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April 13, 2019 

OPA Quarterly Business Meeting 
Ohio Dominican University
Spangler Learning Center
1216 Sunbury Road
Columbus, OH 43219
Time: 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

April 12-14, 2019

Special National Poetry Month Event
featuring Angie Estes and Mark Irwin
Ohio Dominican University
Spangler Learning Center
1216 Sunbury Road
Columbus, OH 43219

Join OPA in a very special National Poetry Month event as we welcome two nationally renowned poets to Columbus. Angie Estes and Mark Irwin join us for an entire weekend to present readings, workshops, and a special panel discussion about the art of poetry. Read more about the poets below. 

All programs will take place in the Spangler Learning Center. The readings and panel discussion are free and open to the public. Space is limited and a registration fee is required for the workshops (see below)


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Friday, April 12 7:30–9:30 PM: Angie Estes Reading
Saturday, April 13 1:00–3:00 PM: OPA Free Workshop
1:00–4:00 PM: Estes Workshop*
4:00–5:30 PM: Panel Discussion
7:30–9:30 PM: Mark Irwin Reading
Sunday, April 14 12:00–3:00 PM: Irwin Workshop*

*As of March 29, the Estes and Irwin workshops are full. To get on the waiting list, please contact Doug Rutledge at rut.doug@gmail.com or 614-499-0899.

Angie Estes Workshop Information
Participants in this workshop should bring 16 typed copies of a poem they would like to workshop. No handwritten poems please.

Mark Irwin Workshop Information
Participants in this workshop should bring pens/pencils and paper and be prepared to craft new poems.

OPA Free Workshop Information
Join OPA President Chuck Salmons for a session designed to generate new poems. Participants should bring pens/pencils and paper.

Workshop Facilitators

Angie Estes is the author of six books of poetry. Her most recent book is Parole (Oberlin Press, 2019). Enchantée (Oberlin College Press, 2013) won the Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award. Tryst (Oberlin College Press, 2009) was selected as one of two finalists for the Pulitzer Prize. Her previous book, Chez Nous, also from Oberlin, appeared in 2005. Her second book, Voice Over (Oberlin College Press, 2002) won the 2001 Field Poetry Prize and was also awarded the 2001 Alice Fay di Castagnola Prize from the Poetry Society of America. Her first book, The Uses of Passion (1995) was the winner of the Peregrine Smith Poetry Prize.

Estes is the recipient of many awards, including a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Pushcart Prize, and the Cecil Hemley Memorial Award from the Poetry Society of America. She has received fellowships, grants, and residencies from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Woodrow Wilson Foundation, the American Academy in Rome, the Lannan Foundation, the California Arts Council, the MacDowell Colony and the Ohio Arts Council.

Her poems have appeared in numerous literary magazines, including The Paris Review, Ploughshares, Boston Review, and Slate, and in numerous anthologies. Her essays have appeared in Field, Lyric Poetry Review, Children’s Literature, Christianity and Literature, Little Women: Norton Critical Edition, and in Every Passing Breath: Contemporary Poets Respond to the Psalms. Estes received her PhD and M.A. in English from the University of Oregon and was for several years Professor of American Literature and Creative Writing at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo.

Mark Irwin is a nationally acclaimed poet and four-time Pushcart Prize winner, who has been described as a descendant of William Carlos Williams and Hart Crane. Mark is the author of nine collections of poetry, which include A Passion According to Green (2017), American Urn: Selected Poems (1987–2014), Large White House Speaking (2013), Tall If (2018), Bright Hunger (2004), White City (2000), Quick, Now, Always (1996), and Against the Meanwhile: Three Elegies (1988). He has also translated Phillipe Denis’ Notebook of Shadows and Nichita Stanescu’s Ask the Circle to Forgive You: Selected Poems. His collection of essays, Monster, Distortion, Abstraction and Originality in Contemporary American Poetry, was published in 2017.

His poetry and essays have appeared in many literary magazines, including The American Poetry Review, Agni, The Atlantic Monthly, Georgia Review, Harper’s, The Kenyon Review, Paris Review, Pleiades, Poetry, The Nation, New England Review, New American Writing, The New Republic, The New York Times, and The Southern Review.

Recognition of his work includes The Nation/Discovery Award, four Pushcart Prizes, two Colorado Book Awards, the James Wright Poetry Award, and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Fulbright, Lily and Wurlitzer foundations. He is professor in the PhD Creative Writing and Literature Program at the University of Southern California.


This event is made possible in part by funding from the Greater Columbus Arts Council and an anonymous donor through The Columbus Foundation. OPA is extremely grateful to these donors for their financial support.

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