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A collage of images from past Poetry Out Loud competitions. Photos show students reciting poetry on stage and Ohio Poet Laureate Dave Lucas speaking at a podium. Photos by Terry Gilliam.

Ohio State Fair Fine Arts Exhibition Hosts Inaugural Poetry Showcase Aug. 1

For the first time in its history, the Ohio State Fair Fine Arts Exhibition will host a day dedicated to poetry on Aug. 1.

The performance schedule includes recitations and readings by 2019 Ohio Poetry Out Loud (POL) State Champion Anna Kahle and other POL participants, Ohio Poetry Association poets, and Ohio Poet Laureate Dave Lucas.

Held in the Cox Fine Arts Center's rotunda from 1 to 7 p.m., the poetry showcase will feature an afternoon of poetry, during which guests are encouraged to come and go as they please.

A full schedule for the day follows:

Ohio Poetry Out Loud students

1 p.m. | Introduction of the Poetry Out Loud student performers by Ohio Arts Council Arts Learning and POL Coordinator Chiquita Mullins Lee

1:05 - 1:15 p.m. | Addison Horowitz, Columbus Torah Academy graduate and POL Columbus regional semifinalist

1:15 - 1:25 p.m. | Ihsanah Muhammad, senior at Whetstone High School and POL Columbus regional semifinalist

1:25 - 1:35 p.m. | Anna Kahle, senior at Lima Central Catholic High School and 2019 Ohio POL state champion

1:35 - 1:45 p.m. | Chiquita Mullins Lee, Ohio Arts Council Arts Learning and POL Coordinator

1: 45 - 2 p.m. | Short break

2 - 3 p.m. | Music/poetry performance by Robert Harvey

Ohio Poetry Association poets

3:30 p.m. | Fred Andrle

3:45 p.m. | Geoff Anderson

4 p.m. | John Burroughs

4:15 p.m. | Mark Jordan

4:30 p.m. | Pauletta Hansel

4:45 p.m. | Kerry Trautman

5 p.m. | Furaha Henry-Jones

5:15 p.m. | Barbara Fant

5:30 p.m. | Susann Moeller

5:45 p.m. | Cathy Essinger

6 p.m. | Karen Schubert

6:15 p.m. | Kari Gunter-Seymour

6:30 p.m. | Short break

7 p.m. | Dave Lucas, Ohio Poet Laureate

The Ohio State Fair Fine Arts Exhibition, considered the largest juried art show in Ohio, is open from July 24 through Aug. 3, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. On Aug. 4, the last day of the fair, the exhibition is open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. This year, the exhibition, which is on view at the Cox Fine Arts Center, features 357 works created by 249 professional and amateur artists. 

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Article by Amanda Etchison, Communications Strategist
Featured Photo: (from left) Playon Patrick of Fort Hayes Metropolitan High School, Addison Horowitz of Columbus Torah Academy, Anna Kahle of Lima Central Catholic High School, Ihsanah Muhammed of Whetstone High School, and Ohio Poet Laureate Dave Lucas.

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