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Apr 24, 2014
Ohio Poem in Your Pocket Day
Cleveland, OH


Beehive Books
25 N. Sandusky Street
Delaware, OH
(740) 363-2337

Books of Aurora
528 E. Garfield Road
PO Box 305
Aurora, OH
(330) 995-3228

Books & Co.
Greene Shopping Center
4453 Walnut Street
Dayton, OH

The Learned Owl
204 N. Main Street
Hudson OH
(330) 653-2252

Mac's Backs Books
1820 Coventry Rd.
Cleveland Heights, OH
(216) 321-2665

Visible Voice Books
1023 Kenilworth
Cleveland, OH
(216) 961-0084


Contact the Council of Teachers of English/Language Arts: For OCTELA map and packet, contact: Ruth McClain, 1069 Edgewood Drive, Chillicothe, OH 45601.

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Featured Poets

Hart Crane

Hart Crane
Born in Garrettsville, Ohio, Harold Hart Crane combined the influences of European literature and traditional versification with his own American sensibility. Publication of The Bridge in 1930 brought Crane accolades and a lasting legacy.

Richard Howard

Richard Howard
Richard Howard is the author of eleven volumes of poetry and over 150 translations. He has received numerous awards including the Pulitzer Prize for Untitled Subjects and served as a Chancellor of The Academy of American Poets. He was Born in Cleveland, Ohio.

Kenneth Koch

Kenneth Koch
Kenneth Koch, born in Cincinnati, Ohio, was associated with the New York School of poetry, and his many volumes of poetry include One Train and On the Great Atlantic Rainway, Selected Poems 1950-1988 which together earned him the Bollingen Prize in 1995.

Other Ohio Poets
David Baker
Jill Bialosky
Don Bogen
David Citino
Martha Collins
James Cummins
Rita Dove
John Drury
Paul Laurence Dunbar
Mari Evans
Kathy Fagan
Nikki Giovanni
Pauletta Hansel
Andrew Hudgins
Steve Kuusisto
William Matthews
Jeredith Merrin
Thylias Moss
Marilyn Nelson
Mary Oliver
Kenneth Patchen
Bob Perelman
Stanley Plumly
David Wagoner
Eleanor Wilner
James Wright
David Young
Literary Organizations & Centers

Cleveland State University Poetry Center
Featuring conferences, prizes, events, publications, and an author database, the CSU Poetry Center is also the exclusive distributor for Bit Press Publications' archives.

Ohio Arts Council
Issues grants to individuals and organizations, and helps to enhance the growth of the arts through workshops, institutes, symposiums, and an Artist in Residence Program.

Ohioana Library
Ohioana's current holdings include over 40,000 books and biographical files on more than 20,000 Ohio writers, artists, musicians, and other notable Ohioans. They sponsor the Ohioana Awards and publish the Ohioana Quarterly.

Paul Laurence Dunbar Memorial
This Italianate turn-of-the-century structure was the final home of the poet Paul Laurence Dunbar, who, during his short lifetime, became known as the poet laureate of African Americans. The Memorial exhibits Dunbar's literary treasures, many of his personal items, and his family's furnishings.

Poets and Writers League of Greater Cleveland
Since 1974, the League has invited readers to join writers in workshops, poetry readings, performances and classes. PWLGC also publishes Ohio Writer, a bi-monthly magazine linking writers throughout the state; poetry chapbooks; and a monthly literary calendar that is mailed to 3,000 arts patrons.

Wired for Books
A collection of two-minute interviews with well-known authors, presented by the Ohio University Telecommunications Center.

Ohio Poetry Association
First organized as a local chapter in Columbus in 1929, the Ohio Poetry Association (OPA), chartered originally as the Verse Writers’ Guild of Ohio, is a nonprofit, educational organization. It exists to promote the art of poetry and further the support of poets and others who appreciate poetry.

