Stonecoast MFA in Creative Writing

Stonecoast Student Kathleen Cerveny appointed Cleveland Heights, Ohio’s sixth Poet Laureate

The following article comes from the Heights Arts Organzation’s Heights Writes Committee. Heights Arts is a nonprofit community arts organization in Cleveland Heights, Ohio. Founded in 2000, Heights Arts cultivates a strong, diverse, and collaborative arts community by inspiring people of all ages to engage in the arts; supporting the arts through education; providing exhibition and performance opportunities; and fostering public appreciation for the arts. Visit

Kathleen Cerveny, appointed Cleveland Heights, Ohio’s sixth Poet Laureate in April, 2013 by Heights Arts, is an artist, poet, grantmaker and arts advocate. Each Poet Laureate in the program’s 8-year history has fulfilled the mandate to infuse community life with poetry with a unique project.  Cerveny’s idea, The Heights Poetweet Project, is an opportunity for people to participate directly in her creative life by tweeting.  Each month an event, location or topic relating to life in Cleveland Heights will be posted by Heights Arts through various media, and residents will be invited to tweet their feelings, reactions, memories, experiences, etc. related to the event, topic or location to the Poet Laureate #htspoetweet.  Cerveny will use this material to create one or more poems which will be published at

Watch Kathleen explain The Heights Poetweet Project:

Heights Poetweet Project calendar of events and topics:

MAY 4, 10 am:  Spring Tweets-Meet Kathleen Cerveny at Daffodil Hill at Lakeview Cemetery for spring tweets!  Blooms or no blooms, rain or shine, but not if it’s snowing.

JUNE:  Parks and Recreation-Tweet feelings, reactions, memories, and experiences from Cain Park, Forest Hill Park baseball games, Cumberland pool, and other outdoor activities.

JULY:  Stayin’ Cool-How do you do it in July?  Is your idea of cool a temperature, or an attitude

AUGUST:  My Vacation or Staycation-Tweet Cerveny from your vacation, or however else you’re chillin’

SEPTEMBER:  For Renters Only-Tweet Cerveny about your apartment or rental house—does it have a name?

OCTOBER:  Tree City-The leaves are changing colors, and falling.  Tweet about the ginko on the tree lawn, or anything related to twees.


About Kathleen Cerveny

Kathleen Cerveny has been a working artist, educator, development officer and award-winning producer of arts programming for public radio station WCPN 90.3 FM.  A graduate of the Cleveland Institute of Art, she has exhibited her artwork nationally and now pursues poetry as her chosen means of creative expression.

Kathleen joined the Cleveland Foundation in 1991. As the Foundation’s Director of Arts Initiatives she has shaped the Foundation’s Arts and Culture programs, leading major initiatives in public policy, capacity building and organizational advancement for the arts over the past two decades.  Current initiatives include Creative Fusion – a long-term community-based residency program for international artists, and Engaging the Future, a multi-year initiative for selected organizations focused on developing the next generation of arts audiences and patrons.  You can learn more about these initiatives at

Kathleen discusses arts, culture and ideas relevant to Cleveland in her blog:  In addition to leading the Foundation’s major arts initiatives, she is responsible for evaluating the impact of the Foundation’s grantmaking programs and for capturing and sharing learning from this work for the benefit of the Foundation and the community.

Kathleen is a member of Take Nine, a group of poets who write together and perform their poetry in venues throughout the region. She is currently pursuing her Masters’ degree in Poetry through the University of Southern Maine’s Stonecoast Creative Writing program. 

Her work has been published in Amoskeag: the Journal of Southern New Hampshire University, by Luna Press, Pudding House Press, Shaking Like a Mountain and elsewhere.   Kathleen is also one of Heights Arts’ past Haiku Death Match Champions.