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Area Poets to Perform at 2012 Columbus Arts Festival

May 23, 2012

Contact: Jami Goldstein
(614) 221-8492

Columbus, Ohio – Eighteen local poets who were chosen through an audition process will read their original work at the Columbus Arts Festival presented by Time Warner Cable, June 1, 2, and 3 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, Rose Smith (2nd runner-up), Alexis Mitchell (1st runner-up) and Joanna Schroeder (contest winner), were chosen based on scores at an April audition and will be this year’s featured readers on Saturday evening starting at 5:55 p.m.

Back again this year is the 8th Annual Columbus Arts Festival Poetry Slam, to take place on Saturday evening, June 2 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 TRANSIT ARTS, Ohio’s Poetry Out Loud school champions and young docents from the Thurber HouseOlympic Theatre ProductionsWild Goose Creative and Shots in the Dark Independent Theatre Company are also on the schedule, as well as Secrets of Oshun—a local women’s collective of performance poets.

“The poetry scene has changed a lot since the first year we’ve done the slam at the festival,” said Scott Woods, who heads up the Writer’s Block poetry forum and serves on the Festival Poetry Committee. “I’m looking to do something a little different with it this year, make it more fun and visual…even MORE performance based!”

The Columbus Arts Festival is consistently rated as one of the best in the country, featuring 230 fine artists and craftspeople as well as performance artists, poets and musicians from across the country.

Festival Hours: Friday, June 1 and Saturday, June 2 from 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday, June 3 from 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.

To volunteer for these and other activities at the Columbus Arts Festival, please go towww.columbusartsfestival.org/get-involved/volunteer.php.

For more information on the Columbus Arts Festival, call (614) 221-8531 or visitwww.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 2012 Columbus Arts Festival is presented by Time Warner Cable. Additional sponsors to date are American Electric Power, Annie’s Fund for the Creative Arts, BP, Clear Channel Outdoor, Coca-Cola, Dine Originals, Glazer’s, Heineken, Jeni’s Ice Cream, Jose Cuervo, Live! Technologies, Nationwide Children’s Hospital, Orange Barrel Media, OSU Urban Arts Space and The Westin. Media sponsors include AliveOhio Magazine, WBNS 10TV, WOSU, CD102.5, WCBE 90.5FM, WMNI/Classic Hits 103.9 FM.

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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