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Kari Gunter-Seymour

Poet Laureate of Ohio, 2020-2021

Kari Gunter-Seymour was born in Warren, and raised in Athens County, Ohio. She received an MA in Commercial Photography and BFA in Graphic Design from Ohio University. She is the author of A Place So Deep Inside America It Can’t Be Seen (Sheila-Na-Gig Editions), which was the winner of the 2020 Ohio Poet of the Year Award and long-listed for the 2020 Julie Suk Award; and Serving (Crisis Chronicles Press), runner up Yellow Chair Review Chapbook Contest. Her work was selected by former U. S. Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey to be included in the PBS American Portrait crowdsourced poem, Remix: For My People. Gunter-Seymour has provided poetry workshops to incarcerated teens and adults and women in recovery, as well as teaching an ongoing series of virtual monthly generative writing workshops. She is the founder and host of the popular seasonal performance series “Spoken & Heard.” A ninth generation Appalachian, she is the founder/executive director of the Women of Appalachia Project™ and editor of the WOAP anthology series, Women Speak, volumes one through six. She was named the Poet Laureate of Ohio in 2020. In 2021, Gunter-Seymour received an Academy of American Poets Laureate Fellowship.

Kari Gunter-Seymour
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Poet Laureate of Ohio

Poet Laureate of Ohio

In 2021, Kari Gunter-Seymour was named an Academy of American Poets Laureate Fellow.