Preview: Poetry Alive! at Franklin Park Conservatory

From the July 5, 2012 edition

WOSU fans were disappointed to see longtime public affairs radio talk show host Fred Andrle hang up his microphone in 2009, but there’s no keeping a man with so much intellectual curiosity retired for long.

Andrle currently hosts a discussion and performance series through the Ohio State University Humanities Institute, where he has been an associate since leaving radio. Poetry Alive! is one of those events; it enlists five prominent Central Ohio poets — including the loquacious Andrle himself — who will read their work.

Adding to Andrle are the likes of Mimi Brodsky Chenfeld, an activist writer whose children’s book “The House at Twelve Rose Street” was turned into a TV special by NBC in the ’80s; Rose Smith, whose work circles the intersection of performance and print poetry; Jerry Roscoe, a minimalist observer of everyday pleasures and protests; and Frank Richardson, an OSU professor emeritus of art history and a man whose poetry has graced the venerable pages of The New Yorker.

After the readings, the poets and audience will discuss the role played by the written word in artistic and public spheres today. With Andrle at the helm, the conversation is sure to chart a course of insightful introspection.