Celebrate National Poetry Month during the Main Library’s 15th annual Poetry in the Garden series held in partnership with the Grailville Retreat & Program Center.
Budding poets whose verses won the second annual Poetry in the Garden Contest and their judges will start off the series by reading their poems. During these Tuesday evenings in April, come hear some of the most respected poets in the region share their poetry. All readings are followed by an open mic session, where participants can read two poems (for up to five minutes each). Poets include:
*Jeanne Bryner was born in Appalachia and grew up in Newton Falls, Ohio, where she now resides on a dairy farm. A registered nurse, she has received writing fellowships from Bucknell University, the Ohio Arts Council, and Vermont Studio Center. Her poetry has been adapted for and performed on the stage. Her books include Breathless, Blind Horse: Poems, Eclipse: Stories, No Matter How Many Windows, Tenderly Lift Me: Nurses Honored, Celebrated and Remembered and Smoke: Poems.
*Sherry Cook Stanforth is the Creative Writing Vision Program Director at Thomas More College and a co- editor of the regional literary journal, Pine Mountain Sand & Gravel. She teaches fiction, poetry, environmental and ethnic literatures and folklore. Her work appears in Pine Mountain Sand & Gravel, Motif, Still: The Journal, Indiana Review, MELUS, Language and Lore, Anthology of Appalachian Writers and National Council of Teachers of English books.
* Kate Fadick is “emerging” as a poet at age 67. Interesting work held the muse at bay for too many years, and now she takes long walks, photographs and time to read, as well as write, poems. Her first chapbook, Slipstream, was released by Finishing Line Press in February 2013.
*Gerry Grubbs is a practicing attorney in Cincinnati and a published poet. He has had poems published in over a hundred small journals as well as in books, including Palaces of the Nights, Girls in Bright Dresses Dancing, and the chapbook Still Life.
*Desirae Hosley is a performance poet who was born and raised in Cincinnati. Known as “The Silent Poet,” she is quiet and reserved until she stands in front of the mic. Hosley said she is inspired by Maya Angelou and Nikki Giovanni, the later also a Cincinnati native. She was the cultural programming assistant for the Urban Appalachian Council.
*Mark Flanigan is a Cincinnati writer whose work has been appearing locally and nationally for over two decades. His popular “Exiled” column recently ended after an eleven-year run, first in X-Ray Cincinnati, then online at semantikon.com, and finally at CityBeat. His volume of poetry, Journeyman’s Lament, appeared recently in the Aurore Press publication, Versus, and his free-e-book, Minute Poems, remains available online from Three Fools Press.
*Kelly Moffett is an assistant professor of English at Northern Kentucky University. Her first poetry collection was released in 2008, and her chapbook, Ghost Act, and second poetry collection, When the God of Water enters your Basement, Bow, will be published this year. Her work has appeared in journals such as Colorado Review, Laurel Review, Cincinnati Review, and Rattle.
*Andy Miller is coordinator of creative writing at Northern Kentucky University. An eclectic writer, he has published short fiction in a variety of magazines and anthologies. He has published both literary and speculative poetry in publications such as The MacGuffin, Inscape, Eye to the Telescope, Dissections, and the anthology A Few Good Words. His lyric comic, a hybrid comic book and poetry chapbook was published in 2010.
*Bob Wallace has taught Literature and the Arts at Northern Kentucky University since 1972. Dayton Floodwall Poems is his first book of poetry. His interdisciplinary scholarly books compare literature with other arts. They include: Jane Austen and Mozart, Turner and Melville, Frank Stella’s Moby-Dick, Douglass and Melville, and a brand-new book on the Moby-Dick opera by Jake Heggie and Gene Scheer that will be coming to the Cincinnati Opera in 2015.