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



  • Tuesday, March 22, 2011 - 6:30 PM
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MOUNT VERNON — A celebration of poetry and music will be held Tuesday from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at Sips Coffee House, 101 S. Main St., Mount Vernon, with featured poets John Burroughs, Shelley Chernin and David Francis Smith.

Burroughs is a Buddho-Taoist pacifist, poet, playwright, composer and seeker in Elyria. His works have appeared in dozens of print and online publications. Ten musical stage plays he either wrote or co-wrote were commissioned by the state of Ohio and performed by prisoners as community service. His poetry chapbooks include “Bloggerel,” “Identity Crises,” and “6/9 Improvisations in Dependence.”

Chernin is a freelance researcher, writer and editor of legal reference books who writes poetry to maintain her insanity. Her poems have appeared in Scrivener Creative Review, Rhapsoidia, What I Knew Before I Knew: Poems from the Pudding House Salon-Cleveland, the Heights Observer and the 2010 Hessler Street Fair Anthology. The Akron Art Museum awarded her honorable mentions in its New Words Poetry Contest in 2009 and 2010.

Smith is a Columbus-based poet with roots in Southwestern Ohio and the agricultural aristocracy of the New Deal family farm. A member of the Greater Cincinnati Writers League and The Ohio Poetry Association, Smith’s current projects include coffee house and bookstore readings and an ongoing work on a teaching-book of poetics. Several of his poems also appear on Ereignis at, the English language website of 20th century German philosopher Martin Heidegger.

The artists’ work will be available to purchase. An open mic will following the evening’s entertainment. The emcee will be Mark Hersman, poet.

For more information contact Hersman at

Published on March 21, 2011


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