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Heartland Home | Sarah Strickley's "No Consolation" Book Release

  • Chase Public 2868 Colerain Avenue Cincinnati, OH, 45225 United States (map)


Is home where the heart is, or does our art tell us that it might live somewhere else? Join us for a one-of-a-kind event that explores ideas of home from the perspective of a range of writers, visual artists, journalists, and musicians with connections to the Cincinnati area. Attendees will enjoy readings by the poets, Lisa Ampleman, Les Kay, Sarah Rose Nordgren, Kristi Maxwell, and Linwood Rumney. In the category of visual arts, Libby Birkley and Erika Johns will walk visitors through their conceptions of home.
Editors Bob Strickley (from The Cincinnati Enquirer) and Suzanne McQuade (of The Cincinnati Anthology) will speak in conversation about the experience of presenting the identity of Cincinnati to audiences who may disagree about its core truths. 

Cincinnati-native Sarah Anne Strickley will read a story of home from her new collection of fiction, and the folk-rock band, No Consolation, will close the event with a performance evocative of, as the writer Jane Austen once memorably phrased it, the “real comfort” of home.


Lisa Ampleman is the author of a book of poetry, Full Cry (NFSPS Press, 2013), and a chapbook, I’ve Been Collecting This to Tell You (Kent State UP, 2012). She lives in Cincinnati, where she is the managing editor of The Cincinnati Review.

Libby Birkley is a mixed-media artist representing the youth of the greater Cincinnati area. She has received two Thomas Moore Exhibition Awards, a Gold Key Award for fine her fine art portfolio in the regional Scholastic competition, and is a 2017 Governor’s School for the Arts Visual Alumni. She will be attending the University of Cincinnati’s prestigious DAAP program in the fall. Her series of paintings is inspired by her family’s beekeeping practice.

Erika Johns received her BFA from the University of Cincinnati and has served as a creative director with a focus on video concept pitching, concept development, copywriting, and art direction at various studios in the greater Cincinnati area. Her series of paintings is inspired by her role as a mother.   

Les Kay is the author of the full-length collection At Whatever Front (Sundress Publications, 2016). He is also the author of the chapbooks Badass (Lucky Bastard Press, 2015) and The Bureau (Sundress Publications, 2015), as well as a co-author of the collaborative poetry chapbook Heart Radicals (ELJ Publications, 2016).

Kristi Maxwell is the author of seven books of poetry, including Bright & Hurtless (forthcoming from Ahsahta Press in 2018) and My My (forthcoming from Saturnalia Books in 2020). She currently lives in Kentucky, where she is an assistant professor of English at the University of Louisville.

Zan McQuade is a writer, editor, translator, photographer, and baseball enthusiast living in Cincinnati. She is the editor of The Cincinnati Anthology and her essays have appeared in Belt Mag, Medium Editors' Picks, Maura Magazine, The RS 500, The Daily Dot, and the Cincinnati Enquirer.

Sarah Rose Nordgren is the author of the poetry collections Darwin’s Mother and Best Bones, both from University of Pittsburgh Press. Her poems and essays appear widely in journals such as Agni, Ploughshares, The Kenyon Review Online, Copper Nickel, and American Poetry Review.

Linwood Rumney is the author of Abandoned Earth, winner of the Gival Press Poetry Award. He lives in Cincinnati with his wife and son and teaches at Union Institute and University, where he was recently awarded with a SOCHE Faculty Excellence Award.
Bob Strickley has been with the Cincinnati Enquirer and USA TODAY network for almost four years, running coverage of the Ray Tensing trials, Rhoden family massacre, Cameo nightclub shooting, the Kyle Plush tragedy, and Charlottesville terror attack, among other things. He was part of the team that won the Pulitzer Prize in local reporting this year and previously ran newsrooms in greater St. Louis, Portsmouth, Ohio and greater Boston, Massachusetts.

Sarah Anne Strickley is the author of the short story collection, Fall Together (Gold Wake, 2018). A Cincinnati-native, she currently lives in Louisville, Kentucky, where she teaches creative writing and editors the literary journal, Miracle Monocle, at the University of Louisville.  

No Consolation is a harmony-driven folk-rock band based in Cincinnati. Members include the poet, Phoebe Reeves, the fiction writer, Don Peteroy, and philosopher, Greg Loving. 


Chase Public
2868 Colerain Ave
Cincinnati, OH 45225

Saturday, August 4th
Doors 7:30
Program 8:00

Free, books for sale in need of homes

BYOB, respectfully. DIsrespectful B will be shunned with great contempt.