Upcoming Events

April 8, 2018

Rise Up Appalachia: Voices From Southeastern Ohio
Decorative Arts Center of Ohio
145 E. Main St.
Lancaster, Ohio 43130

In cooperation with the Decorative Arts Center of Ohio in Lancaster, OPA will kick off National Poetry Month with a reading honoring the artists and poets of Appalachian Ohio. "Rise Up Appalachia" will feature twelve poets with their own roots in Appalachian Ohio reading original poems written in response to artwork found in the new exhibition, Artists of the Winding Road A-Z, which runs January 20-April 15, 2018.

Attendees are encouraged to come early and view the exhibition before the reading begins. Entrance costs $10 at the door, or $8/$5 for Decorative Arts Center members who pre-register. Books by the featured poets will be available for purchase.

Doors open at 1 PM. Reading begins at 2 PM. Click here for directions and more information about the Decorative Arts Center.


April 21, 2018

"Lights, Camera, Action... Poetry!" Workshop & OPA Quarterly Business Meeting
Otterbein College
Towers Hall, Room 117
1 S. Grove St.
Westerville, OH 43081

The poet is at the movies
dreaming the filmmaker’s dream but differently
free in the dark as if asleep…

                from “Images for Godard” by Adrienne Rich

In April, OPA welcomes Columbus poet Rikki Santer who will explore ways that poetry and film can be in conversation with each other. In this workshop, Santer will present film clips and poems to demonstrate how the movies have influenced and inspired poets throughout the last century and beyond. She will also provide prompts that will guide participants to “read” a movie with more complexity as well as create poems in response to the cinema. And of course, popcorn will be served!


10:00 - 11:30 AM   Business Meeting
1:00 – 4:00 PM        Cinema & Poetry Workshop

Workshop Facilitator

Rikki Santer is an educator who developed and taught a film studies curriculum to high school students and adults for seventeen years. She has published film reviews and studied film at New York University, The Ohio State University, Antioch University, The University of Montana, and Wesleyan University, and she currently serves on the advisory board of Film Columbus. She holds a master’s degree in journalism from Kent State University and a master’s of fine arts in creative writing from The Ohio State University.

Santer’s poetry has won honors from The Poetry Forum (the William Redding Memorial Contest), Black Lawrence Press (the St. Lawrence Book Award Competition), the Ohio Poetry Association, the Best of Ohio Writers Contest sponsored by the Poets’ & Writers’ League of Greater Cleveland. She has been nominated for Pushcart and Ohioana Book Awards and a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Two of her published poetry collections have explored place: Front Nine (the Hopewell earthworks of Newark, Ohio) and Kahiki Redux (the late Kahiki Supper Club of Columbus, Ohio). Clothesline Logic was published by Pudding House as finalist in its national chapbook competition, and Fishing for Rabbits was released by Kattywompus Press. This fall, Nightballet Press published her fifth poetry collection, Make Me That Happy.

Learn more about Rikki at rikkisanter.com.

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Parking is available in the lot off W. Park Street. There's also plenty of on-street parking on Park Street, Grove Street, and College Avenue.


April 28-29, 2018

Sun & Moon Poetry Festival
Delaware, Ohio

Again in 2018, OPA and Full/Crescent Press have joined forces with the Stratford Ecological Center and Perkins Observatory to present the Sun & Moon Poetry Festival in Delaware, Ohio. This year, the event spans two days and features more workshops, along with special readings and a haiku death match.

Benefit readings will be held Saturday, April 28 at the Stratford Ecological Center from 12:00 to 4:00 p.m. and at Perkins Observatory from 8:00 to 10:00 p.m. Four workshops, free and open to the public, will take place Sunday morning, April 29 at Perkins Observatory, from 8:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m.

Events at Stratford Ecological Center 

The day at Stratford Ecological Center will once again include a poetry nature hike and Haiku Death Match. Readers include Jeff Gundy, Juan Armando Rojas Joo, Rikki Santer, Charlene Fix, Furaha Henry-Jones, Chuck Salmons, Jason Kaufman, Susan Glassmeyer, Joanna Schroeder, R. Nikolas Macioci, Rose Smith, Geoff Anderson and Guillermo Arango. Tickets are $7.00 each for adults; children under twelve admitted free.

“In Celebration of the Night Sky” Reading

The Perkins Observatory reading, will be followed (weather permitting) by night sky viewing. Poets reading at Perkins Observatory are Hanif Abdurraqib, Aimee Noel, Herbert Woodward Martin, Kari Gunter-Seymour, R. Nikolas Macioci, Hannah Stephenson, Jeff Gundy, and Dionne Custer Edwards. Tickets are $10 each; seating is limited.

Poetry Workshops sponsored by OPA

The FREE Sunday morning workshops are as follows:

  • "Hai’ku Workshop,” with Dave Noble
  • “It’s Element-ary Watson: Writing about Earth, Water, Fire, & Air,” with Terry Hermsen
  • “The Lore and Healing Power of Native Plants,” with Susann Moeller
  • “A Resonance of Birds,” with Paula J. Lambert

Workshop registration is not required, but it is recommended to ensure that your spot is reserved.

Registration & Ticket Info

Ticket ordering, workshop registration, and travel/lodging information are all available at www.fullcrescent.com or by calling Paula at (614) 935-9115.

Click here to download the festival flyer

July 14, 2018

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

In July, come join an afternoon of potluck and poetry as we gather at the beautiful Jeffrey Park in Bexley. Again this year we'll feature OPA poets and contest winners. The event will also be a major fundraiser for OPA, with raffles galore, and an open-mic for poets to share their work. The picnic is potluck and guests are asked to bring a dish to share. Family and friends of poets are welcome.

Our featured poets will include Steve Abbott, Barbara Sabol, and Pauletta Hansel, past Poet Laureate of Cincinnati. We’ll also have a special appearance by the new Poet Laureate of Ohio, Dave Lucas.

The day will begin early afternoon with the potluck lunch, followed by the quarterly OPA business meeting, which will include appointment of new officers. Attendees are asked to please bring a dish to share. OPA will provide all plates, napkins, cups, beverages, and cutlery.

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.


1:30 - 2:00   Arrival & Set-up
2:00 – 2:30   Picnic/Dining
2:30 - 5:30   Readings, Open-Mic, Raffles
5:30 - 6:30   Business Meeting

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