External stimuli and a change of environment are both useful tools for inspiring the creative process—especially surrounded by the brilliance of autumn. Escape the confines of your house to hike and write with poets Jeremy Jusek and Michelle R. Smith at the Metroparks! Follow along with the nature-oriented writing exercises or free write at your leisure—the goal is open conversation and stress-free writing in a relaxed social setting.
If we are rained out on October 16th, this event will be moved to October 23.
Jeremy Jusek is Parma’s poet laureate. He authored two poetry collections, We Grow Tomatoes in Tiny Towns (Unsolicited Press, 2019) and The Less Traveled Street (Maverick Duck Press, 2022). He hosts the Ohio Poetry Association's podcast Poetry Spotlight, runs the West Side Poetry Workshop, and founded the Flamingo Writers Guild. To learn more, visit jeremyjusek.com.
Michelle R. Smith is a writer, educator, cultural facilitator, and native Clevelander. She is the programming associate for Literary Cleveland and a teaching artist for Lake Erie Ink. She is the author of the poetry collections Ariel in Black (2015) and The Vagina Analogues (2020). She has been published in poemmemoirstory, Meridians: feminism, race, transnationalism, The Normal School, and The Gasconade Review. She has been a featured reader, instructor, and panelist at The Lakewood Public Library, The East Cleveland Public Library, The Cuyahoga County Public Library, The Cleveland Museum of Arts, Cleveland Drafts – Brews + Prose, PNC Fairfax Connection, Case Western Reserve University’s Writers House, and Literary Cleveland’s Inkubator Conference. She is also the creator, co-producer, and director of BLAX MUSEUM, an annual performance showcase for Northeast Ohio artists open to all forms and dedicated to honoring notable black figures in American history and culture.
Nature Hike & Outdoor Workshop at the Cleveland Metroparks takes place Sunday, October from 11am-1pm at The Watershed Stewardship Center, 2277 W Ridgewood Drive, Parma, OH 44134.