Next Folk & Fiction Event: 9/25

CCC Members!

The next Folk & Fiction is set for Sunday, September 25th. The event will take place from 3-5pm at Java Central Cafe in Westerville (20 S. State St.).

Folk & Fiction features local authors, poets and singer-songwriters performing their original creative works. The lineup for the upcoming event includes:

Music by The Castros – Based in Columbus OH, Sara and Marco Castro have been making waves regionally and internationally with their heartfelt folky tunes. Named Best Local Band in 2013 by (614) Magazine (and runner-up in 2012 and 2014), the Castros are a staple of the local music scene and have played throughout the U.S. and Europe. Alternating between haunting emotional pieces and catchy and happy tunes, their performances are dynamic and memorable!

Poetry by Chris Minton – A member of the Ohio Poetry Association, The Columbus Creative Cooperative and Writer’s Ink, Chris has had poems featured in publications such as Mad Swirl and Common Threads. He is also a past winner of Brilliant Flash Fiction Magazine’s international flash fiction contest. Chris is also a songwriter and member of the Columbus Songwriters Association. He can be heard around town reading his poems and short stories and performing original songs.

Short Stories by Tom Barlow – Tom is an Otterbein grad and writer of speculative fiction whose stories have appeared in Crossed Genres, Redivider, Hobart, The Apalachee Review, Heater, Plots with Guns and many other magazines and anthologies, including Best American Mystery Stories and the upcoming CCC anthology, Best of Ohio II. His science fiction novel “I’ll Meet You Yesterday” is available from Bundoran Press and his short story collection “Welcome to the Goat Rodeo” is available from PageSpring Publishing.

Come out and support the CCC and enjoy an afternoon of creativity…see you there!

6/12 Folk and Fiction Lineup Set

CCC Members! Our next Folk & Fiction is all set. This free event will happen from 3-5pm on Sunday June 12th at Java Central Café in Westerville (20 S. State St.).

In case you’ve been in hibernation for the last few years, or are new to CCC, here is the deal with these events – we recruit super talented and creative types to share their gifts in the form of original songs, stories and poems.

This event in particular is one you don’t want to miss, so mark your calendars and tell a friend. You’ll be treated to performances from the following:

Rick Barr – Rick has been playing guitar for 30 years and has self-produced several albums of both original songs and cover tunes.  He’s been playing shows in and around Columbus for a few years and is known for sets that feature both classic rock and country.  His latest album is a rock opera titled “Seventy Lies”, which will be available June, 2016 on CD and in online stores.

Matt Betts – Matt is the author of two novels (Indelible Ink and Odd Men Out) and a collected work of poetry (See No Evil, Say No Evil). His work has been published in dozens of journals and his poem “Godzilla’s Better Half” was nominated for a Rhysling Award. Matt also teaches writing workshops and seminars, coordinates writing groups and acts as a panelist in a wide variety of venues.

Jamie Sagle – After working for years with other local bands, songwriters and musicians, for the last several years Jamie has been writing her own songs, which reflect on trials of life and finding the strength within to overcome.  Jamie has been featured on WOSU’s “Songs at the Center” and was recently a finalist in the Columbus Songwriters Association’s Finale Showcase.

Brenda Layman – Brenda is a freelance writer whose work has appeared in Pickerington Community Magazine, Ohio Valley Outdoors magazine and other outdoor magazines.  Her short stories have appeared in a number of CCC anthologies. Brenda is also a watercolor artist and a member of the National League of American Pen Women and the Outdoor Writers of Ohio.

Anisa Gandevivala – Anisa Gandevivala is a writer, poet and artist who lives in Columbus, Ohio; her work is about teasing the edges of comfort zones to create growth, and, she enjoys exploring the impermanent nature of things. Anisa studied to be a physician and worked as a leader in healthcare before she became a full-time barrier-breaker and rabble-rouser… she has been featured as a reader and speaker at a number of events and you can learn more about her art and balance workshops via the facebook page, ‘The Connection Experiment’ . Most of the time, she procrastinates when it comes to writing bios because labels can be such a bore.

3/20 Folk and Fiction Lineup Set

Okay, CCC members, here are the details on the next Folk & Fiction event, which will take place at Java Central Café (20 S. State St. in Westerville) from 3-5pm on Sunday, March 20th.  On the docket this time we’ve got two truly outstanding music acts – Chris Shaw and Daniel Dye.  Because National Poetry month is coming up, we’ll be doing poetry readings instead of short stories and we’ve got a great lineup of poets.

