Poetry at Glen Helen

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by Ed Davis on November 28, 2012

Want a great antidote to holiday stresses and strains? Need a good opportunity to feed your soul and relax with nature?
Look no more! “In the Spirit of the Glen,” a poetry reading featuring some of the area’s best writers performing work inspired by Glen Helen nature preserve, will take place in the newly refurbished Glen Helen Building auditorium on Friday, December 14, from 7-9:00 p.m.

An Invitation

The reading will take place at the ecologically state-of-the-art Vernet Ecological Center (formerly the Glen Helen Building ) at 405 Corry Street directly across the road from the Antioch College campus. Recently the Glen received stimulus funds to install geothermal energy, a new roof, auditorium floor and other cosmetic and systemic upgrades. It even has a new name in honor of inventor/philanthropist Sergius Vernet, whose company’s foundation gave the building to Antioch College many years ago. If you haven’t been to the Glen Building in a while, you’ll be impressed with the changes.

Diverse and Inclusive Gathering

Co-sponsored by Glen Helen Ecology Institute and Tecumseh Land Trust, the evening will include readings by many well-known poets from Yellow Springs, Xenia, Oakwood, Cedarville and Greenville , Ohio. There’ll even be an appearance by a member of Antioch’s first new class since the college reopened last year. (For the entire list of poets, see www.davised.com/bifpoetryposter.pdf.) A brief open mic period following the announced readings will provide an opportunity for audience members to share a Glen poem. The event is free and open to the public.

Since I’ve heard almost all of the scheduled poets read their work live, I can guarantee you’ll be awed, inspired and moved. You’ll laugh some, too. It might be all you can do to stay seated rather than tie on your boots and head out to the Cascades, the Blue Rock, the Yellow Spring or Pine Forest. Come early and take a hike first!

What to Expect

As you know if you’ve ever attended such an event, listening to poetry is a rich, intense experience. Be assured that poets will read only poems that are Glen Helen- or nature-related and adhere to a 3-5 minute time limit. With eighteen scheduled readers—and perhaps a half-dozen more during open mic—we want to leave the audience energized and craving more!

And I hope you’ll linger afterward to meet and greet the writers. Glen Helen Ecology Institute is sponsoring a wine and cheese reception immediately following the reading. Published poets will have their books for sale and will be glad to autograph them. The gift of a personally-inscribed book of poetry can be a meaningful, unique gift.

The Glen is Forever (we hope)

In a year that has seen Krista Magaw and Nick Boutis, directors of Tecumseh Land Trust and Glen Helen Ecological Institute, respectively, working tirelessly with others on an easement to protect Antioch College’s 967-acre nature preserve forever, this is a great time to celebrate one of the Miami Valley’s most sacred sites through the power of the written word. There’s even talk already about making this an annual event. I sure hope to see you there!

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Jeff December 9, 2012 at 4:01 am

If I wanted to read during the open mic do I need to register? I have a very short one about 90 seconds and another (about 2.5 minutes) from an American Artist and Writer that now lives in Luxembough and grew up in Fairborn and I would also like to read hers


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