Coast Line: Poetry Readings by M. Carmen Lane, Major Ragain, Dan Rourke and Joe Turner
M. Carmen Lane is a poet and diversity consultant. Lane, whose first collection of poetry, Calling Out After Slaughter (GTK Press), has been published in various journals. A contributor to Sovereign Erotics: A Collection of Two-Spirit Literature, they are currently working on a collection of essays entitled Savage.
Major Ragain has taught at Kent State University in each of the last six decades, starting in 1969. He is the author of five collections of poetry, the latest of which is A Hungry Ghost Surrenders His Tackle Box (2006), with a new and selected poems edition slated to be published this spring. He has hosted open poetry readings around Kent for thirty four years, now ongoing monthly at Last Exit Books.
Dan Rourke has performed his poetry for twenty-five years in the Cleveland area. Rourke is a poet and fiction writer, a former school teacher and bookseller. He is a 2014 recipient of a Creative Workforce Fellowship from Cuyahoga Arts and Culture.
Joe Toner is the only son of an albino Amish mother and a Tasmanian missionary father. Toner exploded onto the literary scene with his collection of poems: The Love Song of J. Alfred Amblyopia. Critics rave that his poetry ranges from the inscrutable to the incoherent. He has entertained thousands of troops, mainly the Boy Scouts, and has a star on the Poetry Hall of Fame sidewalk in Nome, Alaska, although it’s usually covered by snow and teams of dog sleds. Toner has written twelve books, the last one being A Yo-Yo for Yul Brynner.