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Celebrate National Poetry Month with James Shea and Catherine Wing at Mitchell's Ice Cream in Cleveland's Ohio City neighborhood at 1867 West 25th St. on Monday, April 6, 2015, at 7:00 P.M.

Nationally recognized Ohio poets James Shea and Catherine Wing will visit Mitchell's Ice Cream in Ohio City to read their poetry in celebration of National Poetry Month. James Shea will launch his newly released collection of poems, The Lost Novel.

FREE ice cream for all who attend!

This program is in partnership with Mac's Backs Books who will have both books for sale at the event.

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Congratulations to Sarah Binau, winner of Ohio's 10th annual Poetry Out Loud state finals!  The state finals were held on Saturday, March 7, 2015 at the Lincoln Theatre in downtown Columbus.  To earn the win, Sarah, a senior at Bexley High School in the Columbus suburb of Bexley, recited "After Apple-Picking" by Robert Frost, "Onions" by William Matthews, and "The Author to Her Book," by Anne Bradstreet.  Moments after winning, she said, "I am overwhelmed. It's been a fantastic ride."

As the state champion, Binau earned a $300 prize and an all-expense paid trip to compete in the Poetry Out Loud national finals in Washington, D.C., April 27-29, 2015.   At the national finals, Binau will represent Ohio and compete to become the national champion.  The total award pool is $50,000, including a $20,000 top prize for the winner.  "I can't wait for what comes next," she said of competing in the national finals. 

To learn more about this event, click on the photo to read the Ohio Arts Council press release.  (Photo Credit: Tadd Callentine, source: The Columbus Dispatch Online)

Poetry Out Loud is presented by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation in partnership with the Ohio Arts Council and state arts agencies nationwide. The program encourages high school students to learn about great poetry, master public-speaking skills, build self-confidence, and study their literary heritage.


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Enchantee coverCongratulations to Ohio poet Angie Estes for winning the 2015 Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award for her 2013 book Enchantee. Presented by Claremont Graduate University, the $100,000 award is among the most prestigious in America for a mid-career poet.

Angie Estes is currently a faculty member in the low residency Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing program at Ashland University.  Additionally, she has taught creative writing at several other locations, including both Oberlin College and The Ohio State University here in Ohio.

The Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award is the latest in a long string of awards and honors for Estes. Tryst (2009) was selected as one of two finalists for the 2010 Pulitzer Prize; Voice-Over (2002) won the 2001 FIELD Poetry Prize; The Uses of Passion (1995) was the winner of the Peregrine Smith Poetry Prize. Estes is also the recipient of many other awards, including a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Pushcart Prize and the Cecil Hemley Memorial Award from the Poetry Society of America,

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