If you’ve been to a previous event, you know how creatively cool they are! What better way to spend the afternoon on the first day of spring (yes, that’s the day of the spring vernal equinox and the 100th anniversary of the publication of Einstein’s Theory of Relativity…what a day!).  Support CCC by grabbing a buddy and heading over to Java Central on the 20th.  Information on all of our performers is below.


Daniel Dye:  Daniel was born and raised in rural Ohio, but spends much time working and traveling throughout Europe and Asia.  He writes music, and is sometimes accompanied by the Miller Road Band – a combination of cello, mandolin, banjo, fiddle, harmonica, accordion, and guitar.  His songs have been featured many times on several different NPR programs.  In reviewing his album Blinded Again, called his music “thoroughly organic and full of soul.”

Learn more about Daniel here.

Chris Shaw:  Chris is one of the most talented – and busiest – songwriters in Central Ohio.  He performs as Topher James & Biscuit Brigade and has been featured in Columbus’ 614 Magazine. His EP “Art & Soul” was released in 2014 to critical acclaim. described it as “rich with funky guitar licks” and “lyrically rich storytelling.”  Chris is a member of The Andy Shaw Band, which plays original soul, rock and reggae.  He’s also half of the acoustically-driven Shaw Brothers.

Learn more about Chris here.


We’ll be featuring poets who were published in CCC’s poetry anthology The Ides of March: An Anthology of Ohio Poets.  This is a unique opportunity to hear some of Ohio’s best poets in one place.  Our readers include:

Jennifer Hambrick – Jennifer’s poetry has been honored with a Pushcart Prize nomination, and her debut chapbook was nominated for an Ohioana Book Award.  She also won the Ohio Poetry Association’s 2013 Ides of March contest and has received many other recognitions for her work.

Jack Schwarz – Jack formerly taught writing and literature at two Ohio universities and subsequently worked as a ghostwriter for the Ohio General Assembly.  These days he provides interfaith pastoral care within several area medical facilities.

Hannah Stephenson – is a poet, editor and instructor living in Columbus.  Her poems have appeared in a variety of publications, including the Huffington Post. In 2013 she published a full-length collection of poems.  She is the founder of Paging Columbus, a literary arts monthly event series with a local focus.  Hannah was also the editor of the CCC poetry anthology.

Jordy Lawrence Stewart – originates from the small town of Cedarville, Ohio.  When he isn’t busy writing or studying he also enjoys spending time writing music, painting and diving into the various scenes and creative landscapes of greater Columbus.

Scott Woods – is the author of We Over Here Now and has published widely.  He has been featured multiple times on NPR, was the President of Poetry Slam Inc. and emcees the Writers’ Block Poetry Night in Columbus.


Folk & Fiction Columbus – This Sunday!

The next Folk & Fiction Columbus is right around the corner!  The event will take place this Sunday, August 30th from 3-5pm at Java Central Café in Westerville–20 S State St, Westerville, OH 43081.

You won’t want to miss this one.  We’ve got some fantastic stories lined up.  Ed Davis and Joe Downing, both of whom have had stories published in CCC anthologies, will be reading.   Our featured songwriters – Kelly Vaughn and Anthony Mossburg – are incredibly talented, award-winning composers.

Folk & Fiction Columbus is free and open to the public. You do NOT need to be a CCC member to attend, so grab a friend and come enjoy some local literature and local music this Sunday.  This is a wonderful opportunity to support the Cooperative and the local arts scene.  See you there!

8/30 Folk & Fiction Performance Lineup Set

We’ve got a dazzling lineup for the upcoming Folk & Fiction event (3-5pm Sunday August 30th at Java Central Café in Westerville). Following are brief bios on the musicians and authors who are slated to perform.


Anthony Mossburg – Anthony has received significant local and national recognition. His self titled album broke the Top 10 Indie albums on iTunes and was named the Country Album of the Year in Ohio. Anthony recently won the Columbus Songwriters Association’s Year-End Showcase. He has opened up for many global acts and has been a featured artist on ReverbNation.

Kelly Vaughn – Kelly grew up in Sunbury and these days performs full time throughout Ohio. In August of 2014, she released an EP of original songs entitled Ordinary Girl “The Home Recordings” which has sold 500+ copies to date. Kelly has opened for national touring artists and was invited to be the opening performer for Mansfield’s Brickyard Stage Final Friday Concert Series.


