Brews +  Prose Presents



On Saturday October 20th 2018, Brews + Prose invites readers, writers, and publishers from around Cleveland to gather in the historic Tremont neighborhood for the inaugural Cleveland Drafts. This one-day literary festival will feature local writers working in fiction, poetry, nonfiction and playwriting at every stage of their careers. Our featured writers will perform “drafts” or creative “works-in-progress” to offer audiences a glimpse into their creative process. Festival goers will enjoy snacks and beer at local Tremont businesses and performances hosted by Twelve Literary Arts, Gordon Square Review / Literary Cleveland, the NEOMFA Playwrights, and the Cleveland State University Poetry Center. Join us at 1:00 PM to kick off the festival at Visible Voice Books on Professor Ave, and stick around for an after party at Lava Lounge where Cleveland’s readers and writers will come together to celebrate the richness of our literary communities.

The first 50 to register will receive a free book!

Festival ScheDule

Saturday, October 20th, 2018
Check-in at 1:00 PM at Visible Voice Books
2258 Professor Ave, Cleveland


1:30 PM

Panel at Visible Voice Books
Reading by Sydney Copeland and Faith Kim
Hosted by Brews + Prose

3:00 PM  

Kapitan / Levine / McClain / Stovicek
Hosted by The Cleveland State University Poetry Center
Rob Hartshorn Studio & Gallery
2342 Professor Ave, Cleveland

4:00 PM 

Kremer / Bainter / Bremkamp / Elswick / Meyers
Hosted by the NEOMFA Playwrights
2247 Professor Ave, Cleveland


5:00 PM

Allen / Bracken / Maneage / Smith
Hosted by Gordon Square Review / Literary Cleveland
Hotz Cafe
2529 W 10th St, Cleveland

6:00 PM

Davis / Harris / Quade
Hosted by Twelve Literary Arts
Lava Lounge
1307 Auburn Ave, Cleveland

7:00 PM

After party!
Hosted by Brews + Prose
Lava Lounge
1307 Auburn Ave, Cleveland

Featured Writers

Amber Allen
Klae Bainter
Conor Bracken
Jacob Bremkamp
Sydney Copeland
Teri Cross Davis
Paul Dickerson
Morgan Elswick
Jason Harris
Joe Kapitan
Faith Kim
Kate Kremer
Phyllis Levine
Angelo Maneage
Ali McClain
Ralph Meyers
Mary Quade
Michelle R. Smith
Amanda Stovicek


A to B to CLE: Towards a Literary Community in Cleveland will offer perspectives on the assets and challenges of creating a cohesive literary community, one that supports its members while attracting others from throughout the region and the nation.

Panelists include:

Dee Perry (Moderator)
Leila Chatti
Chris Johnston
Caryl Pagel
RA Washington



The Cleveland State University Poetry Center, established in 1962, publishes between three and five books of poetry, prose, and translation each year with a national distribution and reach. In addition to publishing, the CSU Poetry Center promotes contemporary literature via the Lighthouse Reading Series, the Anisfield-Wolf Fellowship in Writing and Publishing, community outreach and workshops, and as an educational resource for Cleveland State University’s students by providing assistantship and internship opportunities as well as involving students in the editorial and production aspects of literary publishing.



Gordon Square Review is an online literary magazine published biannually by Literary Cleveland to showcase emerging writers nationwide and internationally, award editing mentorships, and provide a venue to spotlight Northeast Ohio writers.

Literary Cleveland's mission is to create and nurture a vibrant literary arts community in Northeast Ohio.



The NEOMFA Playwriting program focuses on transitioning playwrights to a professional life in theatre. Students engage their unique, individual voices through small-group workshops, regular public readings and opportunities to study with noteworthy visiting artists.



Twelve Literary Arts brings performance poetry to public spaces, while supporting poets and writers of all ages with youth programming, adult professional development, and brave spaces to dream, write and teach into reality a world of social justice and equity.  


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