local poets

A Poem From Pauletta Hansel

Aug 7, 2020

A poem from Pauletta Hansel called “Our Words: Cincinnati, April 2017,” written when she was Poet Laureate for Cincinnati.

A Poem From Dr. Herbert Woodward Martin

Jul 31, 2020

We revisit Dr. Herbert Woodward Martin’s poem, Mississippi Poplars, from his collection The Shape of Regret, which he shared with us for Martin Luther King Jr. Day earlier this year.


Geoffrey Woolf is the Dean of Humanities and Sciences at Cincinnati State and Technical College and a published poet. His newest collection is called Fontaine's Golden Wheel Fortune Teller and Dream Book, published by Dos Madres Press, and he joins our Barbara Gray for a conversation about these new poems.

A Poem From Sherry Cook Stanforth

Jul 10, 2020

Local poet Sherry Cook Stanforth recites her poem My Mother’s Dulcimer from her book, Drone String.

A Poem For Father's Day From Marcus Whalbring

Jun 19, 2020

On this Father’s Day, local poet Marcus Whalbring recites his poem “My Dad Called to Ask Why” from his collection, How to Draw Fire.


National Poetry Month: Barbara Gray speaks with local poet Don Bogen about his latest collection, Immediate Song.


National Poetry Month: Local physician and poet Brian Volck reads his poem Why Dogs are Better Than People from his collection Fresh Becomes Word.

National Poetry Month: A Roundtable With Local Poets

Apr 17, 2020

Celebrating National Poetry Month: Barbara Gray leads a roundtable conversation with three local poets who discuss how their diverse backgrounds provide inspiration and read some of their poems. Joining Barbara are Tyrone Williams, published poet, Professor of English at XU; Valerie Chronis Bickett, published poet, teacher of writing classes; and Luz Villeda, published poet.

National Poetry Month: Robert Murphy

Apr 10, 2020
Dos Madre Press

Celebrating National Poetry Month: a conversation and reading with poet and publisher of Dos Madre Press, Robert Murphy, about his new book, Among the Enigmas, with our Barbara Gray.

National Poetry Month: Roberta Schultz

Apr 10, 2020

Celebrating National Poetry Month: our contributor and poet Roberta Schultz recites Forbidden Fruit from her chapbook, Songs from the Shaper’s Harp.

National Poetry Month: Susan Glassmeyer

Apr 10, 2020

Celebrating National Poetry Month: Ohio’s 2018 Poet of the Year Susan Glassmeyer joins Barbara Gray for a conversation about her work as a therapist and her collection, Invisible Fish.

National Poetry Month: Linwood Rumney

Apr 10, 2020

Celebrating National Poetry Month: Our literary contributor Kelly Blewett speaks with Linwood Rumney about his life and his collection entitled Abandoned Earth.

National Poetry Month: Richard Hague

Apr 10, 2020

Celebrating National Poetry Month: Local poet Dick Hague reads The Beast of Beer from his book Beasts, River, Drunk Men, Garden, Burst and Light: Sequences and Long Poems.

National Poetry Month: Dr. Herbert Woodward Martin

Apr 10, 2020

Celebrating National Poetry Month: Acclaimed Paul Laurence Dunbar scholar and University of Dayton professor emeritus Dr. Herbert Woodward Martin joins our Barbara Gray to talk about Dunbar’s writings and recites a couple of his poems.

National Poetry Month: Jinny Powers Berten

Apr 10, 2020

Celebrating National Poetry Month: Local poet and president of Fountain Square Publishing, Jinny Powers Berten, joins us to read her poem, That Dog from her book, We Dance.

National Poetry Month: Manuel Iris

Apr 10, 2020

Celebrating National Poetry Month: Roberta Schultz welcomes 2018 Cincinnati Poet Laureate Manuel Iris to the studio for some readings of his poetry in addition to her review of his work.


Local poet Megan Mary Moore has received great acclaim for her first published collection, Dwellers. She spends a few minutes with our Barbara Gray to talk about this "love letter to a girlhood that is often overlooked: the girlhood that occurs in poor, rural America."


Book Review: Roberta Schultz reviews Pauletta Hansel's latest book of poems, Coal Town Photograph, and previews an upcoming musical/spoken word presentation of the book at the Newport Branch of the Campbell County Public Library.

A Poem From Lynn Robbins

Dec 6, 2019

Poet Lynn Robbins reads Hurry Up and Wait from her collection, When You Sit to Write.

A Poem For The Season From Kate Fadick

Nov 22, 2019

Kate Fadick shares her poem, Winter Storm.


Two local poets and favorites of Around Cincinnati, Sherry Stanforth and Dick Hague, have joined forces to produce a book that celebrates the Ohio River in words and images. Barbara Gray welcomes them back to our studio to discuss Riparian: Poetry, Short Prose, and Photographs Inspired by the Ohio River.

A Poem From Michael Henson

Nov 1, 2019

Local poet Michael Henson recites Come On Up from his book, The Dead Singing.

A Halloween Poem From Evelyn Fallone

Oct 25, 2019
Cincinnati Public Radio

Local poet Evelyn Fallone makes her first appearance on Around Cincinnati with her Halloween poem, Within.

A Mother's Day Poem From Pauletta Hansel

May 10, 2019

For Mother's Day: Former Cincinnati Poet Laureate Pauletta Hansel reads her poem When She Was Done from her book Coal Town Photograph.

Local poet Ellen Austin-Li is releasing her first chapbook of original poetry called Firefly

Celebrating National Poetry Month with Greenville, Ohio poet Myrna Stone. She's the author of five books of poetry including Luz Bones, which she reads in this conversation with Barbara Gray.

The final book of poems from the late local poet Aralee Strange, The Road Itself, will be celebrated at Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati on Friday, April 26. 

A Poem From Richard Hague

Mar 8, 2019

Local poet Richard Hague reads “The Beast of Beer” from his book, Beasts, River, Drunk Men, Garden, Burst and Light: Sequences and Long Poems.

Word of Mouth Cincinnati will celebrate the life and writings of the late local poet Aralee Strange at an event on November 27. 

Ohio Poet Of The Year Susan Glassmeyer

Oct 5, 2018

Local poet Susan Glassmeyer was recently named Ohio Poet of the Year by the Ohio Poetry Day Association