Thursday, September 10, 2015

Join OPA for a Reading to Honor Ohio's Native Peoples

“Voices from the Past”
An Afternoon of Poetry and Drums

sponsored by 
The Arc of Appalachia Preserve System and Ohio Poetry Association 

at the 

Serpent Mound State Memorial

3850 State Route 73, Peebles, Ohio

Admission is Free
Parking Fee: $8/vehicle 

September 26, 2015

12-3 pm

Featured Poet 
Kimberlee Medicine Horn Jackson 

Events Emcees/Hosts 
Mark Hersman and Connie Everett 


Kimberlee Medicine Horn Jackson, Yankton Sioux, examines the fading boundary between Native and non-native and questions whether to re-enforce the lines between two worlds or smudge the great divide where peaceful relationships can be restored. She is an adjunct English instructor at Kent State University, Geauga Campus.

Mark Hersman is a poet and archaeologist. He reads his poetry across Ohio and has hosted/emceed poetry venues throughout the state. He is currently excavating an ancient village site near Newcomerstown, Ohio. His chapbook Unearthed was released in 2009.

Connie Willett Everett has bones in southern Ohio Shawnee tribal country. Her poetry blends natural and social justice themes. She is editor/publisher of Pudding Magazine and is one of the hosts at the Poetry Forum in Columbus, Ohio.

Dr. Carmel L. Morse has written a collection of poems about her female relatives and ancestors called Bloodroot, and she is currently working on a memoir about growing up in a dysfunctional home in the 1960s. She is an assistant professor of English at the University of Northwestern Ohio.

Rikki Santer is an award-winning poet whose first poetry collection, Front Nine: A Biography of Place, explored the many voices and layers of history that have informed the sites of the Hopewell earthworks of Newark, Ohio.

Chuck Salmons, a native Columbus resident, is the current President of the Ohio Poetry Association. His poems have appeared in several journals and anthologies, and he regularly gives readings throughout the state of Ohio.

Steve Abbott is a Columbus poet, editor, and founding member of The Poetry Forum. He represents Ohio Poetry Association on the selection committee for Ohio’s first Poet Laureate.

Jack Burgess is a retired teacher, activist, columnist and poet. He writes about history, social justice, and war & peace. His chapbook, It’s Always Gettysburg, was published by Pudding House.

Kathleen S. Burgess, poet and retired teacher, is a senior editor at Pudding Magazine. Two new collections, Hitchhiking Through Ruins and The Wonder Cupboard, concern endangered Western Hemisphere cultures.

Susan Sheppard, founder of the Sacred Way Poets of Parkersburg, W.V., is of Lenni-Lenape, Shawnee and Saponi heritage. Her poetry has appeared in a number of poetry zines, anthologies and journals.

Kerry Trautman is a lifelong Ohioan. Her poetry and short fiction reflect a deeply-rooted connection to the culture and landscape of her Midwestern home. She reads her poetry at multiple venues throughout the state.

Kari Gunter-Seymour is a fine art photographer, graphic designer and poet, whose people come from the foothills of the Appalachians and the mountains of Tennessee, storytellers all. She is the founder/curator of the Women of Appalachia Project.


David and Guilda Altman have hosted and facilitated many drum circles in multiple venues, including nursing homes, senior centers, private parties, local fairs, poetry readings and solstice/equinox events.

Suggested Arrival Time 11:30
Artists will be selling their books and CDs

Click here for written directions to Serpent Mound

About Arc of Appalachia

The Arc of Appalachia Preserve System is a non-profit grassroots organization dedicated to expanding preserve land. Every year, money is raised to purchase land, saving it from development. The ARC manages a dozen nature preserve sites and four ancient American Indian earthwork sites in southern Ohio, including Serpent Mound and nearby Fort Hill. Learn more at

All the proceeds from Serpent Mound go to the park’s upkeep and education programs. Anything left over after that goes to expanding preserve areas for nature and ancient sacred sites in Ohio.

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