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:

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:


2018 Ohio Poetry Day

October 12 and 13, 2018

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

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

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:

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!

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

OHIO POETRY DAY CONTEST LIST. Contact Amy Jo Zook to receive the official entry form at 3520 State Route 56, Mechanicsburg, Ohio 43044 DEADLINE MAY 15, 2018.

Wednesday, February 21, 2018


Ohio Poetry Day Contests, with 25 categories, open to all poets writing in English, will open March 1 and close May 15.  All money-winning poems will be published in Best of 2018.  If you are not already in our mailing list, send SASE or a postcard with name and address (including Zip code) to Amy Jo Zook, 3520 State Route 56, Mechanicsburg, OH 43044.