Celebration of A Rustling and Waking Within
2:00 - 5:00 PM
Wexner Center for the Arts
1871 N. High St.
Columbus, OH 43210
Sharon Fish Mooney, author of Bending Toward Heaven – Poems After the Art of Vincent van Gogh, with an introduction by Terry Hermsen (The River’s Daughter), the book features poems representing poets and art featured at museums and venues throughout Ohio. Readers will experience a poetic as well as visceral “tour” of the arts in Ohio as perceived through the poetic medium.
OPA members and anyone who loves poetry are invited to join the celebration. The afternoon will feature food, beverages, raffles, and a multimedia reading by those featured in the anthology. Taking the Wexner Center theater stage, readers will be accompanied by full-screen projected visuals of the artwork that inspired them. Copies of the anthology will be available for purchase. Everyone is encouraged to bring a pen for signings.
2:00 - 3:00 PM Reception, w/light refreshments & cash bar
PARKING & DIRECTIONS
Pay parking is available at the garage immediately adjacent to the Ohio State Student Union and also at the parking garage on 11th Avenue just east of High Street. Metered parking is available along the east side of N. High Street between 9th and Chittenden Avenues. Also, COTA buses are quite frequent along N. High from Short North through to Lane Avenue. The Wexner Center for the Arts can be entered either from College Avenue or facing N. High Street. Attendees to the book launch event will need to check in at the front desk before proceeding downstairs to the Heritage Café. The event is free, but checking in is required by the facility.
Continuing the Celebration of A Rustling and Waking Within
Toledo Museum of Art
2445 Monroe St.
Toledo, OH 43620
The celebration of OPA's newest anthology, A Rustling and Waking Within, continues at the beautiful Toledo Museum of Art (TMA) Little Theater. The event will feature poems from the anthology, including some inspired by art in the TMA Collection, read by their authors. A book signing will immediately follow the reading. Stay tuned to the OPA website and social media for updates on this event.
OPA Quarterly Business Meeting & Workshop
featuring John Drury and LaWanda Walters
Otterbein University - Chapel
88 Cochran Alley
Westerville, OH 43081
John Philip Drury is the author of four books of poetry, most recently Sea Level Rising (Able Muse Press, 2015). His other collections include The Refugee Camp (Turning Point Books, 2011), Burning the Aspern Papers (Miami University Press, 2003), and The Disappearing Town (Miami University Press, 2000). He also has written The Poetry Dictionary and Creating Poetry, both published by Writer’s Digest Books. His awards include a Pushcart Prize, two Ohio Arts Council grants, an Ingram Merrill Foundation fellowship, and the Bernard F. Conners Prize from The Paris Review. He is a Professor of English at the University of Cincinnati, where his university-wide honors include the Dolly Cohen Award for Distinguished Excellence in Teaching and the Rieveschl Award for Creative or Scholarly Works.
As always, this workshop is free and open to the public.
10:00 - 11:30 AM Business Meeting
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
Sunday, May 14
COST: $40 - Includes two workshops, overnight stay, and Sunday breakfast.
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.
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