Thursday, July 19, 2012


August 22, 2012           Nature Center at Shaker Lakes with poet Kathleen Cerveny

Creating poems and origami, Kathleen Cerveny was a hit as our last Pop-Up Poet of the summer at the Nature Center at Shaker Lakes.

Ladybug Haiku

July 18, 2012           Noble Road Library with poet Shelley Chernin

Shelley Chernin used ukelele, words cut from magazines and her own collection of books of poetry to attract library patrons to the PUP booth.  She sang (yes, in a library!) "Come write a poem with me..." an original song she wrote to engage people of all ages to create poetry.  Some people wanted to hear her read, others wanted to sit and write. It was an afternoon of words at their best!

Shelley singing for people to "Come write a poem with me..."

Shelley writing with a young man.
Words and music attract everyone!

July 14, 2012        Cain Park Arts Festival with poet Cindy Washabaugh

Poet Cindy Washabaugh was our PUP poet in front of the Alma Theater at the Cain Park Arts Festival on Saturday, July 14.  Cindy worked her poetic magic as people stopped to see what words they could create and form into poems using materials Cindy brought with her.  Cavana Faithwalker was also there to lend a lens and poetic hand. The poets are using the new "Poetree" portable booth,
constructed by Ted Ferringer, P.J. Doran and Jason Radcliffe. Many thanks to them for making our Pop-Up events more portable!

Cindy Washabaugh works with a young poet.
Three word prompt:  oboe, stone, jewel

June 23, 2012    Mac's Back's Books on Coventry with poet Dianne Borsenik
Dianne reading from her current chapbook

Dianne Borsenik regaled passers-by with her poems and invitations to read with her or just listen on Saturday night in front of Mac's Back's Books on Coventry Road. Current poet laureate, Cavana Faithwalker, was there to help distribute poems and give poetic support.  People paused, applauded and were sometimes persuaded to share their own poetry.  Thanks to Dianne for her generosity and creative, energetic spirit!
Dianne becomes a "beat" poet.

June 8, 2012   Pop-Up Poetry launch with poet Cavana Faithwalker

Cavana Faithwalker launches Pop-Up Poetry outside of the Heights Arts gallery on Lee Road. Cavana set up in the mini-park near the gallery which was having an opening of their show, Materiality. Many people stopped to sit awhile with Cav and co-write a personal poem which he finished and e-mailed to them afterward.
Cavana shares a word or two with a potential poet.
Word-smithing on the sidewalk.


  1. Great photos! I had the pleasure of popping in on Chernin's pop up at the Noble branch library and witnessed some wonderful interactions between the poet and public. Actually, it seemed that the line between poet and public was not so clear at all, as one young man demonstrated by pulling out his cell phone and reading an original poem on the spot. That was only one the day's many happy surprises! Thank you, Heights Arts, for creating this very special series of events.

  2. Thanks for stopping in John. Loved the cell phone poem too. Hope you can pop in to the August events (see earlier posts on this blog).