Ohio Poetry News: OAC Presents Kathy Fagan, Paging Columbus, Big Big Mess

COLUMBUS – Thursday Dec. 6th, 5:30 p.m. – The Ohio Arts Council Presents: Kathy Fagan – Riffe Gallery (77 South High Street)

Kathy Fagan is the author of four collections of poetry, most recently Lip (2009), available on amazon and from Eastern Washington University Press. The Charm (Zoo, 2002) and the Vassar Miller Prize winner MOVING & ST RAGE (University of North Texas, 1999) are also available on amazon. Her first book, National Poetry Series selection, The Raft (Dutton, 1985), is hard to find. Fagan is the recipient of grants, awards, and fellowships from the NEA, the Ingram Merrill Foundation, the Frost Place, the Ohio Arts Council, and Ohioana Library.

COLUMBUS – Thursday, Dec. 6th, 6 p.m. – Paging Columbus: The Art of Correspondence (A Panel) – OSU Urban Arts Space (50 W. Town St)

Paging Columbus is proud to partner with the Gentle Readers Book Club, and host The Art of Correspondence (A Panel). Next Thursday, December 6, we’ll hear from three panelists who are closely connected to the worlds of correspondence and communication: Kaitlin Sockman (designer and owner of Ink & Ivory), Dr. Elizabeth Hewitt (professor at OSU, author of Correspondence and American Literature, 1770-1865), and Allison Lehman (designer and blogger, Be Up and Doing).

Panelists will discuss the beauty and value of correspondence, whether snail mail or email, postcard or blog post. As usual, Paging Columbus runs from 6-8 PM at OSU Urban Arts Space, with the panel kicking off by 6:30.


AKRON – Friday, Dec 7th, 7 p.m. – The Big Big Mess Reading Series – Annabell’s Bar & Lounge (784 W. Market St)

Feng Sun Chen’s first book is “Butcher’s Tree” from Black Ocean. She is also the author of chapbooks “Ugly Fish” from Radioactive Moat, “Arcane Carnal Knowledge” from Pangur Ban Party (and Night Vegetable Press), and “blud” from Spork Press. Recent poems do or will appear on her blog, in Conduit, Kill Author, Claudius App and other places. She is currently a graduate assistant and MFA student at the University of Minnesota, and sometimes blogs about potatoes and art for Montevidayo.com.

Carrie Lorig is in the MFA program at the University of Minnesota. She has been a bike messenger, a teacher in Asia, a house painter, and an invasive plant remover, among other things. Her favorite holes are in cups that coffee, form a poem in the desert, and appear often in the very center of records.

Russ Woods is a librarian living in Chicago. He edits Red Lightbulbs and Love Symbol Press. His first book, Wolf Doctors, is forthcoming from Artifice Books

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