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Essentially Athens Book Launch at Arts West


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Join the writers, and fine artists for an evening of merriment, readings, discussions, and book signing. Over one hundred poets, essayists, storytellers, songwriters and fine artists have come together in this very special collection celebrating all that is the heart and hearth of Athens, Ohio. The work is raw, honest and steeped in all things… Read More

The Ohio University Creative Writing Program presents Spring Literary Fest: April 3-5, 2019


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The Ohio University Creative Writing Program presents Spring Literary Fest from April 3-5, 2019, which includes talks, craft lectures, readings, colloquiums, and workshops by the following acclaimed poets, novelists, essayists, fiction writers: Stephanie Powell Watts, Mark Doty, Claire Vaye Watkins, Laura Kasischke, Kiese Laymon. See the link below for more details:  More information here   

Kari Gunter-Seymour to Serve Second Term as Athens Poet Laureate


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The Athens Municipal Arts Commission and Athens City Council are pleased to announce that Kari Gunter-Seymour has accepted their invitation to serve a second term as Athens Poet Laureate. “We are so proud to have Kari continue as our Poet Laureate,” says Mayor Steve Patterson. Three times a pushcart nominee, Gunter-Seymour’s chapbook Serving was chosen… Read More

Poetry Out Loud Semifinal


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Stuart’s Opera House hosts the Southeast Ohio regional semifinal for Poetry Out Loud! Poetry Out Loud encourages students to learn about great poetry through memorization and recitation. This program helps students master public speaking skills, build self-confidence, and learn about literary history and contemporary life. Created by the National Endowment for the Arts and the… Read More

Spoken & Heard with Maggie Smith


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Join us for an evening of poetry in the gallery with Maggie Smith! We’ll start the evening off with our opening poet Deni Naffziger and end the evening with a reception and book signing for Maggie. This event is FREE and open to the public. Smith is the author of three books of poetry: Good… Read More