Yesterday's mail delivered two new projects for me that I've attempted to scan in here. Apologies for the crappy scans. One is "Above and Beyond: How Cleveland Made the 2007 NCAA Women's Final Four Rock!" published by the Greater Cleveland Sports Commission. I edited this project, which was designed by Brian Willse at Boondock Walker with photos by Rob Wetzler. The wrap-up book complements one Brian and I did on the 2004 International Children's Games. It's a visual look (with limited copy) at not only the Final Four games, but also the events and programming that surrounded the games. Here is the sports commission's David Gilbert on the games:
"We had a vision and desire to utilize the NCAA Women's Final Four as a catalyst for community engagement and a platform to highlight and forward issues important to women and girls. While the games were the centerpiece of the event, the ancillary programming brought the community into the event."
The second is a piece I originally posted here that was used in the premier issue of MUSE, the new quarterly publication of The Lit, formerly Poets and Writers League of Greater Cleveland. This publication replaces Ohio Writer and features literature and visual art, including a stunning cover image by local artist, Douglas Max Utter. The Lit is currently in the throes of a transformation, so if you haven't had the chance to check it out, I encourage you to do so. The move downtown to the Artcraft building, the re-branding and the overhaul of classes and offerings looks promising. Cleveland needs to capitalize on its vibrant literary and visual arts community, so I'm proud to support this new effort.