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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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Cleveland Public Library and the Ohio Center for the Book present a new graphic novel discussion series: Women Warriors

What does it mean to be a female superhero? What does it mean to be a superhero of a race other than white? In this series we will explore the intersections of both race and gender in superhero comics from various perspectives. We will read comics where the lead character is a female superhero of a race other than white. We will also explore what happens when it is not the superhero but a female supervillain that is of a different race than the hero. We will discuss different types of feminisms, the epidemic of sex trafficking, and various other topics related to women and gender. Join us for this new ongoing discussion and discover how even superheroes are not free of prejudice.

WHEN: 1st and 3rd Thursdays at 4:00 PM | March - May 2015
WHERE: Literature Department, 2nd floor, Main Building

Click on "Read More" to see topics, dates, and to link to titles available in Cleveland Public Library's online public access catalog. Click on the image (left) to download/print the flyer. 

About Your Host. Valentino Zullo began his studies in comics at Kent State University many years ago. He now holds a Master of Arts in English and Women’s Studies from Bowling Green State University where he studied Comics as Literature. He is currently a student at the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences at Case Western Reserve University. He is also an early admissions student for psychoanalytic training at the Cleveland Psychoanalytic Center. Valentino believes in Literature, Social Justice and the Superhero Way!

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From the Ohio Arts Council press release dated 2/18/2015:

The Ohio Arts Council will host the tenth annual Poetry Out Loud State Finals on Saturday, March 7, 2015, at the Lincoln Theatre, 769 East Long Street, Columbus, Ohio. The day-long event, held from 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., brings together school champions from many of the 59 registered high schools throughout the state to compete for the chance to represent Ohio at the Poetry Out Loud National Recitation Contest to be held in Washington, D.C., April 27-29, 2015.  Poet and Oberlin College professor Kazim Ali will share his original poems between rounds in the state competition. His volumes of poetry include Sky Ward (winner of the 2014 Ohioana Book Award in Poetry), The Far Mosque, The Fortieth Day, and the poetic memoir Bright Felon: Autobiography and Cities.  Former State Senator Eric H. Kearney of Cincinnati will serve as emcee for the final round of the state competition.  The state finals are free and open to the public.  For more information, call 614.728.4445.

In 2006 Jackson Hille of Columbus won the very first Poetry Out Loud national championship; the 2014 Ohio state champion, Lake Wilburn of Centennial High School in Columbus, finished second at the National Finals, winning $10,000. The winner at the state level receives $300 and an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C. to compete for the national championship. The state winner's school receives a $500 stipend for the purchase of poetry books for its library.  The runner-up receives $100, with $200 for his or her school library.  Additionally, a total of $50,000 in awards and school stipends will be awarded to the winners at the National Finals.  To see a list of the participating high schools in Ohio, print the Ohio Arts Council Press Release by clicking the "Poetry Out Loud" image above.

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 Ohio Poetry Out Loud finals are presented in partnership with Thurber House, the Ohioana Library, the Ohio Center for the Book at Cleveland Public Library, and Tuesday Musical Association.

To learn more, click on "Read More" and visit for more information on this national program and Poetry Out Loud the Ohio Arts Council website for more information on the Ohio program.

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