Athens & Ohio Poet Laureate Slated to Open Fall Poetry Series at Dairy Barn Art Center

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The Dairy Barn Arts Center is pleased to announce the lineup of poets for the first event in its fall poetry series “Spoken & Heard, Poetry of Departure and Relevance,” to be held Thursday, Oct. 11, 2018, at 6pm in the Sauber Gallery. The evening will be hosted by Athens Poet Laureate, Kari Gunter-Seymour. Featured will be Ohio Poet Laureate, Dave Lucas, Columbus poet, Paula Lambert, and Athens poet, Wendy McVicker.

Dave Lucas (Submitted)

Dave Lucas is the author of Weather (Georgia, 2011), which received the 2012 Ohioana Book Award for Poetry. Named by Rita Dove as one of thirteen “young poets to watch,” he has also received a “Discovery/The Nation Prize and a Cleveland Arts Prize.  His poetry has been anthologized in The Bedford Introduction to Literature and Best New Poets 2005; and has appeared in such journals as The American Poetry Review, Blackbird, The Paris Review, Poetry, Slate, The Threepenny Review and Virginia Quarterly Review. He has reviewed books for The Plain Dealer and his essays have appeared in Granta and Virginia Quarterly Review, among other publications. He earned his B.A. at John Carroll University, M.F.A. in Creative Writing at the University of Virginia, and M.A. and Ph.D. in English Language and Literature at the University of Michigan. In January 2018, Ohio Governor John Kasich named Lucas the state’s second poet laureate.

Paula Lambert (Submitted)

Paula J. Lambert is a literary and visual artist from Columbus, Ohio. Author of The Sudden Seduction of Gravity, The Guilt That Gathers, and a new, special-edition chapbook The Ecstasy of Wanting, she is a Residency Artist for the Ohio Arts Council Arts Learning Program and past recipient of an Ohio Arts Council Individual Artist Fellowship. She is a both a past and forthcoming fellow of the Virginia Center for Creative Arts. She has published widely in journals and anthologies and taught numerous workshops and seminars on the writing process. Lambert also owns Full/Crescent Press, a small but growing publisher of poetry books and broadsides.

Opening poet will be Athens own Wendy McVicker, who is an Ohio Arts Council teaching artist. Her poems have appeared in many journals, in print and on-line, including Still: The Journal, Clover, and The Endicott Studio’s Journal of Mythic Arts; and in anthologies, including A Ritual to Read Together: Poems in Conversation with William Stafford and Women Speak, volumes 1-3. Her chapbook, The Dancer’s Notes, was released by Finishing Line Press in 2015. She also performs with instrumentalist Emily Prince as the duo another language altogether, often in collaboration with dancers and other musicians.

Poetry events are free to the public and doors open at 5:30 pm. There will be a cash bar. All who attend are invited to bring a poem to share with the audience during the open mic session at the end of the evening’s performance.

For more information about the Spoken & Heard events please go to or email Kari Gunter-Seymour at