Brunswick Art Works
A grass roots organization of volunteers who are dedicated to promoting the arts in Brunswick. Resources include a monthly poetry reading.

Literary Journals & Small Presses

The Antioch Review
The Antioch Review, founded in 1941, is one of the oldest, continuously publishing literary magazines in America.

Artful Dodge
Publishes works "with a strong sense of place," including translations.

Bottom Dog Press
Based out of Huron, Bottom Dog Press is a non-profit literary and educational organization dedicated to publishing the best writing and art from the Midwest and beyond.

The Cincinnati Review
"A new journal devoted the "the finest creative and critical work from across the country. [They] provide a venue for writers of any background, at any point in their literary careers, to showcase their best writing."

FIELD/Oberlin College Press
FIELD sponsors an annual poetry book contest, and publishes a poetry series as well as a translation series.

Hiram Poetry Review
The literary journal of Hiram College features distinctive, witty, and heroic poetry and reviews books of poetry published within the past year.

Hotel Amerika
Launched in 2002 by Ohio University's Creative Writing Program, Hotel Amerika is a biannual magazine that publishes literary work of all genres, including work that challenges traditional genre boundaries.

The Journal
Estalished in 1972, The Journal is the nationally distributed literary journal of the Ohio State University, which publishes poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and reviews of new books of poetry by both emerging and established authors. The magazine administers The Journal Award in Poetry, selecting one full-length manuscript of poetry each year for publication by Ohio State University Press.

The Kenyon Review
In 2001, The Kenyon Review Board of Trustees voted to present an annual award that would honor careers of extraordinary literary achievement.

Miami University Press
Miami University Press, edited by Keith Tuma, publishes one volume of poetry each year as well as the winning entry in its novella contest and, occasionally, a volume of non-fiction or poetry in translation.

Mid-American Review
Founded in 1981, MAR is an official publication of the Department of English and the Creative Writing Program at Bowling Green State University.

Pavement Saw Press
Publishes Pavement Saw Magazine (bonus: they will "hand number the entire journal you purchase for a dime a page, including the contents page, if requested to do so") and Bloody Twin Press, plus a limited number of poetry broadsides.

The Poetry Center
The CSU Poetry Center is a nonprofit publisher housed in the English Department in the College of Arts and Sciences at Cleveland State University. Since 1971, the press has published over 120 collections of poetry.

13 Miles from Cleveland
13 Miles from Cleveland is based in the Greater Cleveland area and publishes poetry and art nationally. The publication is edited by Joe Balaz.

Poetic History

Paul Laurence Dunbar House: Dayton, OH
Dunbar lived in the Italianate turn-of-the-century house with his mother until his death from tuberculosis in 1906.

The Graves of Poets
When he died on February 9, 1906, at the age of thirty-three, Paul Lawrence Dunbar was buried in Woodland Cemetery and Arboretum in Dayton, Ohio.

James Wright's hometown: Martins Ferry, OH
The poems of James Wright infuse his hometown of Martins Ferry, Ohio with so true an emotional core that the town has taken on an almost mythic quality.

Poems about Ohio

A Walk Along the Old Tracks
by Robert Kinsley
When I was young they had already been / abandoned for years...

Autumn Begins in Martin's Ferry, Ohio
by James Wright
In the Shreve High football stadium...

Writing Programs & Colonies

Bowling Green State University
Offering a B.F.A. and an M.F.A., BGSU also hosts the College of Arts and Sciences' Visiting Writers Series, an important aspect of BGSU's campus culture.

Cleveland State University
Offers the Leonard Trawick Scholarship in Creative Writing and an MA in English with a concentration in creative writing. CSU is home to Whiskey Island, a student-run literary magazine; the annual Imagination writing conference; and the Poetry Center, a nonprofit poetry publisher.

Denison University
Offers a BA with a concentration in creative writing, and features the Beck Lecture Series and The Jonathan R. Reynolds Young Writers Workshop for high school students.

