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
22ndAnnual James Wright Poetry Festival, April 19
& 20, 2003
Concordance of "Above the River" -- The
Complete Poems of James Wright
Poets at Past Festivals (chronologically)
Send us e-mail at: JWright_Fest@skynet.eastern.ohiou.edu
Sponsors: Ohio Arts Council, Eastern Ohio Arts
Council, Martins Ferry Public Library, Ohio University.