Saturday, November 3, 2012

OPA Now Accepting Submissions for High School Contests

The Ohio Poetry Association is now accepting submissions for its annual High School Contests. For more information, visit the OPA website at or click here for a flyer with complete details.

Please spread the word to any Ohio high school English teachers you may know. While we have about 200 schools on our mailing list, we know this is only a small number of those that might want to participate. The more schools, the more entries. And the more entries, the better quality of submissions.

Ten winners from Ohio will have their poems sent on to the National Federation of State Poetry Societies annual Manningham Trust Youth Poetry Competition. In recent years, young Ohio poets have done very well. In fact last year's Ohio winner, Erica Sallee of Briggs HS (Columbus), took second place at the national competition.

We look forward to reading more great poems this year from Ohio's young poets!

Sunday, October 7, 2012

SRCA Chapbook Competition

Standing Rock Cultural Arts (SRCA), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit cultural arts and education organization in Kent, Ohio, is holding its third annual SRCA POETRY CHAPBOOK COMPETITION.

  • Entry Fee: $9 per manuscript (via Submishmash) to defray expenses and support poetry programming.
  • Contest open to U.S. residents only.
  • Submissions accepted July 1-October 31, 2012. Electronic as well as mailed entries are accepted; electronic preferred.
  • Guest judges will be Lynne Albert, John Dorsey , and Allen Hines. Editor Tina Puckett may judge in the finalist round. Entries are blind and the guest judges will be blind judging entries. The editor will see entries only if there is an issue with a submission at the time of receipt.
  • See for full submission guidelines, rights, judge bios, and to read about our previous winners and titles.
Please read all guidelines and rights prior to sending submission! Inquiries (without attachments) may be sent to SRCAChapbook @

Other contact info:

Rock in the River Literary Series
Standing Rock Cultural Arts
257 N Water St
Kent, OH 44240 - general inquiries

Saturday, September 8, 2012

Columbus Foundation Grant Awarded to OPA

As reported in the most recent edition of Workshopping Our Words, several months of hard work by the OPA team has paid off in the form of a Community Arts Fund grant from The Columbus Foundation (TCF). After painstakingly updating the OPA profile, submitting applications, and patiently awaiting a response, the Association was awarded a grant of $500 this past summer. These funds will be used to help produce the forthcoming OPA anthology.

The OPA first established a profile with TCF two years ago under the guidance of then-OPA President Doug Rutledge. The profile is part of the TCF PowerPhilanthropy program and was originally established in an effort to improve OPA's ability to secure funding via charitable giving. The first success of these efforts was achieved last fall, when OPA raised over $700 during the TCF “The Big Give” campaign. Since that time, OPA officers have steadfastly sought other avenues of fundraising.

Those interested in donating to OPA may do so at any time via the TCF PowerPhilanthropy program website. Simply search “Ohio Poetry Association” and follow the instructions to make a donation.

The Ohio Poetry Association gratefully acknowledges The Columbus Foundation for its continued support. And we thank everyone who continues to fund our efforts
to promote the art of poetry and support poets and others who appreciate poetry.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

OPA Annual Picnic July 21st in Athens!

Ohio Poetry Association Annual Picnic
Saturday, July 21, 2012
10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Dairy Lane Park, Dairy Lane, Athens, Ohio 

The OPA Annual Picnic will be held at the Dairy Lane Park shelter house. The site is reserved for the entire day, so people can arrive any time from 10 A.M. on. Lunch begins about 12:30.

Electricity, running water, miniature golf, and cornhole targets are available. Alcohol is not permitted. The park closes at dark.

Bring your own plates, tableware, and a dish to share.

Susan Glassmeyer (Cincinnati) will be our featured poet and we will have an open-mic period following the feature.

Directions to Dairy Lane Park

Coming from or through Columbus:

Follow U.S. 33 East. At Lancaster, take the by-pass, not the business route. Stay on U.S. 33 through Nelsonville, then take the Route 682/ The Plains exit. Turn right onto OH 682 , through The Plains. After you cross Route 56, take the first right, onto N. Ridge Road. Bear right at the Yield sign, then right again and immediately left. Park anywhere along the right side of the street. (Just over 5 miles from U.S. 33, two-lane road.)


