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Plum City Reading Series: Jason Koo & Zack Meisel

Plum City Reading Series is Literary Cleveland's new regular reading series bringing the country's most interesting and groundbreaking authors to Cleveland.  Plum City aims to highlight the work of independent publishers while thoughtfully curating celebratory evenings of literature and community.

Join us for our third 2024 reading featuring Cleveland Native Jason Koo, author of the newly-released No Rest, alongside Zack Meisel, Cleveland Guardians beat reporter for The Athletic. 

This installment of the Plum City Reading Series will take place Monday August 5 at 7 pm at Loganberry Books (13015 Larchmere in Cleveland), to be immediately followed by an afterparty at the Literary Cleveland Offices (13002 Larchmere). 

NOTE: In keeping with our mission, to ensure diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility, the registration fee for this event is "Pay What You Can." We believe every writer, reader, storyteller, and literary enthusiast who wants to attend a Literary Cleveland event should be able to have that experience. "Pay What You Can" registration allows comfortable, affordable participation for everyone. We have suggested fees—you can pay one of them, or pay what you can. Your participation is the priority for us. 


Jason Koo is a second-generation Korean American poet, educator, editor and nonprofit director. Born in New York City and raised in Cleveland, Ohio, Koo is the author of four full-length collections of poetry: No Rest (Diode Editions, 2024), a winner of the Diode Editions Book Contest and a finalist for AWP's Donald Hall Prize for Poetry; More Than Mere Light (Prelude Books, 2018), a finalist for the National Poetry Series; America's Favorite Poem (C&R Press, 2014; Brooklyn Arts Press, 2020), a finalist for the CSU Poetry Center Open Competition; and Man on Extremely Small Island (C&R Press, 2009; Brooklyn Arts Press, 2020), winner of the De Novo Poetry Prize and the Asian American Writers' Workshop Members' Choice Award for the best Asian American book of 2009. He is also the author of the limited-edition chapbook & cassette tape Sunset Park (Frontier Slumber, 2017) and coeditor of the Brooklyn Poets Anthology (Brooklyn Arts Press & Brooklyn Poets, 2017). His work has been published in Best American Poetry 2022, Missouri Review, Poetry Northwest, Village Voice and Yale Review, among other places, and won fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, Vermont Studio Center and New York State Writers Institute. He earned his BA in English with Distinction from Yale, where he graduated Phi Beta Kappa and Cum Laude; his MFA in creative writing from the University of Houston, where he was a Stella L. Erhardt Memorial Scholar; and his PhD in English and creative writing from the University of Missouri–Columbia, where he was a D. R. Francis Fellow. He is an associate teaching professor of English and the director of creative writing at Quinnipiac University, where he has won an Innovation Incubator Grant and an Innovations in Course Delivery Grant and twice been recognized as a semifinalist for the Center for Excellence in Teaching Award. He is the founder and executive director of Brooklyn Poets and creator of the Bridge, the world’s premier poetry network connecting poets and mentors. For his work with Brooklyn Poets, Koo was named one of the "100 Most Influential People in Brooklyn Culture" by Brooklyn Magazine. He is represented by Ina Peterson of Inner Voice Artists.

Zack Meisel is a senior writer for The Athletic covering the Cleveland Guardians and local and national stories. Zack was named the 2021 Ohio Sportswriter of the Year by the National Sports Media Association and has won first place for best sports coverage and feature writing from the Society of Professional Journalists on several occasions. He has been on the Guardians beat since 2011 and is the author of four books, including "Cleveland Rocked," the tale of the 1995 team.


Details: Plum City Reading Series takes place Monday, August 5 at 7:00PM at Loganberry Books (13015 Larchmere Blvd) with an afterparty to follow at Literary Cleveland Offices (13002 Larchmere Blvd).

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