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02 April, 2021: Damien McClendon

Damien McClendon
Damien is a poet based in Cleveland. Recipient of the 2018 Cleveland Arts Prize On the Verge fellowship for literature, Damien's work speaks to the experience of being a Black father, artist, and teacher in one of the country’s most poverty-stricken cities. He works as a teaching artist bringing performance poetry to schools and other public spaces. Damien also holds the office of Poet Laureate for the city of Cleveland Heights and is co-director of The People Poetry Slam.


  1. "Pour Black Man".

2. "Kids Playing in Abandoned Houses"

3. "2nd Hand"

4. "Silk Blood"

5. "Rollerblade" in Soft (2017).

6. "Never Lost"

7. "Get a Bag"

8. "Truck"

9. "River"


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02July, 2019: Kevin Prufer

04June, 2019: Theresa Göttl Brightman

07May, 2019: John Burroughs

02April, 2019: Dianne Borsenik

05March, 2019: Christopher Johnston

05February, 2019: Judah Leblang

28August, 2018: Mary Grimm

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