Saturday, September 28, 2019

Ohio Poetry Day 2019 Celebration Returns to Troy, Ohio

Now in its 82nd year, Ohio Poetry Day will take place on October 18­–19 at the Troy Hayner Cultural Center in Troy, Ohio, for a weekend of workshop, readings, and fellowship. As always, attendees should bring notebooks and are invited to bring publications they would like to be sold in the book room for the weekend.

Saturday programs feature the workshop poems that won in the Evan Lodge contest with critic Nancy Breen. During this time, the book room will be open for display and sale of books, including the winning book by the OPD Poet of the Year, Laura Grace Weldon, who will read from Blackbird (Grayson Books, 2019).

Available for purchase will be the Best of 2019, featuring all prize-winning poems from OPD, as well as all honorable mentions. Poets who won prizes at OPD or any recent state or national contest will read.

Box lunches provided by Bakehouse are available @ $11.50 ea. Options: Turkey & cheddar sandwich; roast beef sandwich; and a veggie wrap.


Friday, 10/18

7 PM                Refreshments & social time, overnight contests announced

Saturday, 10/19

9–10 AM          Registration & book room set up
10 AM–Noon   Evan Lodge Contest poetry workshop; $1.50/person fee (free to students)
Noon–1 PM      Lunch break
1–2 PM            Reading by OPD Poet of the Year, Laura Grace Weldon
2–4 PM            Open-mic reading by OPD and other prize winners


To register for the workshop and/or reserve a lunch, download and mail in the completed form below by October 12 to:
Amy Jo Zook
3520 State Route 56
Mechanicsburg, OH 43044

Checks made payable to Ohio Poetry Day. For questions, call (937) 834-2666.

Those who have not entered OPD contests in the last five years, or are not an active member of a group (such as Ohio Poetry Association) that submits yearly membership lists, should contact Amy Zook to stay or get on the mailing list before next spring's mailing date.


The Troy Hayner Cultural Center is located at 301 West Main Street, Troy, Ohio 45373. From Interstate 75, take Exit 74 (US Rte. 41/Main Street) and travel due east on Main Street. The Troy Hayner Center is approximately 1.5 miles on the north side of Main Street, between Short Street and Oxford Street.
All parking is available outside the building, with lots behind the Center and across the street, as well as on the street. On Friday night only, parking is available in the public library lot across Oxford Street.

OPD flyer page 1

OPD flyer page 2

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