Brews + Prose

Posted on 16 November 2012

With a craft beer in hand at the Market Garden Brewery’s Brews + Prose reading series on Tuesday night, I joined a sizable crowd to hear some beautifully written essays and poetry about my adopted city and its residents. Then I read my own essay, signed some copies of the anthology, and posed for photos with my writing buddy and fellow contributor Huda.

Later that night, Peter said to me: “I’m glad I got you to move to Cleveland. You wouldn’t be a Rust Belt author otherwise.”

He’s right, isn’t he?


8 responses to Brews + Prose

  • Teri says:

    Hey, are those giant bottles of booze on the podium? That’s my kind of reading!

    I bet you were great, Laura. Wish we could have all been there….

  • Elissa Field says:

    Congratulations on the reading, Laura! It looks like a great setting — and I hope it felt good to be sharing your essay. Congrats also on the book club reading Living Arrangements (in your prior post) — what a great experience to have people sharing your work.

    • I’ll be honest — it was weird reading the personal essay out loud. Not bad, but weird. I think this type of reading requires a different sort of preparation. I’ll do it again, but it was an experience…and I still like hiding behind my lies.

  • Erika Marks says:

    Laura, this looks/sounds like it was EVEN cooler and more fun that I had imagined. I always think readings are best when they are with a group of writers–there’s less pressure and more fun!

    Wishing you a great holiday next week.

  • Josephine says:

    what a super cool venue. you look gorgeous.

    i swear, when it gets a little warmer again, i’m making the trek to one of these ohio readings to sit in your audience.

    (should you make it far enough south to read in cincinnati, i’ll be there in a heartbeat, which equals approximately an hour and a half drive by car.)

    a rust belt author. sounds so…literary.

    • You might be just the boost I need to look into a Cincinnati event. I’ve never made it that far south in Ohio (and I still can’t spell Cincinnati right on the first try) but this could be the kickstart that I need. I’ll let you know if anything pans out…

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