Upcoming Events:

Tributary Reader Launch Party

Saturday, July 3 at 5pm EST

Hosted by Tributary Reader

Outdoor event at Mansfield Art Center

in Mansfield, Ohio



Black Lives reading and open mic

Saturday, July 10 at 7pm EST

featuring poets published in Black Lives book

(handmade by Jonie McIntire as part of

Pop-Up Poetry Series)

Sign up at 6pm, reading starts at 7pm

at The Trunk, 3353 Franklin Ave, Toledo, Ohio

Uncloistered Poetry

Sunday, July 11 at 6pm EST

Featured readers: Kay Renee, Selene Frost, Melvin Douglas Johnson, Paula Lambert

Features followed by open mic

Zoom link


Poetry in the Park

Friday, July 16 at 5pm CST

A dozen featured readers from around the US

including Jonie McIntire, Adrian Lime and Kerry Trautman from Toledo, Ohio area

Tower Grove Park, Roman Pavilion

St. Louis, Missouri

Barbs Books Presents:

No Zoom Saturday

Saturday, July 17 at 4pm CST

Fourteen featured readers from around the US

including Jonie McIntire, Adrian Lime, Dan Denton and Kerry Trautman from Toledo, Ohio area

Barb’s Books

314 S. Alvarado Ave, Belle, Missouri

About Me

Welcome to the website of Jonie McIntire, a writer/poet in Northwest Ohio.

First thing you need to know, other than it’s lovely that you’ve landed here, is how important building literary community is to me.

When I came to Toledo in my early twenties, I found a community that felt closed. One that had hidden cultures you had to seek out. In finding the feminist community, the anarchist community, the literary community, I started to see how desperately people needed to connect to and support each other. In the poetry community, particularly, I found intersections of all groups and people – the academic, the homeless, all races and sexes and identities, different abilities and political notions. Everything interwoven. 


So my important work became creating platforms for area artists, finding venues for their poetry and workshops to help them grow. And by bringing artists from around the country to share their craft, by being challenged by the artists here in Toledo, my craft has grown and been refined. The growth and maturity of Toledo poetry mirrors my own, in some ways. We hit dry spells, we reinvent ourselves, we have boon years of frantic activity. We keep trying. We do better together.

My first two chapbooks were Beyond the Sidewalk (NightBallet Press, 2017) and Not All Who Are Lost Wander (Finishing Line Press, 2016). My third chapbook, Semidomesticated, was the winner of the Red Flag Poetry 2020 Chapbook contest and was released in March 2021. I host a monthly poetry reading series, Uncloistered Poetry, and have been the poetry editor for Springboard, a teen literary journal, for the past three years. My current project, called PopUp Printing, involves creating small chapbooks to raise funds for immediate needs in Northwest Ohio. Not only have I led countless writing workshops and poetry events, I also have poems published in journals across the country and even stamped into cement in Toledo, Ohio as part of the Arts Commission of Greater Toledo’s Sidewalk Poetry series.


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Toledo, OH, USA


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