Anthology of poetry focuses on Appalachian Ohio

Anthology of poetry focuses on Appalachian Ohio

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The Foundation for Appalachian Ohio announced the publication of “I Thought I Heard A Cardinal Sing: Ohio’s Appalachian Voices,” a collection of poetry focused specifically on the cultural experiences of poets located in or connected to Appalachian Ohio.

A graphic artist and poet, Kari Gunter-Seymour designed the anthology, recruited and edited the collection.

It is a mix of voices but all with a connection to Appalachian Ohio. Gunter-Seymour currently is serving a second term as Ohio’s laureate.

Publication of the anthology was made possible by the Academy of American Poets with funds from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. With additional funding provided by FAO, a copy of the anthology will be supplied to all public libraries throughout Ohio and to all Appalachian Ohio middle and high schools, allowing access for Ohioans of all ages to read the poems and experience examples of Appalachian Ohio heritage and culture.

“We are thrilled to have Kari Gunter-Seymour serving as a fellow of our arts and culture pillar of prosperity and to support this wonderful anthology highlighting what it means to be a child of Appalachia,” said Cara Dingus Brook, FAO president and CEO. “We believe this unique collection will encourage our region’s students and educators to tell their own rich stories.”

“People often forget and many do not even know that nearly one quarter of the state of Ohio rests inside Appalachia proper,” Gunter-Seymour said, “and pockets of Appalachian families who out-migrated generations ago prominently exist throughout the state, still firmly attached to their Appalachian roots. This collection is an intimate look at landscape and family from within Central Appalachia, delving far deeper than mainstream journalism.”

Ten Meet the Poets reading events are scheduled throughout the state over the next several months, beginning with the anthology’s launch on Wednesday, March 16 at 6:30 p.m. at the historic Mercantile Library in Cincinnati, sponsored by the Urban Appalachian Community Coalition.

Additional readings will be held in Westerville, Ironton, Marietta, Youngstown, Akron, Athens, Toledo, South Euclid and Coshocton.

These readings will provide opportunities for contributors to meet each other and connect with Ohio communities across the entire state. Event information is available at

Copies of the anthology can be purchased directly from the publisher, Sheila-Na-Gig Editions, at Discount pricing is available for schools and nonprofits.

To learn more about the Foundation for Appalachian Ohio and opportunities to give, grow and create with FAO, visit, email or call 740-753-1111.

To learn more about Gunter-Seymour and “I Thought I Heard A Cardinal Sing: Ohio’s Appalachian Voices,” visit

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