Stay on U.S. 33 past the first OH 682 exit; follow the signs for Albany/Pomery to the second OH 682 exit. Stay to the left, and go halfway around the roundabout, out the opposite side and take the first left @ N. Ridge Road. (About 7.5 miles past the The Plains exit, four-lane highway except for the last quarter of a mile, offers a scenic view of the Ohio Univ. campus.)

From the southeast:

Follow Route 32/50 to the OH 682 exit. Exit right onto OH 682 & stay to left; go halfway around the roundabout, and out the opposite side. Take the first left (N. Ridge Road). Bear right at the Yield sign, then right and immediately left. Park anywhere along the right side of the street.

From southwest Ohio:

Coming in on Route 32/50, take the OH 682 exit, stay to the left and go halfway around the roundabout and out the opposite side. Take the first left (N. Ridge Road). Bear right at the Yield sign, then right and immediately left. Park anywhere along the right side of the street.

Sunday, May 13, 2012

OPA presents An Afternoon of All-Stars on May 19th in Bexley

The Ohio Poetry Association presents:
An Afternoon of All-Stars

n Glassmeyer

Susan has dedicated much of her life to writing and promoting the art of poetry, in particular through events, classes and workshops at Little Pocket Poetry. Recently chosen by poet Marge Piercy to attend a weeklong poetry intensive this summer on Cape Cod, Susan has two published chapbooks: Body Matters (2010), and Cooks Luck (2011).

Mark Sebastian Jordan
Mark Sebastian Jordan is an award-winning poet, living in the central highlands region of Ohio. His publications include the books 1776 & All That, Phoebe, and The Book of Jobs. His work has appeared in Pudding Magazine, Case Reserve Review, Lit Bits, Kenyon Alumni Bulletin, High Fidelity Review and elsewhere.

Rikki Santer
Rikki Santer has published poetry in numerous publications, and has three published collections: Front Nine, Kahiki Redux, and Clothesline Logic, which was nominated as a finalist in the Pudding House Press national chapbook competition. Her latest collection, Fishing for Rabbits, is forthcoming from Kattywompus Press.

Lianne Spidel
Lianne Spidel's book, What to Tell Joseme, was published by Main Street Rag in 2011. She has a published chapbook including paintings by Ann Loveland, Pairings. Her earlier chapbook Chrome is dedicated to her automotive artist father. Her poems have appeared recently in Green Mountains Review and Rattle.
Saturday May 19, 2012 from 11:30 am - 4:00 pm

n us for this FREE event!

n Afternoon of All-Stars is open to the public!


11:30 - 12:00   Members Open Mic

12:00 - 1:00      Lunch Break - on your own

1:00 - 4:00        OPA All-Stars Readings and Q & A Session

At the Bexley Public Library, 2411 E. Main Street, Bexley, Columbus, OH

OPA Business Meeting prior to event: 10:00 am - 11:30 am

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

2012 Stan and Tom Wick Poetry Prize - Six Days Left to Enter

Only Six Days Left to Enter!

2012 Stan and Tom Wick Poetry Prize
$2,500 for a First Book of Poems

This prize is offered annually to a poet who has not previously published a full-length collection of poems. The prize awards the winner with $2,500 and publication of his or her first full-length book of poetry by the Kent State University Press. The winner and the competition's judge will give a reading together on the Kent State campus. The 2011 winner was Wet by Carolyn Creedon, chosen by Edward Hirsch; the 2012 winner will be chosen by Dorianne Laux.

