Cleveland State University Poetry Center was originally established in 1962 at the former Fenn College of Engineering to promote poetry through readings and community outreach. In 1971, it expanded its mission to become a national non-profit independent poetry press under the auspices of the Cleveland State University Department of English, and has since published over one-hundred-fifty titles. The Poetry Center has retained its focus on publishing collections of contemporary poetry by established and emerging authors, while preserving its original legacy of providing educational outreach to the literary community of Northeast Ohio and maintaining a regular poetry reading series which now brings an average of fifteen poets a year from across the country to give public readings at Cleveland State University. The Poetry Center is committed to acquiring, through first-book and open-book competitions, stylistically distinctive and skillfully crafted collections from an aesthetically diverse range of authors. The Poetry Center is proud to have published works by such poets as David Baker, Beckian Fritz Goldberg, Thomas Lux, Thylias Moss, Claudia Rankine, Tim Seibles, and Franz Wright. Recent and forthcoming titles include collections by Helena Mesa, Mathias Svalina, Allison Titus, Liz Waldner, Allison Benis White, Eliot Khalil Wilson, and Sam Witt. The Poetry Center also serves as an educational resource for the undergraduate, MA, and MFA students at Cleveland State not only through its reading series but also by providing internship opportunities and involving students in both editorial and production aspects of literary publishing.
Frank Giampietro,Interim Director of the Cleveland State University Poetry Center and Visiting Assistant Professor of English at Cleveland State University.
Giampietro is the author of Begin Anywhere (Alice James Books, 2008) and co-author of Spandrel (Small Craft Advisory Press 2011) with Denise Bookwalter and Book O' Tondos (The Painters Left, 2010) with Megan Marlatt. Awards for Giampietro's poetry include a Walter E. Dakin Fellowship from Sewanee Writers' Conference, a Kingsbury Fellowship from Florida State University, a fellowship from the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and a Florida Book Award. He is the creator of the web poetry projects La Fovea and Poems by Heart. His poems, nonfiction, and short-short fiction have appeared in journals including 32 Poems, Barrow Street, Black Warrior, Copper Nickel, FENCE, Ninth Letter, and Ploughshares. After earning his PhD in English from Florida State University in 2008, Giampietro served as a resident scholar at The Southern Review. He lives in Cleveland, Ohio and Farmington, Maine.