Kent State’s Wick Poetry Center Presents Ohio Poetry Prize Reading on March 3
By Taylor Meade
Kent State University’s Wick Poetry Center will host the Ohio Poetry Prize Reading on March 3 at 7:30 p.m. to celebrate the winners of the Ohio Poetry Prize, an annual publication prize given to Ohio poets.
The event, which is free and open to the public, will take place in the Kent Student Center, Room 306.
“This year, we’re thrilled to host the poets whose work is by turns, nimble and fierce, intimate and heartbreaking,” says Catherine Wing, Kent State associate professor of English and the series editor.
This event will feature readings from poets Brian Brodeur, Diana Lueptow and Janet McAdams.
Brodeur is the author of the poetry collections Natural Causes and Other Latitudes, as well as the chapbooks Local Fauna and So the Night Cannot Go on Without Us. Brodeur curates the digital archive “How a Poem Happens,” an online anthology of more than 200 interviews with poets. A 2013 Walter E. Dakin Fellow at the Sewanee Writers’ Conference, he holds a Ph.D. in English and comparative literature from the University of Cincinnati, where he served as associate editor for The Cincinnati Review. He is an assistant professor of English at Indiana University East. Brodeur won the Chapbook Competition with his manuscript for Local Fauna.
Lueptow’s Little Nest was the winner of the 2014 Ohio Chapbook Prize. Her poems have appeared in FIELD, Arion, Beloit Poetry Journal and The Stinging Fly. She received a 2014 Individual Excellence Award from the Ohio Arts Council and an M.F.A. from Warren Wilson College. Born in Wisconsin, she lives in Northeast Ohio.
McAdams is the author of the poetry collections The Island of Lost Luggage and Feral, as well as a novel Red Weather. A native of the U.S. Southeast, she lives in Ohio and teaches at Kenyon College. McAdams won the Chapbook Competition with her manuscript for Seven Boxes for the Country After.
For more information about the Ohio Chapbook Prize or other Wick Poetry Center events, visit www.kent.edu/wick/reading-series.