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06 June, 2017: Ray McNiece

Ray McNiece is the author of eight books of poems and monologues, including The Road That Carried Me Here and most recently Love Song For Cleveland (Red Giant). The Orlando Sentinel reporting on Ray’s solo show at the Fringe Festival called him “a modern day descendant of Woody Guthrie. He has a way with words and a wry sense of humor.” He toured Russia with Yevgeny Yevtushenko where he appeared on Good Morning, Russia and performed at the Moscow Polytech, the Russian Poets’ Hall of Fame, where he was dubbed the American Mayakovsky. He has toured twice in Italy with Lawrence Ferlinghetti. He has received many awards and honors, most recently the Creative Workforce Fellowship from CPAC. He will be performing the songs and stories of Woody Guthrie at various Cuyahoga County Libraries this summer.

1. "The Revenge of Cleveland: A Menu Against Nouvelle Cuisine" from The Bone Orchard Conga (Poetry Alive! Publications, 1977)

2. "Grandfather's Breath" from The Bone Orchard Conga (Poetry Alive! Publications, 1977)

3. "The Bridge, Cleveland" from Love Song for Cleveland (Red Giant Books, 2015)

4. "Love Song for Cleveland" from same as above.

5. "O Say Can You See?" From The Road That Carried Me Here (White Fields Press, 1994)