Gnezda, Kuusisto, Bell and Bell: sounds like a Cleveland law firm, but it's actually a Sunday matinee.

Gnezda, Kuusisto, Bell and Bell: sounds like a Cleveland law firm, but it's actually a Sunday matinee.

On Sunday, Nov. 15, two award-winning songwriters join a poet laureate and a best-selling memoirist for an afternoon of verse, prose, songs and humor at Natalie's Coal-Fired Pizza and Live Music, 5601 N. High St. The event starts at 2:30 p.m.

The accomplished quartet was brought together via routes as circuitous as the ones they will travel to Worthington this weekend, but suffice it to say they are drawn together by common paths and passions. While friends, this is the first time they'll share a stage.

Worthington resident Eric Gnezda performs regularly at Nashville's iconic songwriting venue, The Bluebird Cafe, and was awarded the Ohioana Citation for Music Composition. An Emmy-nominated television journalist, he created and hosts Songs at the Center, the weekly songwriting show that airs on WOSU TV following Austin City Limits.

Poet Marvin Bell, author of 23 books, often collaborates with composers, musicians, dancers and other writers. He was for many years Flannery O'Connor Professor of Letters at the Iowa Writers' Workshop, and serves now on the faculty of the brief-residency MFA based in Oregon at Pacific University.

Stephen Kuusisto studied under Bell at the Iowa Writer's Workshop and is the author of several poetry collections and memoirs, including Planet of the Blind. Kuusisto directs the Renee Crown Honors Program at Syracuse University, where he holds a professorship in the Center on Human Policy, Law, and Disability Studies.

Marvin's son, Nathan, found his early years filled with the comings and goings of literary giants such as Kurt Vonnegut and Studs Terkel. The influences shaped him into a songwriter known for poetic lyrics and expert musicianship. He composed the music for The Day after Stonewall Died, a movie that received first prize at the 2014 Cannes Short Film Festival.

Sunday's show, Poetry, Prose and Song, is presented in partnership with Bob Teague and Friends as well as Worthington Libraries. Reserved table seating is $15; general admission, $10. Tickets are available at and by calling 614-436-2625.

Hillary Kline is communications specialist for Worthington Libraries. Eric Gnezda is a Worthington musician, songwriter, memoirist and speaker.