poetry

Local poet and teacher Manuel Iris is Cincinnati's new poet laureate

A personal tragedy has led a local woman to struggle through the grief by writing poetry. Barbara Gray welcomes Jen Calkins to the studio to hear her story and talk about her book, Even My Love Hurts.

Former Purcell Marian teacher Richard Hague has just released a collection of essays and memoirs. 

For National Poetry Month, Barbara Gray welcomes in Reba Hennessy, the development and communication director for WordPlay, the youth literacy organization in Northside, and Solomon Booker, a student poet and part of their Scribes program. 

Meet Local Poet Caitlin Doyle

Apr 6, 2018

Kelly Blewett kicks off National Poetry Month with special guest Caitlin Doyle. The local poet talks about early influences, reads and analyzes some of her poetry, and also discusses "The Cincinnati Review" publication.


For National Poetry MonthLocal poet David Lee Garrison reads Tattoo from his book Carpeing the Diem: Poems about High School.

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A Cincinnati writer is the winner of the 2018 Walt Whitman Award from the Academy of American Poets. Emily Skaja's book of poems, Brute, is the winning entry and will be published by Graywolf Press next year.

A Poem From David Lee Garrison

Feb 9, 2018

Poetry Reading: David Lee Garrison reads Iris from his collection Carpeing the Diem: Poems about High School.

Poetry Reading: Roberta Schultz reads Lullaby, from her new chapbook, Songs from the Shaper's Harp.

A Poem From Roberta Schultz

Nov 17, 2017

Poetry Reading: Local poet Roberta Schultz recites Forbidden Fruit from her chapbook, Songs from the Shapers Harp, published by Finishing Line Press. 

Poetry Reading: David Lee Garrison recites "First Date" from his new book, Carpeing the Diem: Poems About High School.

A Poem From Roberta Schultz

Oct 20, 2017

Poetry Reading: Around Cincinnati contributor Roberta Schultz reads the poem, “Iona,” from her  new chapbook, Songs from the Shapers Harppublished by Finishing Line Press.

Poetry reading: Our contributor Roberta Schultz shares a poem from her new chapbook, Songs From The Shaper's Harp.

Poetry reading: Jinny Powers Berten reads "Welcome Back" from her book, We Dance.

Poetry Reading: Local poet Jinny Powers Berten reads "Bury Me at Inch" from her book, We Dance.

Celebrating National Poetry Month: Barbara Gray welcomes to the studio Kate Fadick, a local poet and author of the new collection Self-Portrait as Hildegard of Bingen.

Celebrating National Poetry Month: Cincinnati's Poet Laureate Pauletta Hansel reads her poem "Our Words: Cincinnati, April, 2017."

Celebrating National Poetry Month: Spoken word and poetry programs are some of the more popular offerings at Elementz, the creative arts youth center in Over the Rhine.

Celebrating National Poetry MonthDr. Linwood Rumney from the Union Institute and University discusses his collection Abandoned Earth, and recites his poems "Junkyard Communion" and "After the Blueberry Harvest" with Kelly Blewett.

Celebrating National Poetry Month: local poet Jinny Powers Berten reads "Words" from her book, We Dance.

National Poetry Month: Local Poet John Philip Drury

Apr 7, 2017

Celebrating National Poetry Month: Kelly Blewett has a conversation with UC English Professor and author of four books of poetry, John Philip Drury.

Celebrating National Poetry Month: Local poet Jinny Berten recites That Dog from her book, We Dance.

Celebrating National Poetry Month: University of Dayton Professor Emeritus Dr. Herbert Woodward Martin joins Barbara Gray to discuss his lifelong interest in the writings of Paul Laurence Dunbar.

The Louder Than a Bomb poetry slam was created to give young people a forum to speak out and to be heard. Started in Chicago in 2001, Louder Than a Bomb is the largest youth poetry slam in the world. The poetry contest was brought to Cincinnati in 2015, enabling young people in our region to hear one another’s stories and share experiences through spoken word performances.

A Poem From Brian Volck

Mar 3, 2017

Poetry reading: Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center Pediatrician Dr. Brian Volck reads In Winter from his collection, Flesh Becomes Word.

Poetry From Michael Henson

Feb 17, 2017

Poetry: Local poet Michael Henson reads his poem Winter from his book, The Dead Singing.

Wanting to provide a truly personal touch for your Valentine this year? Local author (Running from the Devil: A Memoir of a Boy Possessed) and poet Steve Kissing joins our Barbara Gray with hints and encouragement for those wanting to write their own love poem.

Cincinnati's Poet Laureate Pauletta Hansel reads her poem Class Lessons from her 2011 collection The Lives We Live In Houses

A New Poetry Collection From Rochelle Hurt

Dec 30, 2016

Ohio poet Rochelle Hurt recently released her latest collection, In Which I Play the Runaway, which has received the Barrow Street Book Prize. 

Poetry Reading: Susan Glassmeyer reads her poem, Ice Storm.

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