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James Wright Poetry Festival

The James Wright Poetry Festival is held annually in early spring. Major poets meet poetry enthusiasts in Martins Ferry Ohio, Wright's home town, to read, hear and talk about poetry and the work of James Wright.

The James Wright Poetry Festival is the most important literary event in the Ohio Valley. To celebrate the achievement of this writer, who has placed the Ohio Valley in the same category as Hawthorne's Salem and Faulkner's Yoknapatawpha County, each year the festival invites well known and promising poets to take part in readings and workshops.

The list of past participants includes numerous and divers Pulitzer Prize winning authors such as Stanley Kunitz, Galway Kinnell, Carolyn Kizer, Mary Oliver, and Yusef Komunyakaa.. The audience plays an important part in the festival, suggesting readers, collaborating in workshops, and presenting their poems.

Information about James Wright and the Festival includes the following:

The 22ndAnnual James Wright Poetry Festival, April 19 & 20, 2003

James Wright Biography

A Concordance of "Above the River" -- The Complete Poems of James Wright

Poets at Past Festivals (chronologically) (alphabetically)

Printable Registration Form


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Sponsors: Ohio Arts Council, Eastern Ohio Arts Council, Martins Ferry Public Library, Ohio University.

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Martins Ferry Public Library
20 James Wright Place - PO Box 130
Martins Ferry, Ohio 43935
Phone: 740-633-0314
Fax: 740-633-0935
Yvonne Myers, Director