CAC to host Rane Arroyo memorial readingWritten by John Dorsey | | firstname.lastname@example.org
Rane Arroyo, the renowned local poet and professor who passed away May 7, will be memorialized as part of a tribute reading and remembrance at the Collingwood Arts Center on June 19.
Arroyo, who spent a number of years teaching and mentoring students as a member of the UT English department, was the author of several volumes of poetry including “Don Quixote Goes to the Moon” and “The Singing Shark.” He was the recipient of the Carl Sandburg Prize for Poetry and a number of other national awards including the Pushcart Prize.
The memorial event was conceived and organized by Michael D. Grover. Grover, who is originally from Florida, moved to the Toledo area in 2008. He is the founder of Covert Press, and has published books by highly regarded local authors such as Ray Patrick and Bob Philips. In addition to serving as an artist in residence at the CAC, he is the co-host of its weekly open mic series.
“Rane’s work is very imaginative. Through words he was able to put himself in other places. He was just extraordinary that way,” Grover said. “He was the best writer in the city, but honestly, any poet who works in Toledo and helps contribute to our community, deserves to be remembered for their work, and I would do this for anyone. A large part of Rane’s legacy is the way he touched his students; he really hung in there for them until the very end of his life,” Grover said.
In addition to honoring Arroyo, the event is serving as a benefit for the Paws and Whiskers Cat Shelter. The event is being hosted by New York poet Luis Chaluisa, the author of “Spic Chic: The Adventures of the Last Nuyorican,” which was published by Fly by Night Press.
“We chose to have this event benefit Paws and Whiskers, because they’re a no kill shelter that Rane was really passionate about,” Grover said.
The reading is free and open to the public. Guests are invited to read and share their memories of Arroyo. The event will take place in the CAC C-wing basement from 4 to 6:30 p.m. The CAC is located at 2413 Collingwood Blvd.
For more information, call (419) 244-ARTS or visit www.collingwoodartscenter.org.