Potter. It does create an alternate world, full of magical sideshows, tricks and language, following a wizard’s duel between Cecelia and Marco. Their budding love story is set against short … [Read more...]