I launched The Poet's Haven in 1997. This Halloween will mark the 15th anniversary. :-) This will be my first Avant-Garde show, but I am looking forward to participating in many more.
I'm less a writer and more a graphic designer, editor, and promoter. I suppose I'm the blend of my mother's artistic influence and my father's mechanical and mathematical influence.
The writing I do these days is mostly of a satirical nature. I take a situation from life or from the world around me, and lampoon it, present it in a humorous and twisted way. When publishing someone else's work, the nature of the writing dictates how it needs to be presented. While many of the books I've published follow and fit in a traditional chapbook template, some works require something different, something extra. Some books call out to be a different size, some books need to be presented bound from the top instead of the side, and one book I'll be printing next year even required a mirror-reflective cover. (Cough, cough, that last one's my own. The title is "Vanity Pressing.")
I've often been asked why someone who has been publishing digitally since the frontier days of the internet would want to publish on paper. The answer is that there is an intimacy between a reader and a printed book that electronic publishing just can't duplicate. The feel of the pages and physical shape of the words just don't come across an eBook's LCD screen. With chapbooks, not only are you seeing and holding the artistic expression of the words, but knowing that the author and/or publisher personally assembled the volume you hold makes it all the more personal. Having a book printed by CreateSpace or Lulu might result in something that looks pretty on the shelf, but the direct connection formed between the reader and the creators is dulled.
The message behind my work is: "Hey, people! Try POETRY!" It isn't the boring thing you remember from those two weeks back in high school. It is a living, breathing expression of the world around you. Give this a read, sit down and listen. You'll be surprised and find something you enjoy!"
Check out these featured vendors at the first ever 2012 East Side Fall Avant-Garde Art & Craft Show. This eclectic show will feature up to 120 of the most talented artisans and crafters. A portion of the show's proceeds will be donated to the North East Ohio Make-a-Wish Foundation. This non-profit organization grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy.
2012 East Side Fall Avant-Garde Art & Craft Show
Sunday, September 23, 2012, 1:30pm-6:30pm
Terry Macklin Entertainment & Event Centre
6200 Enterprise Parkway
Solon, OH 44139
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