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July 31, 2018 Literary Cleveland

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On Wednesday evening, we started the month of August by going to the "Happy Dog at the Euclid Tavern" to attend an event which was part of Literary Cleveland's "2018 Cleveland Inkubator" series which, from July 31st to August 4th, offers five days of programs for readers and writers.

On this occasion, the happening that we attended was "Outloud Cleveland" which the Literary Cleveland website described as "a reading and storytelling event that brings together writers of fiction, poetry, and storytellers from the LGBTQ+ community in Northeastern Ohio." (see http://www.litcleveland.org/Outloud-Cleveland.html)

Thus, we were treated to readings and recitals by such artists as E.F. Schraeder, M. Margo, L.S. Quinn, and Penelope Jeanne Girlblood.

Alex DiFrancesco, who acted as emcee, said that it was great to showcase, in just one event, these very talented people from different places, different backgrounds, who wrote in varied styles.

We enjoyed sitting and visiting with a man named Bruce who described himself as an "appreciator" of art. After we told Bruce that we worked for "Margaret W. Wong & Associates, LLC" he recalled a recent instance where he stood in a line in a grocery store and overheard conversations taking place in both Spanish and Nepalese. Then, as he was walking to his car, he passed some people speaking in a Palestinian dialect. This made Bruce realize that he was fortunate to be living in such a place as Cleveland where diversity and multiculturalism are welcomed and respected.

 

Michael Patterson

Community Liaison

Margaret W. Wong & Associates, LLC

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