23 Apr


Published by John Philip Drury

At 7:00 pm on Tuesday, April 25, 2017, I’m giving a poetry reading in the main branch of the Cincinnati Public Library. I’ll be reading with Linwood Rumney and Susan Glassmeyer as part of the Poetry in the Garden series, which is sponsored by the Greater Cincinnati Writers League. Susan is subbing for my wife, LaWanda Walters, who had to withdraw because of continuing pain from a back injury she suffered in early March.

10 Apr


Published by John Philip Drury

Kelly Blewett interviewed me about three poems from Sea Level Rising: “Falling in Love at the YMCA Pool,” “Language Lesson,” and “In the Green Room with Robert Lowell.” I read them aloud, and we talked about them. The broadcast aired on April 9, 2017, and is now archived at National Poetry Month: Local Poet John Philip Drury.

08 Apr

Poetry reading and workshop with LaWanda Walters at Otterbein University, sponsored by Ohio Poetry Association, on April 8, 2017

Published by John Philip Drury

On Saturday, April 8, 2017, from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m., I’m giving a poetry reading and workshop with my wife, LaWanda Walters, whose poetry collection Light Is the Odalisque was published by Press 53 in 2016. Here’s a web link: Ohio Poetry Association Events

07 Jul

Antioch Writers' Workshop

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From Saturday, July 9, through Friday, July 15, I'll be teaching a poetry workshop at the Antioch Writers' Workshop in Yellow Springs, Ohio. At 7:00 pm on the evening of Sunday, July 10, Becky Hagenston, Lee Martin, and I will give readings of our work and answer questions at Antioch University Midwest (900 Dayton Street). Click here to see faculty bios and photos for the conference.

21 Jun

Poetry reading with LaWanda Walters on Wednesday, June 22, at the Pendleton Art Center

Published by John Philip Drury

I'm excited to announce that on Wednesday, June 22, at 7:00 pm, LaWanda Walters and I will read our poems together for the first time. The location is the Pendleton Art Center, 1310 Pendleton Street, Studio 600, Cincinnati OH, 45202. My beautiful wife will read poems from her first full-length collection, Light Is the Odalisque, which was recently published by Press 53 in its Silver Concho Series. I'll read poems from Sea Level Rising, along with some new ones.

13 Apr

Ohioana Book Festival (Saturday, April 23)

Published by John Philip Drury

I'll be participating as a Festival Author at the Ohioana Book Festival on Saturday, April 23, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Sheraton Columbus Hotel at Capitol Square in Columbus, Ohio. Copies of my books, including Sea Level Rising, will be available for purchase. From 3:00 to 3:15, I'll give a poetry reading at the Plaza Lounge (2nd floor), just after Maggie Smith and just before Jill Bialosky.

23 Sep


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I gave a poetry reading on Wednesday, September 30, at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia. It was part of the Fall for the Book Festival. I grew up in Bethesda, so returning to the D.C. area represented a homecoming. I read mainly from Sea Level Rising.

I also took part in an open-mic reading at the Writer's Center in Bethesda (4508 Walsh Street) on Sunday afternoon, September 27, starting at 2:00 p.m. I read “Sonnets for Mr. Lewis,” a sequence about my charismatic, terrifying, inspirational 9th grade English teacher.

27 Jul

Earlier poem reprinted in AMERICAN LIFE IN POETRY

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Ted Kooser has selected my poem “Motor Lodge” for his column, American Life in Poetry (Column 540, July 27, 2015). It’s the first sonnet in a three-part sequence, "Summer Jobs," which originally appeared in The Paris Review (Number 131, Summer 1994). My thanks to Richard Howard for accepting the little sequence! It was reprinted in The Disappearing Town (Miami University Press, 2000), my first full-length collection of poems.

15 Jul


Published by John Philip Drury

A review of Sea Level Rising appeared in New Pages on July 1, 2015. Click here to see the review on NEW PAGES. It was written by Kimberly Ann. Here's her review:

15 Jul

Poetry reading at the Mercantile Library on June 26

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On June 26, I gave a reading at the Mercantile Library in Cincinnati, along with Margo Taft Stever and Jennifer Franklin. Margo read from her new chapbook, The Lunatic Ball (Kattywompus Press, 2015). Jennifer read from her first full-length collection, Looming (Elixir Press, 2015). It was a pleasure to read with them! The poems I read all had some connection to the Cincinnati area: "Sea Level Rising," "Falling in Love at the YMCA Pool," "Retreat," "A Boy's Room," "Thinking of Easter," "Matinee," and "Familiar World."