The Geauga Arts Network Group (GANG) is pleased to welcome Patrick Culliton to its June meeting. He will be discussing his literary journey and presenting excerpts from his published works, including his recent book, ”Sam’s Teeth.” A Cleveland native, Culliton draws on life in America’s rust belt to present an eccentric collection in which he experiments with rhyme and colloquialism.
Culliton’s hometown gets refracted through his wry perspective into something fresh and bewildering. In his poetry he describes places where “Flies write the state song onto sides of cattle,” and “The flag makes slurping noises.” Culliton is the recipient of a 2018 Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence Award, which recognizes artists’ outstanding accomplishments in a variety of disciplines. He began writing verse in high school and later became an English professor.
Becoming dissatisfied with the way part-time instructors are treated, he decided to take a job with the Chardon Library, which he found to be a perfect fit. “Libraries are full of stories, both on the shelves and within the people inside the buildings,” he remarks.
This program, which is free and open to the public, will be held at the Heinen’s Café, 402 Center Street in Chardon, on Tuesday June 18th from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 pm. Audience participation is welcome. The Geauga Arts Network Group is an ad hoc group whose mission is to promote communication, collaboration, and cooperation across all artistic disciplines, for artists living and/or working in Geauga County and surrounding communities. For further information, contact Nicky Bucur at 216-240-1501.