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Neon by Michael Salinger
80 pgs. ISBN 0-933087-72-1 Published by Bottom Dog Press What happens when a punk grows up? Because that's what happens to Michael Salinger in Neon. What once was a welder's glare efficiently tucked into a Toolbelt of Cynicism has become Neon Has become Art, has become The Thing Illuminated. Of course Salinger is still a punk, too...Only now the work sets out a philosophy. Now he's given you something to hold, to relish, not fear. There's even prose here, sweet and sudden and folksy and smart and full of feeling. He invites you in, not kicks you out. To accomplish this all Salinger has to do was reinvent himself. Neon accomplishes this task. A poet, it seems might just be a punk grown up, and Neon makes a stunning debut. Bob Holman, creator of the PBS documentary, The United States of Poetry
So Real it's Surreal
16 pgs. ISBN 1-881786-50-1 A witty booklet of writing exercises based on Michael Salinger's workshops which use surrealist parlor games to nurture creativity and teach the understanding and use of imagery, metaphor and story structure. These activities will enhance any creative writing class and cure any writer's block! Spiral bound for easy classroom use.
Live from the Beachland Ballroom
This is the best of Cleveland Slam CD. Contains a big bunch of cuts from famous Clevelanders including, Sara Holbrook, Ray McNiece, Mary Weems, Dave Snodgrass, Amy Sparks, Terry Provost, Cleveland SlamMaster, Michael Salinger and more. Released by collinwoodmedia.
Venue Homepage: http://www.clevelandpoetryslam.com
Bio: Michael Salinger has offered his brand of creative writing workshops and performances from Land O Lakes, Florida to Homer, Alaska. He has presented at the IRA International Convention, NCTE, OCTELA, KSRA, University of Dayton Literary Festival and at colleges and schools across the United States. Michael Salinger brings twenty years of writing experience to his performances and workshops. A fun and imaginative way to present the concepts of creative writing along with pens to the paper exercises and digestible theory.
Salinger's enthusiastic approach has been proven successful with a wide demographic. Middle school classes, university level graduate students and teachers alike have benefited from these lessons. The method employed rises to and prods forward the level of the participants. Plus, it is so much fun participants may not realize that they are learning until it is too late.
· Assembly performances
· Poetry workshops
· Performance workshops
· Fiction workshops
· In service training
· Corporate creativity seminars
· Keynote addresses
1993 captain coach
1999 coach/slam master
2000 coach/slam master
2001 coach/slam master
2002 slam master/ National Poetry Slam organizer
PSI Member Since: 1998
Other Organizations: Executive Council, Poetry Slam Inc.
Poet's and Writer's League of Greater Cleveland
Cleveland Public Theater
National Council of Teachers of English
Poetry Slam Inc.
Slam Master: The Classic Cleveland Poetry Slam
-Four time feature at Chicago's Green Mill Uptown Poetry Slam
-Presenter/performer at the International Reading Association's international conference.
-Presenter/performer at the National Council of Teachers of English national conference.
-Presenter/performer at the Ohio Council of Teachers of English and Language Arts conference.
-Presenter/performer at the Association of College Unions International - international conference.
Has Also Performed for the following types of audiences:
NPS Finals Stage
Middle School Students
High School Students
Recurring Themes in Your Work:
I believe poetry should be descriptive, image and metaphor laden language. The plot or story of a poem should be the meat that the burglar uses to distract the watchdog while he continues about his business. Poetry is photography for the imagination. The teaching of the appreciation and writing of good poetry, strong in the fundamentals of creative writing, is the goal that one should aspire to.
My work tends to focus on an instant, freezing a moment for further reflection - allowing the reader/listener to draw their own conclusions based on their own experience. Recurring themes include, family, interaction with nature, and work.
Describe your most profound slam-related experience:
While being on the finals stage as a participant in 1992 and 1998 may have been the most butterfly in the stomach producing experiences - stage managing the 2002 finals and being a member of the Executive Council has been the most rewarding.
The opportunity that Slam has given me to perform and interact with such a diversity of audiences and with so much talent is something I cherish, but working with the teachers in the trenches is where it all really happens.