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Poet Philip Metres to headline Silo City Reading Series launch

Award-winning Cleveland area based poet, scholar, activist, and Russian language literary translator Philip Metres will be the headliner at the first Silo City Reading Series event of the summer season this Saturday night at  100 Childs Street in Buffalo's grain elevator district.

The reading, which also features Buffalo-based artist, writer, and Bon Aire Projects co-founder Jon Rutzmoser, music by the new music collective Wooden Cities, and a paper art installation by visual artist Maude White, is part of the larger Silo Sessions launch party and fundraiser featuring over 30 performances by bands, solo musicians, poets, spoken word and media artists on three different stages in the Silo City complex.  The performances begin at 5 p.m. and extend through 11 p.m., with Metres scheduled to read at 10:15 p.m. at the Marine A Elevator stage.  For a complete listing of the schedule and location of the performances, visit

The  Admission is $15 at the gate, or $10 through the Kickstarter project page ( that has been created for the Silo Sessions launch.

Metres, a professor of English at John Carroll University in Cleveland, where he teaches American Literature and creative writing, is the author six books of poems, including "A Concordance of Leaves" (Diode Editions, 2013), abu ghraib arias (Flying Guillotine Press, winner of the 2012 Arab American Book Award in Poetry ), "Ode to Oil" (Kattywompus Press, 2011),  and "To See the Earth" (Cleveland State University Press, 2008).  He is also author of  the critical study "Behind the Lines: War Resistance Poetry on the American Homefront since 1941" (University of Iowa Press, 2007), and translator of  "Catalogue of Comedic Novelties: Selected Poems of Lev Rubinstein (Ugly Duckling Press, 2004) and "A Kindred Orphanhood: Selected Poems of Sergey Gandlevsky" (Zephyr Press, 2003).

He co-edited the anthology "Come Together: Imagine Peace: An Anthology of Peace Poems" (Bottom Dog Press, 2008), and is the creator of the award-winning "Behind the Lines: Poetry, War, and Peacemaking" blog.  Among the numerous other awards and honors he has received are a National Endowment for the Arts Individual Artist Fellowship, and four separate individual excellence awards from the Ohio Arts Council.

For more information on the Silo City Reading Series, which returns to its regular "art party" format on July 11  with a reading featuring Detroit-based poet Tarfia Faizulla, visit

--R.D. Pohl

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