Skip to main content

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 TM@ohiopoetryassn.org.

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

Casting a Line for Susan Glassmeyer's 'Invisible Fish'

by Chuck Salmons If you haven’t heard by now, OPA member and Cincinnati poet Susan Glassmeyer is the winner the Ohio Poetry Day Association’s 2018 Poet of the Year award, for her first full-length collection, Invisible Fish  (Dos Madres Press, 2018). On the heels of her winning, I corresponded with her to find out more about the collection and her writing process.  CS: First of all, congratulations on the award! Having read Invisible Fish, I know this is an honor that is well-deserved. How does it feel to have your name among past winners such as Mary Oliver, David Baker, and David Citino? SG: I was truly surprised to win this award, Chuck. I did some research after the fact and learned about the history of the award. What an honor to be part of this venerable Ohio poet lineage! I already own a few of the books on the list, not realizing the authors had previously won the award. And although I have many of Mary Oliver’s books, Twelve Moons (winner in 1980) was not among

Ohio Poetry Day Association names 2021 Poet of the Year and Contest Winners

The Ohio Poetry Day Association (OPDA) has selected Quartez Harris as its Ohio Poet of the Year for 2021. Harris was selected for his book of poems, We Made It to School Alive (Twelve Arts Press, 2020). Residing in Cleveland, Ohio, Harris is a second-grade teacher at Michael R. White Elementary School. We Made It to School Alive, his second collection of poetry, was inspired by his work as a teacher and gives voice to the experiences of the children he works with every day who deal with issues of gun violence, poverty, educational challenges, and more. Harris’ first book, N othing, But Skin,  was published in 2014 by Writing Knights Press. He is the first recipient of the Barbara Smith Writer-In-Resident at Twelve Literary Arts and a 2020 Baldwin House Fellow. He has been featured in the Plain Dealer, IdeaStream, and City Club of Cleveland, and recently signed on to be represented by Mckinnon Literary Agency. His works in progress are a young-adult novel and picture book biography. 

Ohio Poetry Day 2022 Contests Now Open!

The annual Ohio Poetry Day Association contests have been announced.  May 15, 2022, is the deadline (postmark) for more than twenty contests, including a “Welcome Aboard” category for first-time submitters and an art category to design the cover art for the 2022 Best of Ohio Poetry Day anthology, published later this year. Below is a copy of the submission form, which provides full contest information.  Ohio Poetry Day 2022 will take place in October. Stay up to date on OPD information, including the event date, location, and agenda, by getting your name and address on the OPD mailing list. To do so, contact: Amy Jo Zook 3520 State Route 56 Mechanicsburg, OH 43044 Checks for all contest fees and purchases should be made payable to: Ohio Poetry Day . For questions, call (937) 834-2666. Click and download the images below to view them at full size.