Monday, November 29, 2010

Pumpkin Hollow Reading December 3, 2010

Reading and Musical Entertainment at Pumpkin Hollow Antiques in Bellville, Ohio
Friday, December 3, 2010
6:30-9 p.m.

Pumpkin Hollow Antiques
24 Bell Street in Bellville, Ohio

Vernell Bristow (Columbus) – began writing poetry as a student at Denison University, then moved to Columbus to attend graduate school. She is the co-founder of Writer’s Block Poetry, which holds open mic poetry readings and special events. An award-winning member of the Rust Belt Regional Slam Team and National Slam Team, she is working on a poetry collection and a spoken-word cd.

Dawn Shimp (rural Ashtabula County) – is originally from the Cleveland area, but now takes inspiration from the wildlife and natural beauty of a rural landscape. Her work has appeared in Wild Strawberries, Ribbons, The Tanka Society of America Journal, and most recently in What I Knew Before I Knew, an anthology of poems from the Pudding House Salon – Cleveland.


Wes Bieri (Clear Fork Valley) – began playing guitar at age nine with Lonnie Baker and Richland Academy, played jazz guitar to accompany his high school show choir, and recently graduated from Sinclair Community College in Dayton with an Associate degree in Music Education. He gives guitar lessons, and performs at church services, weddings, fairs, carnivals, and coffee shops. His repertoire includes twentieth century classical instrumentals, original ballads, and Mason Williams’ Classical Gas.


EVENING’S M.C. - Mark Hersman, Poet

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Maggie Anderson featured at Next OPA Meeting

OPA Quarterly Meeting and Workshop
with guest poet Maggie Anderson

Saturday, December 18, 2010
Bexley Public Library
2411 E. Main Street
Columbus, OH 43209
Maggie Anderson is the author of four books of poetry, including Windfall:  New and Selected Poems, A Space Filled with Moving, and Cold Comfort. She has co-edited several thematic anthologies, including A Gathering of Poets, a collection of poems read at the 20th anniversary commemoration of the shootings at Kent State University in 1970, as well as Learning by Heart: Contemporary American Poetry about School and After the Bell:  Contemporary American Prose about School.  Her awards include two fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, fellowships from the Ohio, West Virginia, and Pennsylvania Councils on the Arts, and the Ohioana Library for contributions to the literary arts in Ohio.   The founding director of the Wick Poetry Center and of the Wick Poetry Series of the Kent State University Press, Anderson is Professor Emerita of English at Kent State University and a member of the graduate faculty of the Northeast Ohio MFA in creative writing.
OPA Meeting Agenda
10-11:30 a.m.OPA Business Meeting
11:30 a.m.-12 p.m.
Open mic period
12-1 p.m.
Lunch break
1-2 p.m.
Poetry Reading and Q&A Session

2:15-3 p.m.
"You Must Be Somewhere: Thoughts on Place in Poetry: Geography, Culture, and Metaphor"
Where would James Joyce have been without his Dublin?  Or Coleridge without his Kubla Khan?  Or Dante without Hell?  Many poets have found the deepest sources of their poetic voices in specific places.  This talk and discussion will focus on how place functions literally and geographically, culturally, and as metaphor in poems by James Wright, Maxine Kumin, Robert Frost, Gwendolyn Brooks, Frank O'Hara, and other writers.  A focused lecture will be followed by a series of questions designed to provoke ideas about how place functions in our own poems.
3:15-4 p.m.
"Places, Everyone: A Poetry Workshop"
This workshop will offer an exercise/prompt specifically designed to lead to writing about place in a central way.  Participants will be invited to read what they write in this workshop.  There will also be some opportunity for participants to have a previously written poem that features a place critiqued.  If you wish to have your poem discussed, please come prepared to provide 20-25 copies for the group.
After the workshop, there will be a half hour open reading to conclude the afternoon's events and to foster the spirit of community and shared work among the participants.
Admission is free to members.  For additional information, email T.M. Gottl at