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Ohio Arts Council Executive Director Donna S. Collins and OFP Productions' Nate Leone at The Gratitude Project in Dayton on Aug. 16.

‘Tis the Season – And It’s Not Christmas!

As fall descends on us, ‘tis the season to spread our love of the arts and the economic, educational, and cultural significance that makes Ohio a smART place to live, work, and play! In this Executive Message, Donna S. Collins offers a sampling of the amazing creativity abounding here in the Buckeye State.
Poetry for People Who Hate Poetry, a column by Ohio Poet Laureate Dave Lucas

Poetry for People Who Hate Poetry: Column 12

Forget the Pulitzers. Forget the MacArthur “Genius” grant, The New Yorker, and all the other laurels too. In this column, Ohio Poet Laureate Dave Lucas discusses the oral tradition of poetry and how the greatest honor for a poet—and for a poem—is to be known by heart, memorized and recited.
A collage of images from past Poetry Out Loud competitions. Photos show students reciting poetry on stage and Ohio Poet Laureate Dave Lucas speaking at a podium. Photos by Terry Gilliam.

Ohio State Fair Fine Arts Exhibition Hosts Inaugural Poetry Showcase Aug. 1

For the first time in its history, the Ohio State Fair Fine Arts Exhibition will host a day dedicated to poetry on Aug. 1. The performance schedule includes recitations and readings by 2019 Ohio Poetry Out Loud State Champion Anna Kahle and other POL participants, Ohio Poetry Association poets, and Ohio Poet Laureate Dave Lucas.

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