Upcoming Events:

Just Be You Open Mic

Friday, October 15 at 7pm EST

Hosted by Audamatik and Jonie McIntire

sign up at 6pm, open mic at 7pm

The Trunk at 3353 Franklin Ave, Toledo

Every other week at the Trunk

Poets at the Attic

Saturday, October 16 at 4pm EST

Featured readers: Jonie McIntire, Daniel Lee, Sandra Rivers Gill, Tony Brewer, Kerry Trautman, Jason Baldinger, Milenko Budimir, Della Della, Nikki Allen, Jason Webber, Victor Clevenger, and John Dorsey

The Attic on Adams Patio, 1701 Adams Street, Toledo

*featuring special appreciation for

our poetic community

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Uncloistered Online - October

Sunday, October 17 at 6pm EST

Featured Readers: Agnes Vojta,

Julie E. Bloemeke, and Richard Westheimer

Features followed by open mic.

Be sure to register in advance for the Zoom link

Wonderland Toledo Gallery - Ekphrastic Poetry

Saturday, October 23 

4-6pm EST Ekphrastic Poem Writing

6-8pm EST Ekphrastic Poetry Reading

part of day-long gallery grand opening join us all day for incredible art, writing fun, tricks, treats and prizes

Hosted by Wonderland Studio Toledo 

Wonderland Studio, 151 North Michigan, Suite 210

Just Be You Open Mic

Friday, October 29 at 7pm EST

Hosted by Audamatik and Jonie McIntire

sign up at 6pm, open mic at 7pm

The Trunk at 3353 Franklin Ave, Toledo

Every other week at the Trunk

About Me

Welcome to the website of Jonie McIntire, a poet and literary advocate 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 am the poetry editor for Of Rust and Glass. 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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