• Ohio’s new poet laureate talks about her method, past, people
    Kari Gunter-Seymour is the State of Ohio’s third poet laureate. She is serving an 18-month term.

Ohio’s new poet laureate talks about her method, past, people

When Kari Gunter-Seymour received word in June that she’d been chosen to be the State of Ohio’s new poet laureate, she knew what she wanted to do: help people recovering from addiction.

“Poetry has the ability to heal us even if we don’t know we’re broken,” the Appalachian poet said.

Raised in southeastern Ohio near the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, Ms. Gunter-Seymour herself was introduced to the genre as therapy when, during her 40s, she was going through trauma.

 

 

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