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Area Poets to Perform at the 2013 Columbus Arts Festival

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 22, 2013

Contact: Jami Goldstein
jgoldstein@gcac.org
(614) 221-8492

Columbus, Ohio – Twenty-nine local poets/authors who were chosen through an audition process will read their original work at the Columbus Arts Festival presented by Time Warner Cable, June 7, 8, and 9 at the Downtown Riverfront.

The poets will perform their work at the Ohio Magazine Word is Art Stage, which provides an intimate “coffeehouse” atmosphere dedicated to poetry performance. Three poets, Meg Freado (2nd runner-up), James Aaron Tecumseh Sinclair
(1st runner-up) and Izetta Thomas (contest winner), were chosen based on scores at a March audition and will be this year’s featured readers on Saturday evening starting at 6:30 p.m.

Back again this year is the 9th Annual Columbus Arts Festival Poetry Slam, to take place on Saturday evening, June 8 at 8 p.m.  The Poetry Slam, organized by Writer’s Block poetry forum, is an interactive presentation:  a roster of 10 poets will perform and be judged, all in good fun, by audience members.  Also on the schedule for the weekend are poets and performers from Flip the Page, Ohio State University Poets and young docents from the Thurber House.  Paging Columbus, Wild Goose Creative and The Storytellers of Central Ohio are also on the schedule, as well as Secrets of Oshun—a local women’s collective of performance poets.

“This is my first year heading up the Word is Art Committee and I have been honored to curate a schedule of diverse writers and performing poets of all ages,” said committee chair, Ed Plunkett.  “I think the crowds that attend the Arts Festival will be hard pressed to head anywhere else in the festival once they witness the talent that will be on the stage this year. The more I look at the schedule, the more excited I am. I’m bringing a chair!”

The Columbus Arts Festival is consistently rated as one of the best in the country, featuring 270 fine artists and craftspeople as well as performance artists, poets and musicians from across the country.

Festival Hours:  Friday, June 7 and Saturday, June 8 from 11:00 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. and Sunday, June 9 from 11:00 a.m. to 5 p.m.

To volunteer at the Columbus Arts Festival, please go to www.columbusartsfestival.org/get-involved/volunteer.php.

For more information on the Columbus Arts Festival, call (614) 221-8531 or visit www.ColumbusArtsFestival.org for a complete list of artists, entertainers, stage schedules, interactive arts activities and more. The Columbus Arts Festival is produced by the Greater Columbus Arts Council.

Festival Hours:  Friday, June 7 and Saturday, June 8 from 11:00 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. and Sunday, June 9 from 11:00 a.m. to 5 p.m.

To volunteer at the Columbus Arts Festival, please go to www.columbusartsfestival.org/get-involved/volunteer.php.

For more information on the Columbus Arts Festival, call (614) 221-8531 or visit www.ColumbusArtsFestival.org for a complete list of artists, entertainers, stage schedules, interactive arts activities and more. The Columbus Arts Festival is produced by the Greater Columbus Arts Council.

The 2013 Columbus Arts Festival is presented by Time Warner Cable. Additional sponsors to date are Adept Marketing, American Electric Power Foundation, Bic, Blue Moon, Clear Channel, Coca-Cola, Dine Originals, FlyColumbus.com, Glazer’s, Hollywood Casino, Huntington, Jeni’s Ice Cream, La-Z-Boy, Live! Technologies, Orange Barrel Media, Sugardaddy’s and The Westin Columbus. Media sponsors include Alive, Ohio Magazine, WBNS 10TV, WOSU Public Media, CD102.5, WCBE 90.5, Mix 107.9 & Rewind 103.5/104.3.

About the Greater Columbus Arts Council: Through vision and leadership, advocacy and collaboration, the Greater Columbus Arts Council supports art and advances the culture of the region. A catalyst for excellence and innovation, we fund exemplary artists and arts organizations and provide programs, events and services of public value that educate and engage all audiences in our community. GCAC thanks the City of Columbus, Franklin County and the Ohio Arts Council for their continued support.

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