In the spirit of National Poetry Month, OCBC will be hosting a poetry reading at the Hart Crane Memorial Park after next Saturday’s social ride. The reading will feature two local poets and will begin shortly after the ride ends. Please come out and support the local writing community and enjoy the scenery by the river.
Nicole Hennessy is a mastermind always scheming big ideas. She is currently working to launch Universal Eccentrics, a creativity and positivity incubator for artists and communities. She previously cofounded a free art and literary publication, Miser Magazine. Nicole is also a writer for Brooklyn-based SPDance’s A Chance to Dance team, which works internationally to empower vulnerable girls, women and kids through dance. In addition, she is a board member for the Winter Warmth Mission, which works to get warming items and shelter to individuals sleeping on the streets; and a wild wmn, where her work is frequently published. At the root of the chaos, Nicole is a wife, mother, freelance journalist, poet and dreamer.
Leanne Hoppe holds an MFA in poetry from Boston University and works as a teacher, editor, and translator in Cleveland. Her work has appeared in Bayou Magazine, Gravel, Asymptote [translations published on blog], This Is Not Where I Belong, Driftwood Press, spoKe, and elsewhere. Her translations of Italian poet Michela Zanarella were published as Meditations in the Feminine by Bordighera Press (April 2018).
Social rides are the first Saturday of every month (unless it’s a major holiday, then we’ll ride the following Saturday) and meet at the co-op at 10 am. The ride leaves by 10:30 am, and always returns by noon. These rides are free (though donations are appreciated!) The route usually includes a visit to a free local event like a street fair, or has a “theme” like Underground Railroad sites or public art, with related stops along the way, and we always ride as a group, so no one is left behind. Hope to see you on April 7th!