Annual benefit event will feature Ohio's poet laureate

Cleveland Heights resident Dave Lucas, Poet Laureate of the State of Ohio, will be reading his work at "Afternoon with an Author" on Nov. 2.

Ohio’s poet laureate, Dave Lucas, will read his work at the eighth annual “Afternoon with an Author,” hosted by the Cleveland Heights Chapter Q of Philanthropic Educational Organization (PEO) International. The poetry reading will be followed by a Q&A session, a book signing and a dessert reception on Saturday, Nov. 2, 2 p.m., at Forest Hill Presbyterian Church (3031 Monticello Blvd.). Tickets are $20.

Lucas’ first book of poems, Weather, received the 2012 Ohioana Book Award for Poetry. Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Rita Dove named him one of 13 “young poets to watch.” Lucas has also received a Discovery/The Nation Prize and a Cleveland Arts Prize. In 2018, he was appointed the second Poet Laureate of the State of Ohio. He lives in Cleveland Heights, and teaches at Case Western Reserve University. 

Past speakers at the event have included other area writers, including award-winning novelists Mary Doria Russell and D.M. Pulley, and mystery writer Annie Hogsett.

PEO International (, organized in 1869, is a nonprofit, philanthropic educational organization of women that raises money for women's education. It has about a half-million members in the United States and Canada, and chapters are designated by letters, not numbers or geographical location. Ticket sales will benefit its International Project for Women’s Education. Book sales will benefit A Cultural Exchange, a nonprofit organization promoting literacy.

For tickets or more information, contact Katie Rarick at 847-204-1555 or 

Donna Johnson

Donna Johnson is a member of Cleveland Heights Chapter Q of P.E.O International and a proud resident of Cleveland Heights since 1995.

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Volume 12, Issue 10, Posted 1:03 PM, 10.02.2019