For Wildness to Bloom: Readings and Poetry from Bloomington, Middle Tennessee & Cincinnati @ McMicken FreeSpace, Cincinnati [21 September]

For Wildness to Bloom: Readings and Poetry from Bloomington, Middle Tennessee & Cincinnati


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McMicken FreeSpace
527 W McMicken Ave #1, Cincinnati 45214
A night of readings and poetry at the McMicken FreeSpace featuring performers from Middle Tennessee, Monster House Press out of Bloomington and local writers from Cincinnati/Covington. Doors- 8pm, Show- 8:30

Voyager (Josefine W. W. Parker)

For Wildness to Bloom (i) is a collection of essays on the experience of laser hair removal and castration. A series of tracts, it is a call-to-action to ground self-love and the sacred in our transitions. For Wildness to Bloom (i) provides new strategies in trans and women's liberation to dream the surgery and medicine we need.

This work has been made possible by a 2014 Leeway Foundation Art & Change Grant (link through year and grant foundation:

— Laila B. Hameen

Eyes the size of almonds, hands the size of a catcher's mitt, and shoes the size of canoes. The Dayton Ohio native discovered a love for writing at an early age. Some of her early memories were writing short stories to share with her second grade classmates and entertaining her mother on the way home from school by imitating her classmates.
She is the playwright, director and producer of Laid Off… a one woman show based on her true events. Laila is also working on a book of narratives and poetry.

— Megamax

Poetry that explores love, madness, and rewilding. Deeply personal, and often through a lens of history and politics.

— Monster House Press
Nonprofit publisher & circuit of literature, art, & thought in the Midwest—in print, online & irl

— Richard Wehrenberg, Jr. is a poet + designer from Cleveland, OH living in Bloomington, IN. They are the author of the chapbook HANDS & co-author of the chapbook RIVER [with Ross Gay]. They are the co-founder of + lead designer for Monster House Press. In their most recent past life, they were a surgeon from Maine & died in 1946.

Poetry online:

— Wendy Lee Spacek writes poetry about the microcosms and macrocosms at the intersections of body, gender, ecology, psychology, and sexuality. She has published one book of poetry, PSYCHOGYNECOLOGY (Monster House Press, 2015) and has toured extensively, reading in living rooms, art galleries, bars, shoe stores, basements, and the occasional bookstore. She is in the MFA program at Indiana University in Bloomington, IN.


— Michelle Gottschlich is a writer living in Bloomington, Indiana. She is the author of two books of poetry Void Sets and How To Keep Full in February. She is currently working on a collection of persona poems written in the voices of her mother and steel workers in Northwest, Indiana.

Poem online:
Michelle on the radio:

— The McMicken FreeSpace is a sober space that does not tolerate discrimination or harassment of any sort. All events are free but donations are greatly appreciated, especially for the travelling artists <3
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