Readings & Contact


Virtual Reading of “Revival Revival” with feedback from Geauga Parks District 2020 Nature Writing Contest Judge Bob Coughlin (28:24-30:55)

This virtual celebration of our 25th Annual Nature Writing Contest winners features eight winners ages 18 and up paired with the thoughts of adult categories judge Bob Coughlin.

August 4th, 2019 at 3:00 pm

Geauga Park District’s 28th Annual Nature Art Festival @ Big Creek Park

Judges share thoughts on winning pieces and writers read their published work from the summer Park Explorer Activity Guide.

December 6th, 2018 at 7:00 pm

Women in Poetry Night at Lakewood Public Library

This evening will highlight the challenges of being a poet, a translator, and a woman. Leanne Hoppe discovered just how much of a task translating poetry is while translating Meditations in the Feminine from the original by Michela Zanarella. Sarah Marcus will read from her raw and emotional collection They Were Bears. Books will be available for sale and signing at this event.

February 3th, 2018 at 2:00 pm

Gallery Opening: Words Made Visible

The opening for Lit Youngstown’s month-long exhibit will be Saturday, February 3, 2:00 to 5:00. The Soap Gallery is at 117 S. Champion St., downtown Youngstown. Refreshments will be served.

Words Made Visible is a literary-visual art collaboration. In blind judgings, poems and prose by Ohio-affiliated writers were selected to be printed on posters, broadsides and stamped into sidewalks. Students in YSU art classes chose poems and stories and responded to them through visual art.

My work will be included in:

YSU Painting students, professor  Dragana Crjnak
“And time slips by…” Diane Kendig
“Bearing October” by Sarah Marcus-Donnelly
“Empty Elevator” by Joshua Gage
“Feral” by Laura Grace Weldon
“Under the Overpass” by Riley Gable

YSU Ceramics students, professor Missy McCormick
“All Her True Knowing” by Kari Gunter-Seymour
“An Obligation” by Emily Reid Green
“And Dog Said” by David Lee Garrison
“Autumn Nude,” by Jennifer Hambrick
“Bearing October” by Sarah Marcus-Donnelly
“Bittersweet Goodbye” by Kayla Jeswald
“Blush: A Cinquain Duet” by Emily Reid Green
“Cairn” by Mari Alschuler
“The Chaos We Hear” by Pamela Anderson
“Crows” by Neil Carpathios
“Do we have any rock and rollers out there tonight?” by Allison Pitinii Davis
“Endings” by Kari Gunter-Seymour
“Every Hole is Open” by Juliet Cook
“Fault Lines in My Mouth” by Juliet Cook
“Garden of Hope” by Cheryl Ciavarella
“Gypsy Cartography” by Sergio Ortiz
“Feral” by Laura Grace Weldon
“Living in Geauga County” by Steve Brightman
“November” by David Lee Garrison
“Orpheus: Once a Traveler” by Robert Miltner
“War” by Ari Sheik

December 6th, 2017 at 7:00 pm

Coast Line: Poetry Reading Lakewood Public Library

Coast Line: Poetry Reading Series Readings by Sarah Marcus-Donnelly and AKeemjamal Rollins in the Main Library Auditorium

October 13th, 2017 at 4:00 pm

Fall for the Book: Mason’s Poetry Alumni
Listen to poems from new books by Mason’s esteemed alumni: Sarah MarcusSheila McMullinRanjani MuraliNicole Tong, and Sarah Ann Winn. Marcus uncovers nature, wilderness, desire, and trauma in They Were Bears. In daughterrarium, McMullin writes of the human spirit, human body, loss and compassion.  Murali reads from Blindscreens, the 2016 Almost Island Manuscript winner. Tong continues with verse on loss with How to Prove a Theory. And Winn reads from her latest publication, Alma Almanac, the winner of 2016 Barrow Street Book Prize. This event is part of the University Libraries’ Mason Author Series. Sponsored by So to Speak and the Office of Student Media.

April 18th, 2017 at 7:00 pm

Between the Lines: Writing About Race

Register (free) here:

Tues. 4/18/17, 7pm
Happy Dog at the Euclid Tavern, 11625 Euclid Ave 

$: FREE!



Join us Tues. April 18th at The Happy Dog at the Euclid Tavern for a critical discussion of A Race Anthology: Dispatches and Artifacts from a Segregated City. An intimate and profound portrayal of past and present race relations in Cleveland, A Race Anthology features evocative work from a chorus of local writers, artists, and activists. Part of Lit Cleveland’s monthly “Between the Lines” event.

Featuring writers Ali McClain, Peter Whitt, and Sarah Marcus-Donnelly, and moderated by Policy Matters Founder Amy Hanauer. Stick around to ask questions of the speakers!

A Race Anthology was published last year by GTK Press, and was edited by celebrated artist and GTK founder RA Washington, and City Club Chief Executive Officer Dan Moulthrop. Pick up a copy here.

March 20th, 2017 at 7:00 pm

Poetry in the Woods Celebrates International Women’s Month with Breshea Anglen, Dianne Borsenik, & Sarah Marcus-Donnelly at Shaker Heights Public Library

March 10th, 2017

Episode 70 of SAFTAcast is here! Sarah Marcus-Donnelly joins us to explore the roots of her obsession with bears and horses, and tells us what all her tattoos mean!

Pick up Sarah’s latest book, They Were Bears, from Sundress Publications, and keep up with all her stuff at her website!

March 8th, 2017 at 7:00 pm

I’m looking forward to speaking at Fairmount Temple‘s “Social Action Teach-In” in Beachwood, Ohio from 7:00 pm– 8:30 pm

“In this moment of societal divisiveness, we must advance substantive and respectful dialogue as a temple community. It is our collective investment in the social compact that is critical to the future of civic life here in Cleveland. We are fortunate that Fairmount Temple includes many individuals who spend every day working to bridge the gap of racial, economic, and social injustices in our midst.

