The Ohio Poetry Association (OPA), chartered originally as the Verse Writers’ Guild of Ohio, is a nonprofit, educational volunteer organization with a 501(c)(3)Federal designation.
We exist to promote the art of poetry and support poets and others who appreciate poetry. Since being organized as in Columbus in 1929, the Ohio Poetry Association has become statewide in scope. We are eager to assist poets, whether amateur or professional, as they hone their craft.
The Ohio Poetry Association (OPA) is an affiliate of the National Federation of State Poetry Societies (NFSPS). Besides sponsoring our own state contests, members are eligible to participate in the numerous contests of other state affiliates. We are also a strong supporter of Ohio Poetry Day, a separate not for profit organization to which we have close ties through our founder Tessa Sweazy Webb.
We work extensively in Ohio schools, helping students to understand, enjoy, and create poetry. The Ohio Poetry Association and its chapters sponsor and underwrite student poetry contests, including a spring high school competition that has been offered since 1976.
We provide Quarterly Workshops in Columbus which feature some of the finest Poets authors, publishers and teachers in the world.
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Those interested in donating to OPA may do so at any time via the TCF PowerPhilanthropy program website at www.columbusfoundation.org. Simply click the "PowerPhilanthropy" link and search “Ohio Poetry Association” to make a donation.
The Ohio Poetry Association gratefully acknowledges The Columbus Foundation for its continued support.
OPA welcomes donations to help us achieve our goals promoting and educating the public about the art of poetry by offering free and low-cost workshops, publications, and other special events. If you'd like to donate, use the button below or contact OPA Treasurer Rinda Sansom at email@example.com.