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Poetry Party Honors Winners of Poetry Contest

For 20 years, the Dayton Metro Library has hosted a poetry contest for teens, adults and seniors in the Miami Valley. To celebrate the contest’s 20th anniversary, the public is invited to a Poetry Party on Sunday, November 5, 2:00 p.m. at the Main Library, 215 E. Third Street in Dayton.

“This year the awards ceremony will be held in the new Eichelberger Forum just off the Atrium of the new Main Library,” said Gwen Owen, Content Writer and coordinator of the contest. “The public is invited to stop in to hear the winning entries read by their authors, and to share their own poems during open mic.”  

Mock Turtle Zine editorial staff Matt Birdsall, T.J. McGuire and Fred Kirchner, who served as judges in the contest, will emcee the event. First place winners in each age category will be published in the upcoming fall issue of Mock Turtle Zine, in addition to receiving cash prizes courtesy of the Friends of the Library.

“Pianist Tom McGuire will play our grand piano and refreshments will be served,” said Owen. “The 20th anniversary of the Library’s poetry contest gives us a wonderful opportunity to celebrate creativity in our community.”

The Poetry Party is free and open to the public. For more information, visit or call 937.463.2665.


Main Branch

215 E. Third St.
Dayton OH 45402


M, T, Th: 9:30 am - 8:30 pm
W, F: 9:30 am - 6:00 pm
Sat: 9:30 am - 6:00 pm
Sun: 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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