Your Poet Laureate’s Guide to Poetry Month in Cincinnati

Here we are at last: Poetry Month Eve! I am thrilled at the response to my call for poems for the Cincinnati Poetry Month Daily Project. Beginning tomorrow and every day in April I will post a poem or more by Cincinnati area poets. I’ll send these out via my blog and repost each day on the Cincinnati Poet Laureate Facebook Page and in the Poet Laureate of Cincinnati Events Group (which is also on Facebook).I encourage you to “Follow” my blog by clicking the “Follow” button on my website so that you will receive the poems in your email inbox as they are posted. (You will also be able to find each day’s offering in the blog section.) I do hope you will share!

You are also invited to come hear a selection of these poems (and some of my own) at a Cincinnati Poetry Month Reading, Wednesday, April 26, 7 pm at People’ Liberty, 1805 Elm Street, near Findlay Market.

You can never have too much poetry! There is a wealth of poetry activities around the region this month and in our honor on Wednesday, April 5 at 2 pm  Cincinnati City Council will proclaim April as Poetry Month in Cincinnati at its Council meeting I’ll read the new composite poem “Our Words: Cincinnati, April 2017” composed with lines by more than twenty Cincinnati poets.  I can’t find in the Oxford Dictionary website what you might call a group of poets: a pack? an observance? a shrewdness? a pod? I’ll just say that a passel of poets in attendance will be yet another way to show the City that Poetry Matters. (And might I just take a moment to thank CityBeat for acknowledging Poetry in the Cincinnati as well!)

As always I urge you to find and post all literary events, Poetry Month or otherwise, on the Poet Laureate of Cincinnati Facebook Events Page. Go there for a listing of the wide array of events and venues. Here’s what I’m up to:

 Tuesday, April 4, 7 pm, Cincinnati Public Main Library, Popular Library Lounge: I’ll help kick-off their annual Poetry in the Garden Series by reading the afore-mentioned “Our Words: Cincinnati, April 2017.” (This event happens each Tuesday in April and cosponsored this year by Chase Public (recently honored in CityBeat’s Best Of issue) and the Greater Cincinnati Writers League. The format is always featured readers followed by an Open Mic; if you are on Facebook, more information is here. Otherwise, check the Library’s weekly calendar.)

Wednesday, April 5, noon, Cincinnati State Technical and Community College ATLC Auditorium (ATLC 211): Desirae Hosley and I will read at the first of the college’s Poetry Month Reading Series along with winners of the college’s first annual poetry contest, which I had the honor of judging. Info about their weekly line-up (Wednesdays at noon) can be found on Facebook by following Poetry Month at Cincinnati State .

Wednesday, April 5, 2 pm, City Hall: Council proclaims April as Poetry Month in Cincinnati!

Thursday, April 6, 7-9 pm, Lydia’s on Ludlow, 329 Ludlow Ave: A reading from Palindrome:  Poems of My Mother by Poet Laureate Pauletta Hansel, (An Urban Appalachian Community Coalition First Thursday Literary Salon) A discussion of poetry as a tool for both documenting what was and understanding what is will follow the reading.

Sunday, April 16, 7 pm: WVXU’s Around Cincinnati: This one you don’t have to leave your house for! Listen in as I read a few poems and talk with Barbara Gray about poetry.

Monday, April 17, 2 pm, City Hall: I’ll provide a Cincinnati Poet Laureate “Annual Report” to the Neighborhoods Committee. All are invited!

Wednesday, April 19, 7 pm, Joseph Beth/Crestview Hills, Kentucky: Come across the river for a reading from my From Draft to Craft Poetry Class, an intergenerational class at Thomas More College.

Sunday, April 23, 7 pm: WVXU’s Around Cincinnati: A reading of “Our Words: Cincinnati, April 2017.”

Wednesday, April 26, 7 pm, People’s Liberty, 1805 Elm Street: Cincinnati Poetry Month Reading, Join us for a celebration of Poetry Month, Cincinnati-style, featuring poets included in the Cincinnati Poetry Month Daily Project.

Saturday, April 29, 10 am-12:30 pm, The Hive (Northside): Poetry As Witness; Poetry For Change  with Poet Laureate Pauletta Hansel. I offer this workshop as part of The Hive’s Contemplation In Action Series. Registration is required.

Saturday, April 29 3-4 pm, Cincinnati Public Main Library, Popular Library Lounge: The Public Library will conclude its Poetry Month celebration with a reading from The Realms of the Mothers: The First Decade of Dos Madres Press by Dos Madres editor Robert Murphy, Richard Hague, Karen George, Pauletta Hansel and other Dos Madres poets. (Check out CityBeat’s shout out to Dos Madres Press!

Let the wild rumpus start!


Pauletta Hansel, Cincinnati Poet Laureate


Author: Pauletta Hansel

Pauletta Hansel is a poet, memorist, teacher and editor. On April 15, 2016 she was named Cincinnati's first Poet Laureate. Pauletta is author of five poetry collections, 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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