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Poetry in Columbus

 Written by    December 14, 2018

If you’re not an English major, this is probably really lame. You might as well click out of this post now.

It might be a bit random and not something many people think about (or care about, if I’m honest with myself), but Columbus has a great poetry scene. There are readings happening all the time around the city, and constant readings on campus as well from very popular poets and authors. Here’s where you can find the list of Β visiting writers on campus, and here are the student-faculty readings of talent right here at Ohio State, which, I’m proud to say, have featured three of my lecturers who are MFA students.

Around the city, not necessarily on campus, the range of poetry readings and events is even broader. From weekly open mic nights to poetry slams to readings with some of the biggest names in poetry, Columbus is one of the coolest places for a writer to be. I recently attended a reading held at the Pizzuti Collection, a small art museum in the Short North, which was a 10/10 location to hear some poetry.

Photo of the Puzzuti courtesy of Tim Perdue, Flickr.com

Even cooler was the fact that I got to hear the first poet I’ve ever followed and listened to, from her Ted Talk to her classic spoken word pieces: Sarah Kay. Seeing her perform in person, as well as getting to talk to her afterward and purchase her book, was just such a surreal experience. The whole event was arranged by her good friend, poet Hanif Abdurraqib, whose work I’ve also studied in my poetry class. The connections of writers around Columbus and around the country truly amazes me.

Me and the lovely Sarah Kay

It’s always exciting to know your passions are appreciated and widespread throughout your community. The poetry scene in Columbus is just one more thing that makes it clear I picked the right place to pursue writing. There’s a great network in this school and this city, and my interests are still all around me. And that’s pretty cool by itself.

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