Rose Smith and Steve Abbott To Perform March 7 at The Dairy Barn

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The Dairy Barn Arts Center is pleased to announce the lineup of poets for the second event in its spring poetry series “Spoken & Heard, Poetry of Departure and Relevance,” to be held March 7, 2019, at 6 p.m. in the Sauber Gallery. The evening is curated by Athens Poet Laureate, Kari Gunter-Seymour. Featured will be Columbus poets Steve Abbott and Rose Smith. Athens poet Patricia Black will serve as opening poet.

Rose M. Smith (Submitted)

Rose M. Smith’s is author of four chapbooks, most recently Holes in My Teeth (Kattywampus Press, 2016). Her work appears in Minola Review, Mom Egg Review, pluck!, Naugatuck River Review, Snapdragon, Main Street Rag, and The Pedestal Magazine, among others. She has served with Ohio Arts Council’s Poetry Out Loud program for several years. Rose is a Senior Editor with Pudding Magazine and a graduate Cave Canem fellow. Her upcoming collection, Unearthing Ida, won the 2018 Lyrebird Prize from Glass Lyre Press.

Steve Abbott (Submitted)

Steve Abbott was a founder in 1984 of The Poetry Forum, now the Midwest’s longest-running poetry reading series, and he continues as a co-host. His poems have appeared in Rattle, Connecticut Review, Spoon River Poetry Review, and Birmingham Poetry Review, among others. He has published five chapbooks. His full-length collection, A Green Line Between Green Fields was a 2018 finalist for the Ohio Poet of the Year award. He edited the poetry anthologies Cap City Poets, a collection of 74 central Ohio poets, and Ohio Poetry Association’s Everything Stops and Listens. He also edits OPA’s annual journal Common Threads. His collection of ekphrastic poems, A Language the Image Speaks, is forthcoming this Spring.

Opening poet will be Athens own Patricia Black. Patricia taught English in Italy, was editor at Ohio University Publications, worked as a travel agent and drove a bookmobile. She now writes poems, does beadwork, gardens, and edits academic papers for international students. She is a member of the Athens Poetry Group, the PentaPoets online poetry group and the Ohio Poetry Association. Her poems have appeared in Common Threads and in the Ohio Poetry Association’s juried anthology Everything Stops and Listens. She has been a featured reader in Athens, Cincinnati, Columbus, Coshocton, Marion and Wooster, Ohio.

Poetry events are free to the public and doors open at 5:30 p.m. 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