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First Fridays

The Western Sullivan Public Library is hosting a 10th anniversary First Fridays Author Series! With only 2 more remaining, join us Friday, November 3rd, from 6:15pm to 8:30pm to see a national award-winning author, hear a local feature, and participate in open mic. Polish up your poems, and soak up some good words! Register on the library’s calendar at  For additional information, email  

The evening starts at 6:15 pm with an open mic sign-up and continues with national award-winning poet Ray McNiece, who has authored eleven books of poems and monologues and CDs, most recently Love Song for Cleveland, a collaboration with photographer Tim Lachina and Breath Burns Away, New Haiku. In a review of his second theatre work, Us? Talking Across America, the Star-Phoenix said, “His thoughtful writing combines with perfectly timed delivery to create a powerful wordscape that owes as much to jazz as drama.” He has toured Italy twice with Beat poet Lawrence Ferlinghetti. He fronts the improv band Tongue-in-Groove. He has received a Creative Work Force Fellowship, a CPAC grant, and residencies at The Cuyahoga Valley National Park and the Jack Kerouac House. He was the 10th Poet Laureate of Cleveland Heights. He received the Cleveland Arts Prize Lifetime Achievement Award in 2021. He was awarded a $50,000 Poet Laureate Grant from the American Academy of Poetry for his Poem for Cleveland Project in 2022 from which the anthology “Poem For Cleveland” was created. Local features this month: Chana Pollack and Doug Rogers.

This event is funded with funds from the Statewide Community Regrant Program of the New York State Council on the Arts with the support from the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature and administered by Delaware Valley Arts Alliance.

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