Daily Distraction: Read about all of the Columbus poets we could still locate features on

Celebrate National Poetry Month by reading more about our local scribes

Andy Downing
Columbus Alive
Barbara Fant at the Transit Arts Building

With April being National Poetry Month, I thought it would be a good time to compile as many Alive features on the city's poets as I could scrounge up, a task made slightly more difficult by our website being in the midst of a months-long migration to a new system. (I mean, have you tried using the search tool on columbusalive.com lately?)

Despite the hurdles, I managed to round up features on 21 poets, which gives you almost one a day to read over the remainder of the month

Furthermore, if you've ever had an itch to write poetry but have been looking for that extra nudge, or at least a little bit of wisdom to set you on your way, then revisit this January Other Columbus column, in which Scott Woods offers his advice on how to become a pandemic poet.

Absorb his words and maybe you can one day join the ranks of the writers below.

Barbara Fant 

Hanif Abdurraqib

Maggie Smith

Saeed Jones

Scott Woods

Zach Hannah

Ty Williams

Rachel Wiley

Ruth Awad

Tripp Fontane

Kimberly Brazwell

Steve Abbott

Louise Robertson

Dionne Custer Edwards

Ani Mwalimu

Hannah Stephenson

Kent Grosswiler

Geoff Anderson

Su Flatt

Izetta Thomas

Amy Turn Sharp