April is National Poetry Month and by mayoral proclamation (see below), April 2017 is Poetry Month in Cincinnati too! Throughout the month of April, Cincinnati Poet Laureate Pauletta Hansel is posting daily poems by Cincinnati authors on her blog, on the Poet Laureate Facebook page, and to your inbox, if you click the “Follow” button on this or any webpage on this site. You are also invited to join Cincinnati Poet Laureate Pauletta Hansel and poets Ellen Austin-Li, Andrew Boettcher, Vince Broerman, Vickie Cimprich, Leslie Clark, Rita Coleman John Cruze, Terry Focht, Richard Hague, Michael Henson, Desirae Hosley, Elese Monet, Preeti Parikh, Jerry Judge, Gwyneth Stewart, Kelly Thomas, and Richard Westheimer. from the Cincinnati Poetry Month Daily Project for:
Cincinnati Poetry Month Reading
Wednesday, April 26, 7 pm
1805 Elm Street, Over the Rhine
Poets will read within artist Phil Rowland’s installation, You Are Here, a transformation of People’s Liberty’s first floor space with hand drawn, dry erasable maps of Cincinnati and surrounding neighborhoods. People’s Liberty is a philanthropic lab that brings together civic-minded talent to address challenges and uncover opportunities to accelerate the positive transformation of Greater Cincinnati. Phil Rowland, one of this year’s “Globe Grantees” will be on hand to welcome readers and listeners, and to discuss his project.
The City of Cincinnati established the Poet Laureate position in April 2016 with Pauletta Hansel’s two-year term. With her mission of connecting people to poetry and through poetry, Pauletta has since conducted over two dozen events: workshops offered to children, teens, adults and seniors throughout Cincinnati and readings for and with Cincinnati’s vibrant community of poets, literary organizations and readers. Earlier this month, CityBeat named Pauletta Cincinnati’s Best Ambassador for Poetry in recognition of this work.