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Local Authors Pair Up to Redefine OWE Community Spirit

Posted May 30th, 2012 by Craig A. Combs  Category: Arts & Entertainment

 

Two published writers have teamed up to showcase their artistic talents at this year’s Old West End Festival. Lisa Simon Ramsey, a Toledo native who writes under the pen name Moubellalisa, and Craig A. Combs, a native of Flint, Michigan, and current Parkwood Avenue resident, are planning to exhibit their recently published books by proving the old saying still holds true: there is always strength in numbers. By joining forces for this annual spring event, the pair have also made it their mutual goal to demonstrate the true spirit of camaraderie, which has historically and aptly defined the Old West End’s creative community.

Craig lived and worked in the Old West End during the 1990s and once again calls it home, after spending two decades in the Deep South and traveling around the world on his personal search for healing and self-discovery. Last fall he published his life’s collection of poetry spanning three decades, titled Taking Tea in the Black Rose: Singing Through the Shadows Until We’re Dancing in the Light, from which he has been regularly reading at open mic and solo events throughout Michigan and Ohio since January. His is a story of transcendence and self-acceptance that mirrors his classic literary education while incorporating a unique candidness and style all his own.

Moubellalisa is a well-traveled and seasoned performer, voice artist, writer and speaker who is pleased to bring her debut book, Dreams to Dream, to the Old West End Festival this weekend. This compelling memoir chronicles a woman’s personal and professional challenges in a quest to become a true performer. The OWE Festival holds a special place in ‘Lisa’s heart owing to the many shows, concerts and venues in which she has performed there over the years. What a perfect place to bring together her love of music and writing!

Moubellalisa and Craig will be on-hand to sign copies of their books and to share their personal stories on Saturday & Sunday, June 2nd & 3rd, from 10 am until 5 pm each day. All festival-goers are welcome and encouraged to stop by for a visit, hear excerpts from their recently published books, and try a sample or two of freshly brewed tea, as well. Their covered booth will be located at 2232 Parkwood Avenue, just north of Bancroft.

Have a Happy Festival, everyone! We hope to see you all there!

For info on Craig A Combs: www.blackrosetea.com
For info on Moubellalisa: www.moubellalisa.com

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