Open Mic & Walking With Whitman: John Dorsey (May 4)

WWBA continues its eighth season of its signature series Walking with Whitman: Poetry in Performance. The event begins with a 6 pm community mic, free with admission. After a musical prelude, the main event begins at 8 pm with the featured poet. Doors open at 5:30 pm.

John Dorsey is an American poet, playwright, newspaper journalist, and screenwriter. Since 2005, he has been a journalist for the Toledo Free Press interviewing celebrities such as Ted Nugent and Rikki Lake. He has written the regular poetry column GLASS CITY MUSE since October 2010 and currently serves as editor of their Star Poetry page. Dorsey was born in a military hospital in Hawaii on November 27, 1976. The eldest son of John V. Dorsey Jr. and Donna Dorsey, he was raised in Greensburg, Pennsylvania. He also graduated from the University of the Arts in 2002, with a B.F.A. in Writing for Film and Television. Born with cerebral palsy, Dorsey has actively spoken to help raise awareness for those with disabilities.

Dorsey’s first published credit as a poet came in 1992. His work has since appeared in hundreds of small press and academic journals and anthologies. He has authored a number of collections of poetry and has received multiple nominations for the Pushcart Prize. He has read at many different venues around the globe. Dorsey has also worked extensively in both theater and film. His first play, Moon Magnets, was produced Off-Broadway at the Producer’s Club in 2001. A second play was published by Zygote In My Coffee in 2004. His first feature length motion picture, Buffalo Diamonds, was produced in 2011 under the direction of Christopher Lance. The film is based on an original short produced by Dorsey.

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