DeWine names Gunter-Seymour Poet Laureate of Ohio


COLUMBUS – Ohio Governor Mike DeWine has reappointed Kari Gunter-Seymour of Albany, Ohio as the state’s poet laureate.

Gunter-Seymour’s second term begins on Saturday.

“During her tenure as Poet Laureate, Kari Gunter-Seymour offered insight and advice to literary artists in Ohio,” DeWine said. “Fran and I look forward to seeing her work continue as she embarks on another term of connecting through poetry with communities across Ohio.”

Gunter-Seymour will continue to use his time as a Poet Laureate to develop a greater appreciation for poetry and to serve as a mentor to poets and writers in Ohio.

She also plans to continue offering workshops for incarcerated and recovering individuals.

Third-generation Athens County Gunter-Seymour holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Graphic Design) and Masters of Fine Arts (Commercial Photography) from Ohio University.

She is the Founder / Executive Director of the Women of Appalachia Project and a retired lecturer at the EW Scripps School of Journalism at Ohio University.

Prior to joining the faculty, Gunter-Seymour worked for Ohio University’s advancement communications and marketing office, the Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine, and served on the Provost’s Women’s Commission.

His poems have appeared in numerous journals and have appeared in the NY Times, Verse Daily, World Literature Today, and Poem-a-Day. His works of art and photography have appeared in The Sun Magazine, Light Journal, Looking at Appalachia and Appalachian Heritage Magazine.


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