A simple belief...


That listening to great writing while sipping great beer could make both experiences better. Brews + Prose was founded in the summer of 2012 with this idea in mind and six years later our mission has grown to showcase America's great authors to Cleveland and to showcase Cleveland to America's great authors. We want you to join us. Readings are held the first Tuesday of every month at 7:00 p.m. in the beautiful Ohio City Room at Market Garden Brewery located at 1947 W 25th St, Cleveland, OH 44113. And when you buy a book, you'll receive a free beer.

Photos by Hilary Bovay and Carissa Russell

Upcoming Event

Tuesday, July 2
Seventh Anniversary Celebration


Join us for happy hour to celebrate our 7th anniversary of Brews + Prose. We'll be hanging out across the street at Bier Markt before we head back to Market Garden for our regularly scheduled programming (Brews+Prose 7th Anniversary with Mary Norris and Maggie Smith). Your ticket includes 1 beer ticket, hors d’ oeuvres and access to some of your favorite readers from the last 7 years. Supporting this fundraiser and Brews + Prose allows us to continue bringing in national authors to our series, while still elevating local voices. We hope to see you there! Buy your tickets here.

Anniversary Reading
With Mary Norris and MAggie Smith

Photo by Josef Astor

Photo by Josef Astor

Mary Norris is a writer and editor who lives in New York City. Originally from Cleveland, she was educated at Rutgers University, in New Jersey, and at the University of Vermont. Her first book, the New York Times best-selling “Between You and Me: Confessions of a Comma Queen” (Norton, 2015), was about her day job at The New Yorker, where she worked for over thirty years as a copy editor. Her latest book, “Greek to Me: Adventures of the Comma Queen” (Norton, 2019), is about what she did in her spare time: study Greek, travel in Greece, read the classics, and otherwise cultivate life as a philhellene.

Devon Albeit Photography

Devon Albeit Photography

Maggie Smith is the author of three award-winning books of poems: Lamp of the BodyThe Well Speaks of Its Own Poison, and Good Bones, named by the Washington Post as one of the Five Best Poetry Books of 2017. The title poem of her most recent book was called the “Official Poem of 2016” by Public Radio International and has been translated into nearly a dozen languages. Smith’s poems have appeared in the New York Times, Tin House, The Believer, The Paris Review, Kenyon Review, Best American Poetry, and on the CBS primetime drama Madam Secretary. A Pushcart Prize winner, Smith has received fellowships and awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Academy of American Poets, the Ohio Arts Council, and the Sustainable Arts Foundation.


Upcoming Events 

(Readings at Market Garden Brewery Unless Noted)

Sunday, June 30
Talking About Text with Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards
@ Rockefeller Park & Greenhouse

Tuesday, July 2
Mary Norris and Maggie Smith


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Series founder Dave Lucas receives a 2016 cleveland arts prize.