A New Year of Literary Events (Part 1)

Happy New Year to you, my Writer Friends. There are a number of literary events in January I want to share with you, plus ask you for ideas on Poetry Month activities I might support as Cincinnati’s Poet Laureate.

First the events:

I am thrilled to have been invited back to Tongue and Groove on Sunday, January 22, 5-8 pm at the Clifton House B&B. This quarterly Salon of music, literature, food and other arts is a gem of an event. I encourage you to check it out!


Clifton Salon #2 is Sunset Salons: Authors held the following Wednesday, January 25, at the Clifton Cultural Arts Center.  This Poet Laureate gig has brought me into some pretty interesting company. It will be fun talking about the writing life alongside journalists, novelists, a young adult writer—and even a politician!

Finally, I am always happy to go back to Thomas More College and work with my buddy Dick Hague. (Joined on Friday by our friends Mike Henson and Gerry Grubbs.)17aca_cwvp_dosmadres2

The Saturday, January 28 workshop should be a great time for writing in community with a mix of ages—TMC’s Honors Students will be joining us—hope you can come too! Rgistration info here.

And lastly in January—I’m aiming in 2017 to attend at least two literary events each month as audience/participant only. More if I can! In January, my two events are Chase Public’s The Star Spangled Banner: Chase Public Response Project XVIII on Thursday, January 19, 7 pm https://www.facebook.com/events/187472551724671/ and the Master Class with Poet Denise Duhamel on January 25, 2017; 4:00 p.m. at University of Cincinnati’s Elliston Poetry Room, 646 Langsam Library http://www.artsci.uc.edu/departments/creative_writing/visiting_writers_series.html Join me! (As always, these and other events are posted on the Poet Laureate Events Facebook Group page—with your help!)

Looking beyond January, the Thomas More College reading and workshop is part of a series offered by Dos Madres Press in celebration of its new anthology, Realms of the Mothers, supported with funding from the Ohio Arts Council and ArtsWave. I’m also attaching the complete line-up of events. Save the dates! And I do have one opening in my Practice of Poetry workshop (women only). https://paulettahansel.wordpress.com/programs/practice-of-poetry/. I believe that Memoir https://paulettahansel.wordpress.com/programs/practice-of-memoir/ is full, but let me know if you are interested as I am confirming the last spot now. And we’ll start promoting From Draft to Craft soon if you want to call dibs. https://paulettahansel.wordpress.com/programs/draft-to-craft/

Now for Poetry Month planning. I’m in the early stages of conversation with a couple of organizations, specifically The Hive in Northside and Cincinnati State Technical and Community College, about how I might support their programming. I know there are a number of other planned events—including the Public Library’s Poetry in the Garden Series. What else would you like to see happen—and how might we work together to, in the words of Jean Luc Picard, “Make it so”? And chime in on this as well: I’d like to post a poem by a Cincinnati area writer each day in April on the Poet Laureate Facebook page. These could be links to published poems or unpublished poems individual poets give permission to post. I would send out a call late February or March as to have enough to work with. What do you think? Please let me hear from you!


Pauletta Hansel (Cincinnati Poet Laureate)



Author: Pauletta Hansel

Pauletta Hansel is a poet, memorist, teacher and editor. She was Cincinnati's first Poet Laureate from April 2-16-March 2018. Pauletta is author of six poetry collections, Plaindrome (Dos Madres Press, 2017; winner of the 2017 Weatherford Award), Tangle (Dos Madres Press, 2015), The Lives We Live in Houses (Wind Publications, 2011), What I Did There (Dos Madres Press, 2011), First Person (Dos Madres Press, 2007) and Divining (WovenWord Press, 2002). Her poetry has been featured recently in journals including Talisman, Now & Then: The Appalachian Magazine, Appalachian Journal, Atlanta Review, Postcards Poems and Prose and Still: The Journal, and anthologized in Listen Here: Women Writing in Appalachia; Motif: Come What May; and Motif: All the Livelong Day. Pauletta leads community poetry workshops and retreats in the Greater Cincinnati area and beyond, and has served as Writer-in Residence at Thomas More College in her native Kentucky. She is a co-editor of Pine Mountain Sand & Gravel, the literary publication of Southern Appalachian Writers Cooperative. Pauletta received her MFA from Queens University of Charlotte.

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