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Poetry Contest

Since 1984, The Poetry Forum at Larry's has presented the best Columbus and regional poets in featured readings followed by open mike readings from the first Monday in October through mid-May. In the open readings, audience members may present their own work or that of other poets,  2 poems or five minutes (whichever is shorter). 

Eight local poets work together to recommend readers, schedule and promote the series, and work with other literary and arts groups to make poetry  a vibrant part of central Ohio's cultural life.  From performance and street poets to widely published academics to poetry ensembles, The Poetry Forum offers an eclectic range of wordsmiths and a receptive audience for anyone who wants to pass the word. 

Photo from Columbus Dispatch, April 4, 1997. 

Since 1985, the Ohio Arts Council has provided matching grant funds to support donations collected at each reading. Donations to the weekly passing of the hat give donors a chance at the Forum's book raffle. A book of poetry is provided each week by Half Price Books.    --Steve Abbott

For more information, come by Larry's on Monday nights or contact  Steve Abbott at 614-268-5006.


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Poetry Contest


&   Winter 2005   &

Schedule of Featured Readers

Monday 7:00 - 9:00 pm


Jan 03

John M. Bennett

Jan 10

Matt Trease

Jan 17

Maggie J. Smith

Jan 24

Helyn Dell

Jan 31

Mikel Romine

Feb 07


Feb 14

Jeanne Desy

Feb 21

Erica DeWeese

Feb 28

Jeff Jarosch
Mar 01 TBA
  Poetry Forum annual fundraiser!
~  An Open reading follows the scheduled reader.  Sign up at 7pm  ~    

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Poetry Contest


The Redding Memorial Contest is open to any resident of Franklin or any
adjoining county. Submit up to 3 poems, limit 40 lines per poem, on
separate pages. Name address, and phone number should appear on the BACK ONLY on each submission. Deadline is Feb. 28. Mail entries to
Redding Competition, Box 784, Worthington OH 43085.

Winner will receive $100 and a featured reading at The Poetry Forum at
Larry's on the first Monday in May 2001. Second prize is $100 in services or products (MANY poetry chapbooks available) from Pudding House Writers' Resource Center in Johnstown. Third prize is $25 gift certificate from Half Price Books.

More information @ 614.268.5006.



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