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Poetry Café Brings New Voices to UC Blue Ash


The Poetry Café at the University of Cincinnati Blue Ash College isn’t a place, it’s an annual event that celebrates original poetry and songwriting. This year’s edition will be held be held on Monday, March 5 from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. in the Muntz Hall Community Commons on the UC Blue Ash campus. It is free and open to the public.

The Poetry Café will feature readings and performances by area high school and college students who competed in the UC Blue Ash College Poetry and Songwriting Contest. There will also be an open mic competition for all who have original poems to read or songs to sing. Members of the community are invited to participate.

The theme this year is Poets on Fire! “It’s a way to emphasize the power of the imagery and emotions that poems and songs can convey,” says Rhonda Pettit, a published poet, professor of English at UC Blue Ash, and coordinator of the annual poetry contest and the Poetry Café.

The feature poet and novelist this year is Mary Ann Taylor-Hall, the author of three works of fiction and three volumes of poetry. Her works of fiction include At the Breakers and Come and Go Molly Snow, and her most recent book of poetry is Out of Nowhere: New and Selected Poems. It was released last year by Old Cove Press. She will perform a reading of some of the poems.

Professor Pettit adds, “The goal of the Poetry Café is to celebrate writers and musicians, both young and old, and to encourage them to continue to pursue poetry and songwriting as creative forms of expression.”

The Poetry Café coincides with the release of the 2018 edition of the Blue Ash Review, a book of poems, short stories, songs and visual art by students, faculty, and visiting and community authors. Free copies of the Blue Ash Review are available by contacting the English Department at UC Blue Ash, either by phone at (513) 745-5645 or email at

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