Ed Davis – a former writing teacher at Sinclair Community College, Ed also taught fiction and poetry at the Antioch Writers’ Workshop. He is the author of several novels, most recently The Psalms of Israel Jones, published in 2014 by West Virginia University Press. In 2013, Ed also published Time of the Light, a full-length poetry collection. Ed has also contributed poems and short stories to many anthologies and journals.

Joseph Downing – Joe is a writer and attorney residing in Dayton, Ohio. He is the author of the non-fiction book The Abundant Bohemian (Boyle & Dalton, 2014), and was a contributing writer for Columbus Creative Cooperative’s anthology, Best of Ohio Short Stories: Volume I. You can read his blog at

Make sure you get over to Java Central on the 30th to support CCC and hear some great stories and songs!

Save The Date: Folk & Fiction 8/30

Mark your calendars, CCC Members! The next Folk & Fiction event is set for Sunday August 30th from 3-5pm at Java Central Café in Westerville.

These events combine CCC members reading their published short stories and local singer-songwriters performing their original tunes. Come out and support this dynamic and totally cool event.

Details on the authors and musicians will be forthcoming shortly. If you’re interested in reading at an upcoming Folk & Fiction event, please email me at


4/26 Folk & Fiction Event Fast Approaching!

It’s time to mark your calendars if you haven’t already done so.  The next Folk & Fiction Columbus is right around the corner!  The event will take place on Sunday, April 26th from 3-5pm at Java Central Café in Westerville–20 S State St, Westerville, OH 43081.

You won’t want to miss this one. Join the Facebook event here.

We’ve got some fantastic stories lined up.  Brian McHugh will be reading a story called “Go!”, which he had published a couple years ago.  Noell Wolfgram Evans, who has read at a previous F&F event, will be reading a couple of quick, humorous shorts.

We are still in search of one more author to read at this event. If you have a previously published short story, we’d love to give you the opportunity to share it with our audience. Contact if you’re interested in reading this Sunday.

On the music side, our theme is “Youth is Served!”  Lauren Tucker (age 14) and Hunter Rich (age 16) are a couple of extraordinarily gifted singer-songwriters who will be performing at the event.  Both are part of the Java Central songwriting circle that is sponsored by the Columbus Songwriters Association, and both will blow you away with their ability.

Folk & Fiction Columbus is free and open to the public. You do NOT need to be a CCC member to attend, so grab a friend and come enjoy some local literature and local music this Sunday.

Folk & Fiction Columbus: Call for Readers!

Hey CCC friends and members!  The next Columbus Folk and Fiction event is set for April 26th  from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Java Central Café in Westerville.  Ohio authors will share the stage with local singer-songwriters in what is turning out to be one of the most creative things happening in Columbus! We are now recruiting authors to read at the April event.

Here’s the deal:

  • We’re looking for complete short stories that have been published. It is not necessary for the story to have appeared in a CCC anthology – it just needs to have been published somewhere – although we reserve the right to give priority to those stories that have appeared in a CCC anthology.
  • The story can be any genre as long as it is appropriate for a coffee house audience on a Sunday afternoon!
  • The story should ideally take no less than 15 minutes and no longer than 25 minutes to read in its entirety.

If you’d like to be part of sharing your creative gifts with the world at a ridiculously cool event, please submit your short story for consideration today! We’ve got 2-3 slots available, which will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis (unless for some reason your submission does not meet the above criteria).

To be considered as a reader at this event, email your story to Chris at:

Folk & Fiction is a free event hosted by Columbus Creative Cooperative. The events feature Ohio authors reading their published short stories and local singer-songwriters performing their original tunes. The readers and musical acts take turns performing, with a brief break built in at the midway point of the show. There are typically two or three authors and two musical acts performing at each event.

Join the Facebook event here.

One of the musical performers at the next Folk & Fiction is Lauren Tucker. Do yourself a huge favor and check her out. Lauren is part of a songwriting group that is sponsored by the Columbus Songwriters Association and has impressed even the most seasoned songwriting vets in the group. She’s written some haunting and soulful tunes that she’s performed during open mic nights. And the reason you absolutely must come and see Lauren? She’s fourteen! If you closed your eyes and just listened to her tunes, you’d never guess it. You’ve got to hear it to believe it!

Java Central is a great venue and a terrific supporter of the arts. Arrive early, get a tasty drink and check out the art hanging throughout the coffee house.

Questions about Folk & Fiction, or interested in performing? Email Chris at