Upcoming Events

May 13-14, 2017

Spring Writers' Retreat 
featuring haiku & short forms with Julie Warther
HI Malabar Farm
3954 Bromfield Rd.
Lucas, OH 44843

About our Facilitator: Julie Warther serves as Midwest Regional Coordinator for the Haiku Society of America. She also facilitates the Ohio Haiku Facebook group for Ohio haiku writers and leads the Ohaio-ku Study Group, which meets once a month in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio. As an assistant editor of The Living Senryu Anthology, Julie has the opportunity to engage with the work of senryu poets from around the world and help create an archive to preserve that work and further the form. Most recently, she was asked to join the Haiku Foundation Touchstone Book Panel to help select the top published collections of poems, or works of scholarship, that represent noteworthy contributions to English-language haiku on an annual basis. Julie publishes her poetry internationally in print and online journals, is a featured poet in A New Resonance 9 (Red Moon Press, 2015), and has won numerous awards for her haiku, senryu, and rengay. Her chapbook, What Was Here, is available through Folded Word Press.

About the Workshop: Julie writes: “As elementary school students, most of us were introduced to haiku as a means of learning to count syllables. Later, we likely read the works of Japanese haiku masters: Bashō, Buson, Issa and Shiki. Almost everyone has written a haiku at one time. Unfortunately, many still view haiku as a poem with a specific syllable count or a ‘nature poem.’ This workshop is designed to debunk some of these myths surrounding haiku and introduce contemporary English-language haiku; a deceptively simple little poem, which employs rich imagery, brevity, juxtaposition of two distinct parts, seasonality and an objective awareness of one's surroundings. Writing haiku is the ultimate exercise in the writing dictums ‘Less is more’ and ‘Show, don't tell.’ So it is understandable that while the general principles of haiku can be learned quickly, poets will work a lifetime toward ‘mastery.’ Throughout the weekend, we will examine and discuss English-language haiku from some of the top haiku poets writing today. We will also enjoy a number of writing exercises and briefly explore other related short forms including senryu, tanka, ran renga, haibun, haiga and rengay. And for those interested in publication, we'll take a look at current journals and contests available in this niche market.”

About the Facilities: The Malabar Farm Hostel offers do-it-yourself, dormitory-style accommodations in an historic farmhouse within park grounds. Bed linens and towels are provided. There are three dorm rooms with multiple bunk beds, they will be divided up between men and women. If we end up with nearly equal numbers of men and women, one dorm may be designated co-ed. Guests can bring potluck, snacks, or food to prepare for Saturday evening. There is a refrigerator for storing food, and a fully-equipped kitchen for preparing it. We will be providing breakfast Sunday morning. The Malabar Farm Restaurant is also in the park, offering lunch and dinner service. Bottom bunks are assigned on a first-come, first served basis as the reservations are made.


Saturday, May 13
5:00 p.m. Arrival, registration, room arrangements, socialize
6:00 p.m. Potluck/prepare your own meal
7:00 p.m. Poetry Workshop I with Julie Warther

Sunday, May 14
8:30 a.m. Breakfast prepared by OPA’s Rinda Sansom
10:00 a.m. Poetry Workshop II with Julie Warther
12:00 p.m. Wrap-up and departure

COST: $40 - Includes two workshops, overnight stay, and Sunday breakfast.
Special Offer: Program attendees can make a weekend of it by staying Friday night as well for only $20 more!

Call hostel manager Mark Jordan at the Malabar Farm Hostel at (419) 892-2055 to reserve a spot and arrange payment. Spaces are limited and will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Click here for more info about the hostel.

July 8, 2017

OPA Quarterly Business Meeting & All-Star Picnic
Jeffrey Park
Memorial Shelter
1965 N. Parkview Ave.
Bexley, OH 43209

Again this July, come join fellow OPA members, family, and friends for an afternoon of potluck and poetry as we gather at the beautiful Jeffrey Park in Bexley. As has become a new tradition for the picnic, we'll feature a slew of OPA poets, contest winners, and special guests. The event will also feature raffles, including books, poetry posters and broadsides donated by OPA members, and an open-mic for members and guests to share their work.

OPA members are encouraged to bring their friends and family members. The day will begin late morning with the quarterly OPA business meeting, which will include appointment of officers for the next two years. The meeting is followed by a potluck lunch, and attendees are asked to bring a dish or beverage to share. OPA will provide all plates, napkins, cups, and cutlery.

Our featured All-Star poets will include Richard Hague (Cincinnati), Diane Kendig (Canton), and Susann Möeller (Columbus), who will be reading from their recently published books.

Jeffrey Park features full amenities, including restrooms, playground equipment, parking, and walking paths. Parking and access to the Memorial Shelter is gained by using the Clifton Avenue entrance, just west of Parkview Avenue. To learn more about Jeffrey Park, including a map and detailed directions, visit City of Bexley website at www.bexley.org/parks-facilities/.


10:30 - 11:30 AM   Business Meeting
11:30 – Noon          Arrival & Set-up
Noon - 12:45          Picnic/Dining
12:45 - 3:00 PM      OPA All-Stars
3:00 - 3:30             Open-Mic

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