Entry requirements:
  • The competition is open to poets writing in English who have not yet published a full-length collection of poems (a volume of 50 or more pages published in an edition of 500 or more copies).
  • There is a $25 reading fee. Checks should be made payable to the Wick Poetry Center.
  • Submissions must consist of 50 to 70 pages of poetry, typed on one side only, with no more than one poem included on a page. Only clean, legible copies are acceptable.
  • The poet's name is not to appear on the manuscript. Two title pages should be included. The first must include the poet's name, address, e-mail, telephone number, and the title of the manuscript; the second should list the title of the manuscript only. Entries are judged anonymously.
  • The manuscript may be submitted simultaneously to other publishers, but the poet must notify the Wick Poetry Center immediately if the manuscript is accepted for publication elsewhere.
  • All manuscripts will be recycled after judging. For notice that the manuscript has been received, enclose a self-addressed, stamped postcard. For notice of the winning selection, enclose a self-addressed, stamped envelope. The winner will be announced that summer.
  • Manuscripts must be postmarked between February 1, 2012, and May 1, 2012. No late entries will be read.

Submit Electronically or mail entries to:

Stan and Tom Wick Poetry Prize
Wick Poetry Center
301 Satterfield Hall
Kent State University
P.O. Box 5190
Kent, OH 44242-0001

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

2012 William Redding Competition winners announced - plus The Poetry Forum's schedule for the rest of the season

From Steve Abbott:

The Poetry Forum is pleased to announce the winners of the 2012 William Redding Competition:

First Place: Ellie Swenson, Columbus
Second Place: David Nichols, Columbus
Third Place: Rachel Wiley, Columbus

Winners were selected in a blind process by Poetry Forum coordinators Rose Smith, Connie Everett, and Steve Abbott.

Ellie Swenson will receive $100 and be the featured reader at The Poetry Forum's final reading of the season on May 7 at 7 PM at Rumba Cafe, 2507 Summit Street (at Hudson) in Columbus.

Dave Nichols will receive his choice of a $50 bookstore gift certificate or a seat in Columbus Salon, the monthly poetry workshop hosted by Rose Smith. He will read a mini-set at the May 7 reading.

Rachel Wiley will receive a $25 bookstore gift certificate. She will read a mini-set at the May 7 reading.

We thank everyone who submitted work. We received submissions for across the state, and overall quality of work was impressive. Several poets who were not among the winners are under consideration for individual readings in the coming year.

We hope to see all of you at upcoming readings.

The Poetry Forum
at Rumba Cafe

Featured readings + open mic since 1984

Mondays      7 p.m.     
2507 Summit Street @ Hudson Street, Columbus

Spring  2012

March 12 ~ Michael vander Does

March 19 ~ Michael Bernstein

March  26 ~ [ No Poetry Forum ]

April 2 ~ Andy Roberts

April 9 ~ Christine Howey

April 16 ~ The Greenville Poets
Catherine Essinger, David Garrison, Belinda Rismiller,
Lianne Spidel, & Myrna Stone

April 23 ~ Blaire Miller Bommer

April 30 ~ David Baratier

May 7 ~ Ellie Swenson
2012 William Redding Competition winner

Sunday, April 1, 2012

The OPA presents a Spring Writers' Retreat at Malabar Farm

The Ohio Poetry Association presents:
Spring Writers' Retreat
at Malabar Farm State Park, Lucas, Ohio

Saturday/Sunday, April 14-15, 2012
Overnight stay with Sunday breakfast at the Malabar Farm Hostel, only $35
Featuring workshops led by Jeff Gundy
For reservations, please call 419-892-2055. Make checks payable to H. I. Malabar Farm.
Spaces available on a first-come/first-served basis.

 Hostelling International Malabar Farm
3954 Bromfield Rd
Lucas OH 44843

Friday, March 23, 2012

2012 Ohio Poetry Day Poet of the Year

In our 75th year, Ohio Poetry Day offers a competition for the Diamond Webb chapbook award in lieu of our usual Poet of the Year.

Open to Ohio natives or residents who have never been named Poet of the Year, the award is publication of a 36-page chapbook to be produced in time for Poetry Day, October 19–20. Manuscript must be submitted on standard 8½ x 11 paper, but the book will be printed in the usual 5½ x 8½ size, so be aware of format. Individual poems may have been previously published, but not the manuscript in its entirety, nor may it be under consideration elsewhere.

