Celebrating Ohio Poets
April is National Poetry Month
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Essays and sketches on noted Ohio poets, many from the Ohio Legacy Series, a series of essays featuring various contemporary Ohio authors and artists writing about how being from Ohio or how the work of other Ohio writers has influenced their own work.
Essay from Profiles of Ohio Women: 1803 – 2003 commissioned by the Ohio Bicentennial’s Women’s Advisory Council in collaboration with the Ohioana
Library Association. Poet Rita Dove was born in Akron, a graduate of Buchtel High School in Akron and Miami University in Oxford, Ohio.
Paul Lawrence Dunbar
"Reluctant Heir", an essay by Herbert Woodward Martin about poet Paul Laurence Dunbar, native of Dayton OH
Known as the "Poet Laureate of Harlem," James Langston Hughes is a graduate of Central High in Cleveland. This
biographical sketch is part of the Ohio Author Sketches series on selected Ohio authors as
originally published in the Ohioana Quarterly with material from the Ohioana Library collection.
"The River Down Home: James Wright and My Hillbilly Father", an essay by Maggie Anderson about poet James Wright, native of Martins Ferry OH.
"Unsentimental Education: Coming to Terms With Richard Howard", an essay by Jeremy Glazier about poet Richard Howard, Cincinnati OH native
"Attendance & Reverence: Being and Learning with Wayne Dodd", an essay by David Swerdlow about poet Wayne Dodd, professor at Ohio University.
"Landscapes Strange and Manifold as Morning: The Poetry of Mary Oliver", an essay by Terry Hermsen about poet Mary Oliver, native of Maple Heights OH.
"Riding Kenneth Patchen’s Long Train: An Appreciation", an essay by Larry Smith about author and poet Kenneth Patchen, native of Niles OH.