Upcoming Events


In light of Governor DeWine's recent measures to address the coronavirus/COVID-19 epidemic in the State of Ohio, OPA's in-person events are being replaced by online programs. While not all of our members use social media and other platforms, we believe it is in the best interest of OPA members and anyone who wants to attend our events. We will continue monitoring developments related to the epidemic and the State's response and guidelines, which will guide us in decisions for future OPA events. Please stay tuned to the OPA website and social media for updates. We will also provide updates via the OPA info hotline, 614-626-9256.

October 3, 2020

Ohio Poetry Day Virtual Celebration

OPA is pleased to announce it will be sponsoring a significant part of this year’s Ohio Poetry Day (OPD) celebration to honor this year’s Ohio Poet of the Year, Kari Gunter-Seymour, and the OPD contest winners.

Join the celebration during a virtual reading at Zoom.com. The afternoon kicks off with a reading by Kari Gunter-Seymour, who will then be interviewed by OPA President Chuck Salmons. After a short break, the OPD contest winners will be invited to read their winning poems.

This event is free and open to the public, but space is limited. Registration is available via Eventbrite (see event details below).

About the Poet of the Year

Kari Gunter-Seymour
A ninth generation Appalachian, Kari Gunter-Seymour’s work is firmly and unapologetically attached to her home soil and is an examination of the long-lasting effects of stereotype and false narratives surrounding native Appalachians. Her poems appear in numerous journals and publications and on her website: karigunterseymourpoet.com. Her current collection is titled A Place So Deep Inside America It Can’t Be Seen (Sheila-Na-Gig Editions 2020).

Gunter-Seymour is the founder/executive director of the Women of Appalachia Project™ (WOAP™), an arts organization she created to address discrimination directed at women from the Appalachian region by providing opportunities to come together in performances, exhibitions and publications, to embrace the stereotype, show the whole woman, beyond the superficial factors people use to judge her. She is the editor of the (WOAP™) anthology series, Women Speak, volumes 1-5 and Essentially Athens Ohio, a collection of fine art, tales and experiences from those living in or with strong ties to Athens County, Ohio. She has been widely published, is a retired instructor in the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism at Ohio University, the Ohio Poet of the Year 2020 and Poet Laureate of Ohio.

A poem she wrote in support of families living in poverty in Athens County, Ohio, went viral and has been seen by over 100,000 people, resulting in thousands of dollars donated to her local food pantry.

EVENT REGISTRATION - Click here to register via Eventbrite

 1:30 PM   Reading & interview with Kari Gunter-Seymour
 2:30 PM   Short Break
 2:45-4:00 PM   Reading by Ohio Poetry Day Contest Winners

October 10, 2020

OPA Quarterly Business Meeting
10:30 AM-12:00 PM

OPA members are encouraged to join the meeting on Zoom.com to share their ideas and get the latest updates on programming and other issues. A meeting invitation with Zoom login details will be sent via email and the OPA Newsletter.

October 10, 2020

Virtual Poetry Workshop featuring Marcus Jackson
1:30-4:00 PM

OPA is happy to welcome Marcus Jackson for its quarterly poetry workshop, to be held online using Zoom.com. Jackson is the winner of the 2019 Ohioana Award for poetry for his book, Pardon My Heart (Northwestern University Press/TriQuarterly Books, 2018). He will lead a virtual workshop, titled “Angles of Identity in Contemporary American Poetry.”

About the workshop, he writes:
“Contemporary American poetry’s core virtue may be the diversity and pliability of its speakers, authors, and subjects. Throughout this workshop, we will read poems by multiple poets whose personal and on-the page identities are rendered from different angles of cultural, racial, sexual, religious, and socioeconomic identities. Upon reading and discussing work by such poets, we will then turn to our notebooks and, in new drafts, explore/expand our own poetic identities.”

About the Poet

Marcus Jackson studied poetry in NYU’s graduate creative writing program and as a Cave Canem fellow. His poems have appeared in such publications as The American Poetry Review, The New Yorker, and The New York Times Magazine. Of Pardon My Heart, Jeff Gordinier for The New York Times writes, “Jackson's collection confirms the arrival of a thrilling new voice in American poetry, one whose writing, on page after page, has the fullness and glow of a jubilee.” Jackson lives with his wife and child in Columbus, Ohio, and teaches in the MFA programs at Ohio State and Queens University of Charlotte.

This is a free workshop and is open to the public, but space is limited. Handouts will be distributed via email prior to the workshop, so you must register online via Eventbrite.

EVENT REGISTRATION - Information coming soon.

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