Almeda Street Poets performance to benefit Cherry Street MissionWritten by John Dorsey | | firstname.lastname@example.org
The Almeda Street Poets will host a benefit performance for the Cherry Street Mission at The Attic on Adams on March 20.
The event will feature Kerry Trautman, Adrian Lime, Jonie McIntire, Michael Hackney, and Michael Kocinski, as well as selections from Lori Kuykendall and the late John Swaile.
The group first got its start in the classroom at the University of Toledo.
“Lori Kuykendall and I first met in a poetry class taught by Dr. Sara Lundquist. Then we started reading at the Grasshopper and then went to the Original Sub Shop. We were young, crazy, foolish and trying to do something. We asked if people wanted to get together and read some poetry,” said founding group member Adrian Lime. “A few weeks later, John Swaile showed up and then people just started to come by. Then I met Kerry and Jonie in one of Joel Lipman’s classes and, before you knew it, we had like 40 people coming by every week, which was more than the house on Almeda Street could handle. So eventually we moved the reading to Sam & Andy’s. We put out an anthology and really had something going, but as people moved and started to have families it was harder to find time to all get together. “It was Mike Hackney who suggested that we all read together again. That was a few years ago, we read in Bowling Green and raised money for NAOMI House,” Lime said.
Each reading that the group produces is intended to spread awareness of an organization or issue that the poets care deeply about and in some way impacts the community. The Cherry Street Mission benefit will run from 7-9 p.m. and will include an open mic after the featured readers. The reading is free and open to the public. The group will be passing the hat several times during the reading for donations.
“I don’t think we’ll raise a lot of money, but we’ll do what we can, and intend to have a great time regardless. I think if John Swaile were here today he would be really proud of what we’re doing and would have had a hand in where we’re headed. He was such a big force and was so kind and was always pushing us toward something good.”
The Attic is located at 1701 Adams St.
For more information on how to donate, visit www.cherrystreetmission.org.