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Poetry for People who Hate Poetry with Ohio Poet Laureate Dave Lucas

October 28 / 9:30 am to 10:30 am

Join us in partnership with Arts Alive! at Clark State's Leffel Lane location in LRC 207/209 for this event.

Free and open to Clark State students, faculty, and staff and the public!

Ohio’s Poet Laureate and author of Weather: Poems (the VQR Poetry Series), Dave Lucas, says, “I don’t want to convince you that you should love poetry. I want to convince you that you already do.”

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More information on Dave Lucas:

Lucas was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio. He earned his B.A. at John Carroll University, M.F.A. in Creative Writing at the University of Virginia, and M.A. and Ph.D. in English Language and Literature at the University of Michigan.

Lucas’s first poetry collection, Weather, was published in 2011 by University of Georgia Press and was awarded the 2012 Ohioana Book Award for Poetry. Shortly after publication, former U.S. Poet Laureate Rita Dove named him as one of thirteen “young poets to watch.”

His poetry has been anthologized in The Bedford Introduction to Literature and Best New Poets 2005; and has appeared in such journals as The American Poetry Review, Blackbird, The Paris Review, Poetry, Slate, The Threepenny Review and Virginia Quarterly Review. He has reviewed books for The Plain Dealer and his essays have appeared in Granta and Virginia Quarterly Review, among other publications.

Lucas has taught at Case Western Reserve University, the Cleveland Clinic's Program in Medical Humanities, the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine, the John Carroll Young Writers Workshop, and the Sweet Briar Creative Writing Conference.

In January 2018, then Ohio Governor John Kasich named Lucas the state’s second poet laureate, succeeding Amit Majmudar. Lucas was recommended for the two-year position after a statewide nominating process by the Ohio Poet Laureate Selection Committee.

"Arts Alive is thrilled to have Dave Lucas, Ohio poet laureate, bringing his 'poetry for the people' approach to Springfield,” said Amy Korpieski, Arts Alive coordinator.

Arts Alive is Springfield's local team of the Kennedy Center's Partners in Education program, providing arts integration training for educators. This season, poetry is part of the tool kit as Arts Alive supports teachers in adding the arts to their trauma informed care classroom practices. This year's theme is: Our Stories Make us Strong.

Arts Alive is a partnership between the Clark State Performing Arts Center, Springfield City School District, Springfield Arts Council, Springfield Museum of Art, and Wittenberg University.