Ray McNiece

Ray McNiece


“My passion for poetry led me to teaching to spread that love of language and learning. Students will experience the word through narrative, lyric and dramatic modes, poetry will come alive from the page to the stage. Through 25 years of teaching, students have taught me that they inherently possess a great wellspring of creativity that only needs to be tapped.”

                                                                                           – RAY McNIECE

Ray McNiece combines his talents as a poet, author, actor, director and educator to offer a variety of performances and workshops for students of all ages. Ray’s programs unite poetry and monologues with classics, multicultural works, comedy and audience participation for a lively mix that makes writing come alive from the page to the stage.

For more information please go to his website:  http://www.raymcniece.com


2000-14 Western Reserve Writers’ Conference. Lakeland CC, OH
2010 OLRC (Ohio Literacy Resource Center), Keynote, Columbus OH.
2010 Skyline Writers Conference, Presenter, Cleveland, OH
2010 ECIRA, Keynote, Euclid, OH.
2008 CRA (College Reading Assoc.) Keynote, Sarasota, FL.
2003 ASU Language Arts Symposium, Keynote, Boone, NC.
2001 Tour with Yevgeny Yevtushenko, Russia.
1999 Tour “Pullman My Daisy” with Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Italy.
1997 Tour “City Lights Italia Opening”, with Ferlinghetti, Firenze.
1996 Keynote with Robert Bly, First Coast Writer’s Conference, Jacksonville, FL
CPAC Arts Collinwood Grant, Oral History Project, 2013,
Creative Workforce Fellowship CPAC, 2012
Artist-in-Residence, WRHS Museum, Cleveland, Ohio 2004-09.
2001 Writer-in-Residence Award, Jack Kerouac House, Orlando, Florida.
2001 Artist-in-Residence Award, Cuyahoga Valley National Park, Ohio.
2001 Hart Crane Award, Kent State University, Stark, Ohio
1999 Award of Excellence, Northern Ohio Live, Cleveland Ohio.
1999 Lyricist Review Song Award, Lyricist Review, Canton, Ohio.
1999 Grand Slam Champion, Arkansas Celebration of the Arts, Hot Springs.
1992&94 National Poetry Slam Champion, Boston and Cleveland Teams.
The Lives of A Poet, Solo Theatre, Cleveland Public Theater, Big Box 2015
Tongue in Groove Poetry Music Review, Various Venues, 1994-2015.
Rustbowl Hootenanny, Musical –Appalachian Out-Migration, Creator. CPT, 1999.
Mouth Music, Music Poetry Review, Director/Performer,CPT, 1997.
Homegirl Meets Whiteboy, with Shawn Jackson, Alternate Roots Fest, 1995.
US? Talking Across America, Orlando Fringe, various venues, 1990-94.
Dis–Voices From a Shelter, Edinburgh Fringe Fest and various venues, 1988-90.
Open Mind Firmament, An Evening of Yeats, Cuchullain, CPT, 2010.
Highway Ulysses, Viet Nam Vet, Dobama Theatre, 11/2004
The American Revolution, Johnny Freeman, (lead) Bad Epitaph, Summer 2004
Flanigan’s Wake, Improvisational Theater Piece, Cleveland, 1996-2003
Follow the Seasons, Johnny Appleseed (lead) Cleveland Playhouse, 2003
Steelbound, Steelworker Chorus Leader, Ensemble Theater, 2001.
Crossroads Dancing, Jim McNamara (role), Dobama Theater, Cleveland, 2000.
This Poem Slams, and various STO Commercials, 2010-12
Hero Tomorrow, Independent Film, Featured role, Swinging Cane, 2009
Applause, WVIZ Cleveland, Feature Performance, 2/04 6/09, 9/10.
Good Morning, Russia, Feature with Yevgeny Yevtushenko, Moscow, 8/ 2001.
CNN: Slam Champions, Feature Report on the National Slam, 8/1998
Slamnation, Documentary, National Poetry Slam, Devlin Prod. New York, 1996.
Boston Driving, Video Poem, “Eyestruck” Award, Hasin Prod. Boston, 1992.
PBS: Dis—Voices From a Shelter, WGBH Boston for 1991.
American Rhapsody, Adaptation of Fearing Poem, Hasin Productions, Boston 1991.