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On October 24, our community’s most dynamic Appalachian musicians, singers, storytellers, poets, spoken word artists, and dancers will present The Express Urban Appalachian Showcase at the Aronoff Center for the Arts. Sherry Stanforth joins Barbara Gray to describe the evening.

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Elementz and the Taft Museum of Art celebrate the closing of the 33rd annual Duncanson Artist-in-Residence on October 17 with THRIVE: Forward, an artistic evening exploring themes of life, loss and transformation through film, spoken word, and music. Artists in attendance are Jamie-Lee Morris, Aziza Love and Ya’Ke Smith. Andy Ellis learns more from Alex Stallings, THRIVE Concert series producer, and Jamie-Lee Morris, Elementz poet.

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Award-winning poet Brian Brodeur, a professor at Richmond, Indiana's Indiana University East, has published his latest collection called Every Hour is Late. He talks about the thematic elements of these works and shares one of his poems in a conversation with Kelly Blewett.

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For Father's Day, Cincinnati's former Poet Laureate, Pauletta Hansel, reads two of the poems from her latest collection, Coal Town Photograph.

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The Louder Than a Bomb poetry slam, started in Chicago in 2001, was created to give young people a forum to speak out and to be heard. 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 Lynn Robbins

Mar 22, 2019

A poetry reading from Lynn Robbins: It's About Time from her book, When You Sit To Write.

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.

A Poem For Valentine's Day

Feb 8, 2019

For Valentine's Day, a poetry reading from Jean Syed.

Honoring Martin Luther King Day:

A reading from the late Dr. Maya Angelou of her poem "It's Sacred: Church." Our last interview with Dr. Angelou was about her book His Day Is Done: A Nelson Mandela Tribute from 2014.

A Poem From Pauletta Hansel

Dec 14, 2018

Former Cincinnati Poet Laureate Pauletta Hansel joins us to share her poem Waking Before Light from her collection Divining.

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

A Poem For Halloween

Oct 26, 2018

For Halloween fun, the poem The Cremation of Sam McGee, read by Michael Blankenship.

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

Sarah Rose Nordgren reads her poem Love Poem from her book, Best Bones.

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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