Author Author is a monthly Published Writers event offered by the Coffee Phix Cafe to spotlight local Cleveland Authors. You need only be published to qualify to participate in the program. Each month we feature 4 to 6 local writers in a mini marathon of appearance and book signings. The Cafe takes NO COMMISSION on book sales, and charges NO FEE for the use of the space. With this program on the last Sunday of each month we will spotlight 1 Author each hour from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm depending on the number of writers we feature. If you've been published and would like to be a part of our monthly Author Author Writer Series please send email to firstname.lastname@example.org or contact us at 216-381-5705.
Sunday January 29th Featured Writers Previously featured Authors listed below
A Parrothead at heart, Chloe’s love for pirates began with Peter Pan and continued with Pirates of the Caribbean and ghost stories about pirates from the Outer Banks. She listens to Celtic music while she writes. When life gets too serious, she reads Calvin and Hobbes comics. She lives in Ohio with her tall, dark and handsome husband, three children and two rambunctious dogs, Indiana and Luke, who are named after her two favorite action heroes.
Descended from a family of cooks and gourmet chefs, Chloe is a true foodie and along with working for fortune 500 companies in marketing and teaching MBA students strategic marketing, she also ran a gourmet cookie company. Cooking for a crowd runs in the blood, so her fridge is always full. She deals with stress by baking pies (just ask her college roommates what it was like for them around exam time).
Her idea of a perfect day? Sailing on the Caribbean with her family, sun in her face and wind at her back, and finishing the day in the kitchen making a fab gourmet meal and sipping a glass of wine.
Sunday January 29th at 1:00 pm Jay Floyd Amazon Jay Floyd writes from the unique viewpoint that life is a parade where each person strolling by has an impact on countless others as we all move through our individual journeys. The author himself is, among other roles, a father, husband, brother, son, poet and musician. Dealing with and overcoming loss, anxiety and PTSD are part of his personal testimony and they appear as central themes in much of his writing.
His debut book, the memoir entitled The Poet Who Watched the Whole Parade, can be seen as a window allowing a reader a unique yet true to the core view of the harsh yet beautiful realities of one life. Although primarily about Jay Floyd and the loved ones he lost; it is something highly relatable to any reader. This book is a reflection of his journey through life and the parade of those that impacted him deeply.
The Unofficial Guide to Fatherhood is his second book which outlines the pressures, expectations and challenges of being a father. As fathers, we want to give the best to our children. This book helps to add to the much-needed growing dialog amongst fathers in today's culture. Written by a group of 9 (fathers), this book combines personal anecdotes with highly useful tips to provide readers with a resource for relating, growing and learning as we all strive to be the best father, caregiver, friend and teacher a child could have.
Of course the books aren't purely stories and the readers get to take something with them as well. A lot in fact; the books serve as valuable lessons and strong reminders about the purpose and processes of life and what one can expect from it during his/her time here. This makes the books suitable for all ages where one can have memories (both good and bad) to relate to.
Jay Floyd beautifully uses words to paint vivid pictures while retelling events. His work consistently delves into aspects of human nature and he presents, for readers, a unique take on life and with the ultimate bold message: love is the ultimate victory regardless of anything and everything that life could throw at you or put you through.
A graphic-novel dreamscape of a young mother’s journey through PTSD, loss, grief, and a ceaseless search for closure reveals a laboring and healing spirit, emergent within a metaphoric Bardo Thodol experience-- where recovering beauty, meaning, and truth from a mute and incomprehensible darkness prepares her passage for rebirth. The Seeker alchemizes dream narration, journals, letters, poetry, and artwork into an antidote to the poisons of Narcissistic and birth abuse and the toxic shock of living amid terrorism and civil unrest.
"A young American woman converted to Judaism gives birth to a child in Israel. Confronted by familial prejudice and contempt, denied access to the country’s health-care system, she and her husband transcend the horrors of a questionable midwifery to return to the United States, shaken, haunted, and ultimately enlightened. The record of the experience, beautifully woven with Jewish and Native American myth, filtered through the crucible of poetry and dream sequences, defies categorization and may be unprecedented. Here is a shot, a cannonade, fired in testament to the human spirit, to self-determination and the moment-by-moment creation of a habitable, compassionate universe.
Image by compelling image, it builds and expands on an appreciation of the timeless mysteries of Amichai’s ‘The two of us together, and each one alone.’ " -Tom Kryss, American Beat Poet, “Book of Rabbits,” “The Search for the Reason Why” "Hilary brings a most intimate, challenging, and personal experience to a level of art and beauty and healing. Her work, which includes paintings, installation, writings, and found objects resonates with viewers. Some of her pieces relate to the birth story specifically, others to meta-references to the Exodus story, and others to the image of family love and endurance. Hilary's partnership with the creative spirit and her mastery of expression allows her work to be felt and appreciated from many perspectives, and is emotionally and spiritually moving. This is Hilary's creative power." -Sara Hurand, co-founder and facilitator of the Jewish Arts and Culture Lab Fellowship, Cleveland, Ohio
"Women who experience a traumatic labor, birth, or postpartum period often deal with the consequences for years to come. This complicates the healing process and affects their future pregnancies and births. Hilary’s artwork and writing is her healing process, allowing her to cope with the devastating experience she has lived through." -Shannon Sasseville, Certified Doula SGM/SBD, Regional Coordinator for Sufficient Grace Ministries
Sunday January 29th at 3:00 pm Barbara J. Essex Amazon Best Selling Author Barbara Essex our featured writer, grew up in Chicago, IL, and has lived in a number of cities throughout the US. Her interest in storytelling and the Bible has led to a study series focusing on biblical characters we love...and love to hate. Her third book (and she has penned several), "Bad Boys of the Bible: Exploring Men of Questionable Virtue," won The Pilgrim Press Mayflower Award for Spirituality in 2003. Essex is a sought-after speaker and is known for her wit and down-to-earth style. She connects the biblical story with contemporary life, drawing on her vast personal experiences. She currently lives in Cleveland, OH.
Come see Barbara in person on January 29th at 3:00 pm. at the Phix.
Previously Featured Writers in our Author Author Series