Ohio

In 2014, Ohio established a state poet laureate position, which is currently held by Dave Lucas, who was appointed to a one-year term in 2018. Lucas is the author of Weather (VQR, 2011).

In 2018, Manuel Iris was named poet laureate of Cincinnati. Iris will serve a two-year term.

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Radio Program Book Beat Ohio
Festival Spring Literary Festival Ohio
Festival The Kenyon Review Literary Festival Ohio
Reading Series Cleveland State University / Lighthouse Reading Series Ohio
Writing Program Bowling Green State University Ohio
Writing Program Cleveland State University Ohio
Writing Program Denison University Ohio
Writing Program Kent State University Ohio
Writing Program Kenyon College Ohio
Writing Program Miami University Ohio

poems

poem
Who would have thought the afterlife would 
look so much like Ohio? A small town place, 
thickly settled among deciduous trees. 
I lived for what seemed a very short time. 
Several things did not work out.
Casually almost, I became another one 
of the departed, but I had never imagined 
the tunnel of hot wind
poem
Come up from the fields father, here's a letter from our Pete, 
And come to the front door mother, here's a letter from thy dear son.

Lo, 'tis autumn, 
Lo, where the trees, deeper green, yellower and redder,
Cool and sweeten Ohio's villages with leaves
poem

                        on my birthday

I want a future
making hammocks
out of figs and accidents.
Or a future quieter
than snow. The leopards
stake out the backyard
and will flee at noon.
My terror is not secret,
but necessary,
as the wild must be,