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"Every day brings a ship, Every ship brings a word..."

Ralph Waldo Emerson


August brings us so many letters, so many new verses, not only through adventures like The Sealey Challenge, but also through the many events going on in and around Northwest Ohio. Particularly on Saturday, August 12th when Toledo hosts women from all over in two incredible events...

but I'm getting ahead of myself. Let's start at the beginning of the month...

Thursday, August 3 - Ohio Poetry Association has partnered with the Ohio State Fair Fine Arts Program and the Ohio Arts Council to coordinate the Ohio Poetry Showcase. Students and Poets Laureate from all over the state will be performing:


Cox Fine Arts Building at 717 East 17th Avenue, Columbus, OH 43211

1-2pm Poetry Out Loud - students perform poetry

2-6pm Ohio Poetry Association - poetry readings by poets laureate

6-7pm US Beat Poet Laureate reading and Q&A


Saturday, August 5

open to all - 7 minutes per reader

2-3:30pm King Road Library at 3900 King Road, Toledo, Ohio


*Arnie Koester pictured here, a WritersShop regular




The Rust Belt City Tour - all free events celebrating Rust Belt poetry by poets living the Rust Belt life…

Monday, August 7

Rust Belt City Tour - Detroit

9 touring poets

7-8:30pm — Gaelic League of Detroit at 2068 Michigan Avenue, Detroit, MI


Tuesday, August 8

Rust Belt City Tour - Toledo

9 touring poets

6-7:30pm at Underground Theater, Collingwood Arts Center at 2413 Collingwood Blvd, Toledo, OH


Wednesday, August 9

Rust Belt City Tour - Cleveland

7 touring poets

7-8:30pm — Loganberry Books at 13015 Larchmere Blvd, Cleveland, OH


Thursday, August 10

Rust Belt City Tour - Youngstown - 6 touring poets

7-8pm - Westside Bowl at 2617 Mahoning Avenue, Youngstown, OH


Friday, August 11

Rust Belt City Tour - Pittsburgh - 6 touring poets

(unfortunately, I will be missing this event)

7-9pm - Bantha Tea Bar at 5002 Penn Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA


And then Saturday, August 12 explodes with a celebration of women in poetry. We start with an event hosted by Uncloistered Poetry and Toledo Lucas County Public Library, highlighting the incredible Ohio Poet Laureate, Kari Gunter-Seymour, and her Women of Appalachia Project. Eight poets visit our McMaster Center Stage to share their original writing.

Women Speak featuring the Women of Appalachia Project

1-3pm - McMaster Center, Toledo Lucas County Public Library at 325 N. Michigan Street, Toledo, OH

featuring Pink Flowers, Juliet Cook and Shei Sanchez

Features followed by open mic

4-7pm - The Attic on Adams at 1701 Adams Street, Toledo, OH


And we finish out our twin whirlwind weeks with the online version of Uncloistered:


Sunday, August 13

Uncloistered Poetry Online featuring Chris Bodor and Barbara Leonhard

Features followed by open mic

6-8:30 pm EST - be sure to register for the Zoom link: https://us02web.zoom.us/.../tZEvcOqprj8sH9YCWoIEYZT-_Vyh9...


These are just some of the events I'm honored to be involved with during the first two weeks of August, but you can be sure there are many other events going on as well. Check Toledopoet.com for information about all kinds of opportunities in Northwest Ohio.



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