National Poetry Month: National Poetry Month 2022: Kari Gunter Seymour & Ruth Awad

National Poetry Month April 2022

The Columbus State Library's 7th Annual National Poetry Month Celebration took place in April 2022. The Poet Laureate of Ohio, Kari-Gunter Seymour, provided a reading and author talk, and local poet Ruth Awad conducted a poetry workshop for students. Both events were free to the CSCC community, and the poetry workshop included raffle prizes for students. See CougarConnect for more detail:

  • Kari Gunter Seymour, Ohio Poet laureate, reading and author talk at noon on April 6, in partnership with the Columbus Metropolitan Library.
    Recording no longer available
  • Ruth Awad virtual poetry workshop, with Professor Steve Kaczmarek moderating, at noon on April 28. Limited to CSCC students, faculty, and staff.
    Watch the recording on YouTube

Kari Gunter-Seymour

Kari Gunter-Seymour was born and raised in Ohio. She has an MA and a BFA from Ohio University. Her work has been published in The New York Times, Rattle, Vox Populi, and other publications. She is the author of Serving (2018, 2020) and A Place So Deep Inside America It Can’t Be Seen (2020). She currently serves as the Poet Laureate of Ohio. Learn more at

Ruth Awad



Ruth Awad is a Lebanese-American poet who lives and writes in Columbus, Ohio. She is the author of Set to Music a Wildfire (2017) for which she won the 2016 Michael Waters Poetry Prize from Southern Indiana Review Press. Her work has been published in Poetry, The Believer, The New Republic, and other publications. She has an MFA in poetry from Southern Illinois University Carbondale. Learn more at

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