On Wednesday, March 8, Sarah Marcus-Donnelly and Charles
, both temple members, will join us for a teach-in, reflecting on essays they have published in the newly published A Race Anthology: Dispatches and Artifacts From a Segregated City (edited by Dan Moulthrop and RA Washington).

This discussion continues our conversations around race featured at our Yom Kippur Stern Social Action Lecture and our book group discussion of Bryan Stevenson’s book, Just Mercy. We look forward to joining together as one community in pursuit of Tikkun Olam – repairing the world.

To RSVP, please contact Cathy Kaus at 216-447-9539 or Copies of the essays, which we recommend reading before the gathering, can be found here, as well as copy of Rachel Laser’s remarks from Yom Kippur, Why Atone for Racism?”

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February 11th, 2017 at 4:30 pm

Panel: VIDA Count in the Classroom
4:30pm:– 5:45pm
Room 209ABC, Washington Convention Center, Level Two

VIDA Count in the Classroom. (Holly Burdorff, Camille Rankine, Sarah Marcus-Donnelly, Prageeta Sharma, Mariahadessa Ekere Tallie)

Panelists will present best practices for incorporating VIDA Count data into a creative writing class — how to: talk to students about inequities in literary publishing, use Count information to re-shape syllabi, and create assignments which aim to close the reviewing gap. Panelists have a range of teaching experience (with regard to geographic location, grade/degree level and academic affiliation) and as such, they will present on and discuss a wide variety of classroom settings.

February 9th, 2017 at 6:00 pm

Sundress Publications, Agape Editions, and ELJ Publications Reading
6:00pm-8:00pm at Madam’s Organ Blues Bar

Readers from Sundress Publications: Neil Aitken, Sarah Marcus, Natalie Giarratano, Karen Craigo, and Xochitl-Julisa Bermejo. From Agape Editions: Nandini Dhar and Kazim Ali. From ELJ Publications: Stacey Balkun, Jessica Walsh, Nicole Oquendo, Joanna Valente, Janeen Pergrin Rastall, and Chance Castro

February 6th, 2017 at 12:00 pm

A panel discussion of the acclaimed book, “A Race Anthology: Dispatches and Artifacts from a Segregated City.” This panel features an in-depth discussion of the acclaimed book, “A Race Anthology: Dispatches and Artifacts from a Segregated City,” co-edited by City Club Chief Executive Officer Dan Moulthrop and Guide to Kulchur founder RA Washington. Panelists consist of contributors to the anthology, which concentrates on the history and current manifestations of segregation in Cleveland. This panel promises to promote substantive and engaging discussion of the meaning and development of matters of race and systemic racism in Northeast Ohio.

November 16th, 2015 at 7:00 pm

November Poetry in the Woods (18 Year Anniversary with Dave Lucas, Sarah Marcus, and Philip Metres) at Shaker Heights Public Library Bertram Branch

November 22nd, 2014 radio interview

Prosody: Pittsburgh Radio for Contemporary Literature
Prosody, which airs every Saturday morning on listener-supported WESA 90.5 FM, is Western Pennsylvania’s only regularly scheduled radio program featuring contemporary poets and writers. WESA is an NPR affiliate, with transmission reaching into Pennsylvania and surrounding states.

November 12th, 2014 at 7:00 pm

Poetry in the Woods Reading Series (Mary Biddinger, Christine Howey, and Sarah Marcus) at Shaker Heights Public Library Bertram Branch

June 26th, 2014 at 8:00 pm

What’s New in Poetry? Reading Series (Sarah Marcus, Leah Umansky, Carleen Tibbetts, Matt Mauch, and Alexandra Naughton) on the first floor of the Emory University Bookstore (1390 Oxford Road Atlanta, GA 30322)

June 17th, 2014 at 6:30 pm

10th Daniel Thompsonathon Potluck (Sarah Marcus, Maj Raigan, Katie Daley, Ra Washington, Michael Bradley, Dan Rourke, and Barry Zucker) at the Horseshoe Lake Park Pavilion, Shaker Heights, OH. Rain or shine!

May 28, 2014 at 7:00 pm

Poetry in the Woods Reading Series (Sarah Marcus, R.A. Washington, Marco Wilkinson, and Daniel Gray-Kontar) at Shaker Heights Public Library Bertram Branch

January 9, 2014 at 7:30 pm

Uncanny Voice Series (Sarah Marcus)

the Sally Tatnall Black Box Space
Guide To Kulchur: Text, Art, and News
1386 W.65, Cleveland, Ohio 44102

sponsored by Hydeout Press, Cleveland Books 2 Prisoners, and GTK Press. The entire series is underwritten by the generous support of Community Partnership for Arts and Culture 2014 Creative Workforce Fellowship, and is free to the public

December 17, 2013

Poetry in the Woods Reading Series (Sarah Marcus, Dan Rourke, Joe Toner) at Shaker Heights Public Library

October 5, 2013

Words Dance Poetry Festival (ten featured readers) at Mahall’s 20 Lanes

July 7, 2013

Poetry Soiree (Andy Clausen, Sarah Marcus, Mike Steffen and Pamela Twining) at Mac’s Backs Books

May 4, 2013

Four Poets Event (Molly Fuller, Sarah Marcus, Robert Miltner, and Andrew Rihn) at Mac’s Backs Books

September 22, 2012

Poetry Reading (Miles Budimir, Sarah Marcus & Jesse McGuinness) at Mac’s Backs Books


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