Kari Gunter-Seymour

Bio for 2021

Kari Gunter-Seymour’s poetry collections include A Place So Deep Inside America It Can’t Be Seen (Sheila-Na-Gig Editions 2020) winner of the 2020 Ohio Poet of the Year Award; and Serving (Crisis Chronicles Press 2018/2020) runner up, Yellow Chair Review Chapbook Contest. Her work was selected by former US Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey to be included in the PBS American Portrait crowdsourced poem, Remix: For My People and a poem she wrote in support of families living in poverty in Athens County, OH, went viral and was seen by over 100,000 people, resulting in thousands of dollars donated to her local food pantry. Her poems appear in numerous journals and publications including Verse Daily, Still: The Journal, The NY Times, and on her website: www.karigunterseymourpoet.com. Gunter-Seymour has provided poetry workshops to incarcerated teens and adults and women in recovery as well as teaching virtual monthly generative writing workshops. She hosts a seasonal performance series “Spoken & Heard,” featuring poets, writers and musicians from across the country. A ninth generation Appalachian, she is the founder/executive director of the Women of Appalachia Project (WOAP) (www.womenofappalachia.com) and editor of the WOAP anthology series, Women Speak, volumes 1-6. She is the Poet Laureate of Ohio.

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