Kari Gunter Seymour | Ohio Poet Laureate
Kari Gunter-Seymour, Poet Laureate of Ohio, will speak virtually from the Wellness Center in Drackett Hall at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, June 9 and Friday, June 10 at 10:30 a.m.
In a time of inflated posturing and relentless self-promotion, Gunter-Seymour’s poems offer a refuge. A ninth-generation Appalachian, her work is unapologetically connected to her home soil and examines the long-lasting effects of stereotypes and false narratives surrounding the Appalachians. More than merely commenting, her work dares to search for meaning.
Gunter-Seymour’s current collection, A Place So Deep Inside America It Can’t Be Seen, is the winner of the 2020 Ohio Poet of the Year Award and long listed for the Jacar Press Julie Suk Award. Her poetry has also been featured in the New York Times, World Literature Today, Verse Daily and many other publications.
Recipient of the 2021 Academy of American Poets Laureate Fellowship Grant, Gunter-Seymour holds a BFA in graphic design and an MA in com-mercial photography and is a retired instructor in the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism at Ohio University.Her award-winning photography has been pub-lished nationally in The Sun Magazine, World Literature Today, Looking at Appalachia, Vine Leaves Journaland Appalachian Review.
Gunter-Seymour is the founder and Executive Director of the Women of Appalachia Project, an arts organization to address discrimination direct-ed at women from the Appalachian region by encouraging women artists of diverse backgrounds, ages, and experiences to come together. Learn more about the organization at womenofappalachia.com.