Springfield, Ohio – April is National Poetry Month, and poets and poetry-lovers in the Miami Valley have the opportunity to celebrate with Wittenberg University Professor Emeritus of English, and host of WYSO Radio’s “Conrad’s Corner,” Conrad Balliet. Balliet and several local poets will gather at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 24, in the Main Library Auditorium, of the Dayton Metro Library, 215 E. Third St. The program is free and open to the public.
Balliet retired from the classroom in 1992, after teaching courses at Wittenberg on Victorian literature and Irish writers Yeats and Joyce. He has shared his love of poets and poetry for the last 17 years on National Public Radio station WYSO 91.3-FM, based in Yellow Springs, Ohio.
During the program, Balliet will talk about his radio show and poetry – what makes good poetry. Local poets Ed Davis, Marian Schwilke-Thomas, Rita Coleman, David Peterman, Cathy Essinger, Robert Brimm, David Garrison, Julie Moore, Herb Martin and Myrna Stone are scheduled to share their poetry, and audience members will also be afforded time to read some of their original work.
A sign-up sheet will be available at the event for those audience members who want to read poetry. For more information, call the Dayton Metro Library at (937) 463-2665.