Lucas County is alive with Poetry. Here you’ll find many great ways to explore poetry at your library, in your community and online. Check out our upcoming events, past poets, research tools and poetry resources.

Upcoming Events
Thursday, April 30, 2015, 6-8pm
Huntington Room, Main Library, 325 Michigan St.

The Toledo-Lucas County Public Library and the Library Legacy Foundation presents Poetry Speaks @ Your Library featuring Keith Taylor of Ann Arbor Michigan and other regional poets. Formed in 2010, Poetry Speaks @ Your Library features a cross-section of regional poets and prose writers reading their material. Poetry Speaks attempts at bringing diverse voices to the community.

Keith Taylor is an editor, poet, anthologist, and teacher. He received his M.A in English from Central Michigan. His stories, book reviews, translations, and feature articles have appeared in numerous journals, magazines and newspapers in North America and in Europe, including The Chicago Tribune, The Detroit Free Press, The Iowa Review, The Los Angeles Times, Michigan Quarterly Review, Poetry Greece, and Poets and Writers.

KT.jpg Keith Taylor has received a fellowship in poetry from the National Endowment for the Arts and a grant for fiction from The Michigan Council for the Arts and Cultural Affairs. In the Winter of 2007, he was a Senior Writing Fellow at the Sweetland Writing Center of the University of Michigan. In 2008, he was given the Matthews Teaching Award for Excellence by the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts at the University of Michigan. In 2013 he was named A.L. Becker Collegiate Lecturer in English and Creative Writing at the University of Michigan.

He currently teaches part-time at the University of Michigan where he coordinates the undergraduate program in creative writing and directs the Bear River Writers Conference and in 2010, he began working as the Poetry Editor at Michigan Quarterly Review. He lives with his wife and daughter in Ann Arbor.

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Poetry Speaks - Open Mic Nights


Open Mic Nights will take place on select Thursdays during March, April and May from 6-8pm in the Huntington Meeting Room at Main Library.

  • Thursday, March 5, 2015
  • Thursday, March 26, 2015
  • Thursday, April 2, 2015
  • Thursday, May 7, 2015
  • Thursday, May 21, 2015
  • Thursday, May 28, 2015

Open Mic Nights are fun for performers and audience members alike. If you’re interested in sharing a few of your poems please call ahead to sign up for a 5 minute slot:  419.259.5218 or email  Lewd lyrics, profanity or strong sexual content are not allowed during poetry performances.

Poetry in Your Community


The Arts Commission
Inspiring a vibrant Toledo since 1959, the Arts Commission proudly continues a long-standing Toledo tradition of celebrating life through art, fostering opportunities for Toledo’s creative community, and exposing our arts heritage and community for all to enjoy.

MADDPoets-(1).jpg MADD Poets Society
A literary arts program dedicated to making a direct difference in our community, through poetry and lyrical self-expression.

The Mill
The Mill is a literary magazine sponsored by the University of Toledo's English Department.




Ohio Poetry Association
The Ohio Poetry Association (OPA), established in 1929, promotes the art of poetry and supports poets and others who appreciate poetry. They are eager to assist poets, whether amateur or professional, as they hone their craft. The OPA works extensively in Ohio schools, helping students to understand, enjoy, and create poetry.




Toledo Poetry Museum
The Toledo Poetry Museum is small group of writers interested in being a part of and promoting events in Toledo. Most of all, they want to see the Toledo writing community evolve and grow.




Toledo Poet
A website created by local poets to encourage connections and provide information related to local poetry events.


Poetry Resources

Academy of American Poets

All Poetry

Library of Congress – Poetry and Literature  

Ohio Memory – Poets of Ohio

PBS Newshour – Poetry Series  

PBS - Poetry Everywhere

Poetry Foundation  

Poetry Out Loud

Poetry Society of America

Poets & Writers

Poets House



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