Thursday, September 26, 2019

Laura Grace Weldon Is Named Ohio Poet of the Year

Laura Grace Weldon has been named Ohio Poet of the Year 2019 by the Ohio Poetry Day Association on the strength of her second collection, Blackbird (Grayson Books, 2019). Topics in that collection include coyotes, cows, pay disparity, rare disorders, weeping icons, and astrophysics. A journal review called her poems “experiential works of luminous simplicity.”

Laura grew up a voracious reader thanks to public libraries and discovered a love of poetry early. She incorporated poetry everywhere her career took her. She developed a poetry project at a nursing home culminating in a book of poems collaboratively written with residents, shared poetry with support groups she facilitated as a social worker, used poems to get across principles while teaching nonviolence workshops, and now offers poems as prompts for her memoir students. But she didn’t write her own poems until she was in her late 40’s, brought to it by what she calls “sideways procrastination.”

Ten years later over 140 of her poems have been published in journals and anthologies,  Thanks to Lit Youngstown, some of her poems have been interpreted into sculpture, video, and painting, with one even stamped into a public sidewalk. In addition to Blackbird she’s published an earlier collection, Tending (Aldrich Press, 2013) as well as a handbook of natural learning titled Free Range Learning (Hohm Press, 2010).  

Laura lives on a small farm in Medina County’s Litchfield Township. She works as an editor and particularly enjoys teaching community-based classes in memoir, poetry, and creativity. She is still a voracious reader, as her often-maxed out library card can attest. 

Find Laura on Facebook, Twitter, and at lauragraceweldon.com.


Ohio Poetry Day 2019 Events

Troy Hayner Cultural Center, 301 W Main Street, Troy, OH 45373

Friday Evening, October 18 7:00 p.m.
Refreshments, Evening Workshops & Overnight Contests

Saturday Morning, October 19:
9:00 a.m. registration
10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Evan Lodge Memorial Poetry Workshop $1.50 charge, free to students

Saturday Noon, October 19 Lunch
Box lunch must be pre-ordered.

Contact Amy Zook to register and order lunch.
Amy Jo Zook
3520 State Rte. 56
Mechanicsburg, OH 43044

Saturday Afternoon, October 19, 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.
Readings by the Ohio Poet of the Year
& Contest Winners

Thursday, September 27, 2018

Susan F. Glassmeyer is Named Ohio Poet of the Year


Susan F. Glassmeyer has been imagining poems since childhood when her Kentucky Grandfather explained the language and meaning of train whistles. HER AWARD-WINNING BOOK OF POETRY "Invisible Fish" is a poetic chronicle from girlhood to post-middle age.

In a Michigan schoolhouse, a young nun woke her up to the rich world of storytelling. And in Ohio, a wise art teacher taught her how to see. Susan paid attention, took notes, whittled poems out of paragraphs, and along the way came to understand these things are inseparable from the life of her body. In addition to her first full-length collection, Invisible Fish (Dos Madres Press, 2018), publications include two chapbooks: Body Matters (Pudding House Publications, 2010) and Cook’s Luck (Finishing Line Press, 2012). Individual poems have found homes in these and other journals: Rattle, Naugatuck River Review, Sixfold, Pine Mountain Sand and Gravel, Dunes Review, The GHAZAL Page, Gratefulness.Org, and Ohio Poetry Association anthologies.

Reading thousands of poems and studying the lives and practices of hundreds of poets has been key to Susan’s education. In a decade-long project, she created “April Gifts” for National Poetry Month, sharing with readers her annotated presentations of select poems by 300 poets who have inspired her. Susan is a longtime member of the Greater Cincinnati Writers League. She serves as co-director of the Holistic Health Center of Cincinnati where she works as a somatic therapist and Feldenkrais® practitioner, helping people restore the poetry of presence and movement in their lives and bodies.

Learn more about her work at: https://www.susanglassmeyer.com/
                                                                       

Invisible Fish is a poetic chronicle from girlhood to post-middle age by Midwestern author and somatic therapist, Susan F. Glassmeyer. These compelling lyrics and merciful narratives do not shy away from suffering or death, nor from what is poignant and joyful. The whole realm of the visible—the world as it is—is held together by what we cannot see. Because the poems in this full-length collection are grounded in the sensory life of "the body", they ring true to the reader, inviting mindfulness and evoking curiosity and reverence for what is invisible.


Monday, August 13, 2018

 

The 2018 OPD Contest Winners have been selected! 

Congratulations to all! Bravo! We hope to see you in Alliance, OH, October 12 and 13 to enjoy the festivities and hear you read your winning entry!

 



Friday, August 3, 2018

From the 
Desk of Amy Zook:

SAVE  THE DATE

2018 Ohio Poetry Day

October 12 and 13, 2018

Hoover-Price Student Center
Mt. Union University, Alliance, OH 

Friday: 
7pm-9pm - poetry prompts and time of fellowship

Saturday:
9am - Registration
10am - Noon  - Workshop
Noon - 1pm - Lunch
2pm - Ohio Poet of the Year (reading)
            OPD contest winners (reading)
4pm - Heartfelt goodbyes 

Check back for contest results soon!
Letters concerning details and making reservations will be mailed out in September.

 

Monday, May 21, 2018

 
From the Desk of Amy Zook:
 
OHIO POETRY DAY CONTESTS 2018

Right now, judges are being lined up for this year's contests. You will notice from past years that many are from out of state. This is done to make our contests more professional, and we are very particular about who we ask to judge. Most of these are past winners in other contests at the state and national levels, and current or past officers of their own states and/or the National Federation of State Poetry Societies.

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Tuesday, May 1, 2018



Time is running out. No time to write for a submission brochure? Here are rules and "official" submission form!