Jim Ferris to read poetry at local eventWritten by Matt Liasse | | email@example.com
Lovers of poetry will gather with Jim Ferris at a May 9 poetry reading at the Gathered Art Gallery and Studios. The gallery welcomes a guest speaker in a monthly series started by Joel Lipman. Ferris was motivated to join the event after attending it in months past.
“I thought it was just a great venue and a great opportunity to share work,” Ferris said.
Ferris was first published 20 years ago. He has lived in Toledo for five years and thinks the community has an interesting arts scene.
“I’m happy to participate with it,” he said.
At press time, he hadn’t given much thought to what he will read yet. But he did say the set will be broken up into parts, one being performance and the other being reading.
Ferris said specific poems work best being read to a crowd.
“To me, poems are a reflection of performance but they are also an invitation to performance,” he said. “Writing in itself is a performance act. Part of the writing process is reading something out loud.”
Ferris said writing is important to him.
“What on Earth could get me to stop?” he said “Writing is a great way to think and feel more fully. I reckon that’s what I’m here for.”
Lipman put the series together after being involved with poetry in the area for 37 years. He wanted poets to have a venue available for readings. He wants authors to “explore depth with audiences” as opposed to open mic nights.
“I think the goal is to revive great poetry readings,” he said.
Upstairs, Lipman is converting a studio into a classroom for teaching poetry. He will teach small groups of students.
“It’s a way to let people know there are opportunities for poets in different ways,” Lipman said.
Ferris will take the microphone at 7:30 p.m. on May 9, 23 N. Huron St. Lipman is excited to see Ferris perform.
“He’s a heck of a poet,” he said.