The award will consist of 75 books to the winner, a plaque as the Poet of the Year and an invitation to speak at the Ohio Poetry Day luncheon, as other Poets of the Year have done.

Manuscript must be sent with two title pages, one with no poet identification, the other with name, address, and phone number (e-mail will not help the submission process, though it may assist in publication of the winner). Pages should be numbered and a table of contents provided. Divider pages or illustrations must be included in the page count.

Postmark deadline is June 1, 2012, and manuscripts must be sent with $7.50 entry fee to:
Amy Jo Zook
3520 State Route 56
Mechanicsburg, OH 43044

Make check payable to Ohio Poetry Day, with "chapbook" in the memo line. All entrants will receive a copy of the winning book. Judge for the contest will be announced at Ohio Poetry Day.

2012 OPA Student Contest Winners

This year's high school winners are in, and they are an amazing set.

1. Whoppers, spons. by Springfield Writers Club:
1st - Griff Bludworth, Purcell Marian HS
2nd - Lou Suer, Purcell Marian HS
3rd - Mike Gilb, Purcell Marian HS
HM - Eloydia Garza, Ashley Billings, Benjamin Perlmutter, Faymiette Lee, Matthew Troemner – Sylvania Southview HS; Rachel Hunt, Megan Hustmyer, Dustin Joosten – Purcell Marian HS.

2. Fantasy, spons. by Catherine Callaghan:
1st - Mike Gilb, Purcell Marian HS
2nd - Griff Bludworth, Purcell Marian HS
3rd - Rachel Hunt, Purcell Marian HS
HM - Elijah Davis, Purcell Marian HS

3. Jailhouse Talk, spons by Laura Hilton Memorial Fund:
1st - Megan Hustmyer, Purcell Marian HS
2nd - Mike Gilb, Purcell Marian HS
3rd - Sheila Shahri, Sylvania Southview HS
HM - Brandon Sinram, Scott Gaither, Jessica Miksanek, Smitri Gupta, Niket Parikh, Mackenzie Pickering, & Faymiette Lee – Sylvania Southview HS; Cassandra Feher – Steubenville Catholic Central HS

4. Free Verse, spons. by Janeen Lepp:
1st - Michelle Ki, Sylvania Southview HS
2nd - Lou Suer, Purcell Marian HS
3rd - Emily Ann Addair, Briggs HS
HM - Ginny Gadzinski, Elizabeth Spidel, Sara Dye, & Taylor Turner – Lynchburg Clay; Rachel Hunt, Mike Gilb, Griff Bludworth, & Dustin Joosten – Purcell Marian; Mackenzie Pickering – Sylvania Southview HS

5. Nature, spons. by Bill Reyer:
1st - Dustin Joosten, Purcell Marian HS
2nd - Mike Gilb, Purcell Marian HS
3rd - Griff Bludworth, Purcell Marian HS
HM - Taylor Zaborski, Sylvania; Aaron Jakes, Sylvania

6. Brevity is the Soul of Wit, spons. by Mary Beth Benecke:
1st - Alexis Howard, Sylvania Southview HS
2nd - Ari Lopez, Sylvania Southview HS
3rd - Nadejda Mirochnitchenko, Sylvania Southview HS
HM - Kirsten Kueser & Sheila Shahri – Sylvania Southview HS; Brianna Ross, Purcell Marian HS

7. Formal Poetry, spons. by Scott & Sharon Mooney:
1st - Eloydia Garza, Sylvania Southview HS
2nd - Michael Siedlecki, Sylvania Southview HS
3rd - Griff Bludworth, Purcell Marian HS
HM - Mackenzie Pickering & Nadejda Mirochnitchenko – Sylvania Southview HS; Lou Suer – Purcell Marian HS

8. Open, spons. by David Francis Smith:
1st & Grand Prize - Erica Sallee, Briggs HS
2nd - Griff Bludworth Purcell Marian HS
3rd - Myrial Holbrook, Columbus School for Girls
HM - Brittany Spaeth – Lynchburg Clay HS; Clement Dupuy – Sylvania Southview HS; Mike Gilb & Rachel Hunt, Purcell Marian HS