Nobody Road Trips to Akron, Ohio!
In a few weeks, my partner Brock and I (and our newest furry addition, Penny) will be taking our first week-long road trip together—to Akron, Ohio.
It’s not exactly a tourist hot spot or sunny beach resort or the kind of place where you drink the water. Akron is our destination because I’ve been invited to be an opening reader for Meg Johnson's book release party on Saturday, April 19.
Meg is releasing her first full-length poetry book—Inappropriate Sleepover. Her poems have appeared in Slipstream Magazine, Midwestern Gothic, Stone Highway Review, Word Riot, SOFTBLOW, and others. She even read at the first ever Espresso Yrself reading (before it was even called Espresso Yrself)!
After the reading, we’ll head west and snake our way up the eastern coast of Lake Michigan, eventually crossing the Mackinac Bridge into the Upper Peninsula. This will be new territory for both of us and will probably include something like car camping, watery diner coffee and wrong turns (which can also sometimes be right turns).
To finish out the week, we plan to end up in Duluth, our first trip destination together almost exactly one year ago. Stay tuned through April. It’s guaranteed to be an adventure.
Graphic by Brock Petrie, my human GPS