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Kathleen Cerveny Is Named Cleveland Heights' Newest Poet Laureate

Cerveny is encouraging the community to participate in her creative process with The Heights Poetweet Project

Heights Arts has named Kathleen Cerveny as the city of Cleveland Heights' poet laureaute for 2013-2014.

She will be joined by outgoing Poet Laureate Cavana Faithwalker and will read a poem or two at the Cleveland Heights City Council meeting at 7:30 p.m. Monday at City Hall.

Cerveny has been involved in the local scene as an artist, poet, grantmaker and advocate.

A graduate of the Cleveland Institute of Art, Cerveny was a producer of arts programming for public radio station WCPN 90.3 FM.

Cerveny joined the Cleveland Foundation in 1991 and, as the Foundation’s Director of Arts Initiatives, shaped the Foundation’s Arts and Culture programs.

Now, as poet laureate, Cerveny has started The Heights Poetweet Project, which will allow people to participate directly in her creative life by tweeting.

Each month an event, location or topic relating to life in Cleveland Heights will be posted by Heights Arts through various media, and residents will be invited to tweet their feelings, reactions, memories and experiences related to the event, topic or location to the Poet Laureate #htspoetweet.

Cerveny will use this material to create one or more poems which will be published at the Heights Writes Blog.

From the Heights Arts web page, here are the Heights Poetweet Project calendar of events and topics:

  • Spring Tweets:  May 4, 10 a.m.  Meet Kathleen Cerveny at Daffodil Hill at Lakeview Cemetery for spring tweets!  Blooms or no blooms, rain or shine, but not if it’s snowing.  
  • Parks and Recreation: June 1-30 Tweet feelings, reactions, memories, and experiences from Cain Park, Forest Hill Park baseball games, Cumberland pool, and other outdoor activities.
  • Stayin’ Cool: July 1-31 How do you do it in July?  Is your idea of cool a temperature, or an attitude?
  • My Vacation or Staycation: August 1-31 Tweet Cerveny from your vacation, or however else you’re chillin’
  • For Renters Only: September 1-30  Tweet Cerveny about your apartment or rental house—does it have a name?  
  • Tree City: October 1-31 The leaves are changing colors, and falling.  Tweet about the ginko on the tree lawn, or anything related to twees.

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