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A headshot of Ohio Poet Laureate Kari Gunter-Seymour

Kari Gunter-Seymour Reappointed as Ohio Poet Laureate by Governor Mike DeWine

Kari Gunter-Seymour of Albany was reappointed by Ohio Governor Mike DeWine to a second term as Ohio Poet Laureate on Dec. 28, 2021. Her new term began Jan. 1, 2022.

As part of her first term as laureate, Gunter-Seymour made nearly 150 engagements, both virtually and in-person across Ohio, to share the art of poetry with a variety of audiences—from school-aged children, to individuals who are incarcerated or in recovery.

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“From day one of her laureateship, Kari Gunter-Seymour proactively sought opportunities to present virtual programming and engage with children, teens, seniors, as well as Ohioans challenged by various disabilities – all while the world was under siege by a pandemic,” said OAC Executive Director Donna S. Collins. “Through her reappointment, we are delighted to further and deepen our work with Kari to use poetry as a means of healing.”

For more information on Gunter-Seymour, please see the media release provided by Gov. DeWine’s office.

The Ohio Poet Laureate has the opportunity to foster the art of poetry, encourage literacy and learning, address central issues relating to the humanities and heritage, and encourage the reading and writing of poetry across the state.

Throughout a term, the Ohio Poet Laureate undertakes a significant cultural project, such as bringing poetry to people or to a region of the state that might otherwise be underserved in this regard. The Ohio Poet Laureate engages a variety of constituencies, enriching the lives of residents by sharing and promoting poetry through public appearances, readings, workshops, and digital and social media.

The Ohio Arts Council is a state agency that funds and supports quality arts experiences to strengthen Ohio communities culturally, educationally, and economically. Connect with the OAC on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, or visit our website at


Article by Justin Nigro, Operations & Public Affairs Director

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