Friday, September 23, 2016

Ohio Poetry Day Poet of the Year selection

Ohio Poet of the Year Maggie Smith

The Ohio Poetry Day Association has selected Maggie Smith as the Ohio Poet of the Year for her book The Well Speaks of Its Own Poison.

Smith says her book “...was largely inspired by fairy tales and folklore, but it blends those influences with my Ohio roots.
“Many of the poems are set in or reference places that are important to me, including my childhood home in Westerville, Alum Creek, and Schiller Park in German Village."

In a blog post, the Ohio Poetry Association explains how the Ohio Poet of the Year is selected.

Cover of The Well Speaks of its Own Poison

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