Kent State University
KSU's Wick Poetry Program features annual scholarships to KSU for graduating Ohio high school seniors and KSU undergraduates, chapbook competitions for Ohio poets with publication by the Kent State University Press, the Stan and Tom Wick Poetry Prize for a first book of poems, a reading series, and outreach program to area schools.

Kenyon College
Kenyon College has a long history of nurturing talented poets and fiction writers, and many students attend Kenyon for its creative writing courses. Each year, ten members of the English Department faculty teach a variety of workshops in fiction, poetry, or creative nonfiction, and many students choose to complete the English major with an Emphasis in Creative Writing. In addition, many special opportunities are available to students interested in creative writing at Kenyon, including numerous readings by writers of national reputation, internships with The Kenyon Review Student Associates Program, and opportunities to publish creative work in a wide assortment of student literary journals.

Miami University
Miami offers an intimate, intensive B.A. and M.A. in creative writing with a history of launching graduates into the finest PhD and MFA programs in the country. The program regularly hosts distinguished visiting readers and sprint workshops taught by writers such as Pulitzer Prize winner Rae Armantrout. Miami University Press and two literary magazines offer opportunities for learning about editing and publishing.

Ohio State University
The OSU English Department offers an M.A. program, an M.F.A. program in Creative Writing, and a Ph.D. program, giving graduate students a variety of opportunities to work closely with distinguished scholars in a number of different fields. The department also publishes a number of literary journals, including Poetics Today and The Journal and is home to Ohio State University Press, which administers The Journal Award in Poetry.

Ohio University
Ohio University offers a Ph.D. in Creative Writing, as well as an M.A. The Creative Writing Program has deliberately remained small in order to provide an alternative to larger M.F.A. programs around the country. M.A. candidates complete two years of study and write a thesis of creative work in their genre. The Creative Writing Program also publishes several literary journals, including Hotel Amerika, and hosts the annual Spring Literary Festival.

University of Cincinnati
The University of Cincinnati offers both an M.A. and Ph.D. in Creative Writing. The University is home to The George Elliston Poetry Foundation, which brings a distinguished poet to campus each year to give public lectures and readings and to conduct poetry seminars and workshops. During the winter quarter, The Ropes Lecture Series hosts a number of prominent writers--both creative and scholarly--who present public lectures and participate in graduate seminars on both the M.A. and Ph.D. levels.

Readings Series, Conferences, & Literary Festivals

Cleveland State University Reading Series
Each spring and fall, the University hosts a reading series featuring two writers per event. All events are free and open to the public.

An annual, five-day conference hosted by Cleveland State University. The conference spans five genres: fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, playwriting and screenwriting, and draws exciting faculty from across the region, state and nation. Events include a range of rigorous workshops, individual manuscript consultations, informative craft talks and lectures, readings featuring our faculty, receptions and social gatherings.

Spring Literary Festival
Since 1986, The Spring Literary Festival has featured some of the world's finest, most distinguished writers of poetry, fiction and non-fiction. The three-day festival is held in May on the Ohio University campus in Athens, Ohio. All readings and lectures are free and open to the public. The five visiting writers will be present throughout the festival, lecturing and reading from their work. Books by the authors will be available for purchase after each program.

Ohio River Festival of Books
Programs are spread over eight days that include National Library Week. Events are held in various venues including public libraries, colleges and universities, and other locations across the tri-state.

The Kenyon Review Literary Festival
Each Autumn, in Gambier, Ohio, The Kenyon Review presents a four-day celebration of literature featuring readings by local, national, and international authors, workshops, presentations, and fun. The festival is capped off by a lecture by the recipient of The Kenyon Review Award for Literary Achievement.

Ohio Poetry Day
From Governor John Bricker, in 1938, until this date, every Governor to serve the State of Ohio has declared the third Friday in October Ohio Poetry Day. Since 1941, there has been a journal of the winners of the Ohio Poetry Day poetry contests published under various names and formats.

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