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Sips Coffee House
101 S. Main St.
Mount Vernon, OH 43050
Fax: 740-392-5282



  • Tuesday, February 22, 2011 - 6:30 PM
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MOUNT VERNON — A Celebration of Poetry and Music will be Tuesday from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at Sip’s Coffee House, 101 S. Main St., Mount Vernon.

The featured poets will be Mark Sebastian Jordan and Christine Howey. Jordan is a playwright, director, actor, journalist, historian, storyteller, innkeeper, comedian and poet. Born in Mansfield, he now lives at Malabar Farm State Park near Lucas. He is the author of The Mansfield Trilogy of historical dramas, including “Ceely” (2003) about the mad poisoner Celia Rose, and “Louie” (2010) about the novelist and conservationist Louis Bromfield. Jordan’s books include the poetry chapbook “The Book of Jobs” (Pudding House Press) and the satirical history “1776 & All That” (XOXOX Press).

Howey has had a number of feature readings as a poet and is working on two chapbook poem cycles. She is the theater critic for Cleveland Scene and a freelance theater critic for The Plain Dealer, Cleveland Heights Patch and her own blog Rave and Pan ( Formerly, Howey was an actor and director at Dobama Theatre, with performance credits that included roles as Richard Nixon, Robespierre, Goebbels, Lucifer and God.

The featured musician will be Roger Lehman, who has been composing, recording and performing original material for over 30 years. He has done everything from recording soundtracks for cable TV fishing programs to performing with The Crystals (from the Motown era), Lester Flatt (of Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs), and the great Blues Harmonica player Charlie Musselwhite. He performs solo playing finger style acoustic guitar, piano and singing. He also performs with his instrumental duet (piano and amp; woodwinds) and his four-piece jazz quartet.

Artists’ work will be available for purchase.

There will be an open mic time following the evening’s entertainment. The emcee will be Mark Hersman, poet.

For more information contact Hersman at

Published on February 16, 2011


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