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Literary Programs

Ekphrastacy heights Writes literary program


Poet Laureate Christine Howey


EKPHRASTACY: Artists Talk + Poets Respond

The Ekphrastacy literary program is a series of artist talks + poetry readings held regularly in the Heights Arts gallery, in conjunction with our special exhibitions. Cleveland-area writers are invited to view the installed artworks and respond with a poem. Four weeks after the exhibition opens, the artists talk about their work and the poets read their poems, often resulting in a surprising dialogue.

Ekphrastacy evenings—centered on recent exhibitions of photography, paintings, works on paper, sculpture, and mixed media—have been very popular, drawing large and enthusiastic audiences to the gallery.


ADD POETRY TO YOUR NEXT EVENT: Cleveland Heights Poet Laureate booking

Poetry and a party!
Poetry and a meeting!
Poetry and a celebration!

Poetry can make any event more memorable. And now, you can add a dash of poetry to your next get-together. The current Cleveland Heights Poet Laureate, Christine Howey, is available to be booked for appropriate events in the northeast Ohio area (with suggested donation to Heights Arts).

Ms. Howey, a Cleveland Heights resident, is a well-known performance poet. She has performed her humorous, emotional and insightful work at many high-profile venues including Playhouse Square, Cleveland Public Theatre, and in New York City. As the eighth Poet Laureate, she is working with Heights Arts to expand the appreciation of poetry throughout this region. Please contact us to learn more.

See EVENTS for a complete listing of upcoming literary events.


Heights Writes poet laureate literary program



In 2005, Heights Arts and the City of Cleveland Heights named its first Poet Laureate to create programs that infuse poetry into community life. Collaborations have included the lively Haiku Death Match, Twitter poetry project (PoetTweet), community workshops, and our ongoing Ekphrastacy series.

The eighth and current Cleveland Heights Poet Laureate serves for a 12 month period, beginning April, 2016, and concluding at the end of March, 2018. Poets must be residents of Cleveland Heights through the full term of service if selected for the office. READ MORE about the office of Poet Laureate.


2016-2018 Christine Howey


2015-2016 Meredith Holmes


2013-2015 Kathleen Cerveny


2011-2013 Cavana Faithwalker


2009-2011 Gail Bellamy


2008-2009 Mary E. Weems


2006-2007 Loren Weiss


2005-2006 Meredith Holmes



Awake at the End: A Heights Arts Poet Laureate Anthology

Both a poet laureate primer and a collection of fine poems, Awake at the End collects the poetic output of the first three Cleveland Heights poet laureates, Meredith Holmes, Loren Weiss, and Mary E. Weems, poets who found themselves awakened by their tenures as poet laureate. A project of Heights Arts and Bottom Dog Press. By Meredith Holmes, Loren Weiss, Mary E. Weems, and John Panza. 2008


Familiar at First, Then Strange 

Launched at INKubator. By Meredith Holmes. 2015