Join poets R. Nikolas Macioci and Nick Gardner for readings from their latest collections, both narratives about addiction.
Ohio Poetry Association is Gramercy’s Community Partner for this poetry reading.
Macioci will read from A Human Saloon, a beautifully penned, cautionary story of how addiction can ruin a relationship. His collection takes the reader through a four-year deterioration of a partnership that tested the author’s sensibilities and devotion. Macioci is the author of two chapbooks, as well as five books. His work has been published in more than two hundred magazines here and abroad. Most recently, his work was published in The Society of Classical Poets journal, Clark Street Review, Blue Unicorn, and Chiron Review. He earned a PhD from The Ohio State University, taught English, Writing and Drama in Columbus City Schools, and has received numerous awards for his poetry.
Gardner will read from So Marvelously Far, a story of addiction and recovery in the small, Rust Belt town of Mansfield, Ohio. Though these 49 poems in sonnet form do touch on the depravity and sorrow caused by addiction, they focus in on a theme of recovery, both celebrating and questioning what it means to “revitalize,” to gain a new life. The effect of this collection has been called “one of unsettling vision as well as one of poetic power.” Nick’s previous work includes his chapbook, Decomposed (2017). His poetry and fiction have appeared in Inlandia, Oddball Magazine, What Are Birds Journal, and many others. In his seventh year of recovery from opioid addiction, his research involves the current drug epidemic as well as alternative recover methods. Nick has a B.A. in English from The Ohio State University and is currently enrolled in the MFA fiction writing program at Bowling Green State University.