Poetry in our courtyard featuring James J. Siegel, Myrna Stone, Ruth Awad, and Hannah Stephenson
James J. Siegel is a San Francisco-based poet and literary arts organizer. He is originally from Toledo, Ohio, which has inspired and fueled much of his poetic work. He was a scholarship recipient to the Antioch Writers’ Workshop in Yellow Springs, Ohio, and his poems have been featured in a number of journals including The Cortland Review, Borderlands: Texas Poetry Review, Assaracus, The Fourth River, and more. He was also featured in the anthology, Divining Divas: 100 Gay Men On Their Muses.
Myrna Stone iis the author of five books of poetry, including In the Present Tense: Portraits of My Father which was a finalist for the 2014 Ohioana Book Award in Poetry, and The Casanova Chronicles which was a finalist for the 2011 Ohioana Book Award in Poetry. Her poems have been published in such journals as Poetry, The Massachusetts Review, The Southwest Review, Boulevard, New Orleans Review, Quarterly West, Nimrod, and River Styx, and in nine anthologies. She has received two Ohio Arts Council Grants, and the 2001 Ohio Poet of the Year Award. A founding member of The Greenville Poets, she lives in Greenville, Ohio, with her husband in an 18th century house they moved from Rhode Island.
Ruth Awad has an MFA in Poetry from Southern Illinois University Carbondale, and her work has appeared or is forthcoming in The New Republic, The Missouri Review, Crab Orchard Review, CALYX, Diode, Southern Indiana Review, Rattle, Anti-, Vinyl Poetry, Epiphany, The Drunken Boat, and in the anthologies The Hundred Years' War: Modern War Poems (Bloodaxe Books, 2014), New Poetry from the Midwest 2014 (New American Press, 2015), and Poets on Growth (Math Paper Press, 2015). She won the 2013 and 2012 Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Prize, the 2011 Copper Nickel Poetry Contest, and she was a finalist for the 2013 Ruth Lily Fellowship. She loves animals, but none more than her two Pomeranians.
Hannah Stephenson is a poet, editor, and instructor living in Columbus, Ohio. Her poems have appeared recently in Huffington Post, Contrary, MAYDAY, qarrtsiluni, and The Nervous Breakdown; her full-length collection, In the Kettle, the Shriek, is forthcoming from Gold Wake Press (October 2013). She is the founder of Paging Columbus, a literary arts monthly event series which features readings by poets at The Ohio State University Urban Arts Space. To read more of Hannah s work, you can visit her daily poetry site, The Storialist.