Sun & Moon Poetry Festival coming June 3


On Saturday, June 3, a first-of-its-kind, all-day poetry festival will be held in Delaware. A full day and evening slate of activities are planned for the Sun & Moon Poetry Festival.

• Space Junk: An Eco-Poetry Workshop is sponsored by the Ohio Poetry Association and will be led by Dr. Susann Moeller. Moeller will introduce participants to the topic of garbage in space using a variety of documentary clips. She will provide a brief introduction to various elements of poetry and a sample reading to guide the writing process.

Coffee and light refreshments will be served.

It is free and open to the public, with no registration required. Time is 2-6 p.m., Stratford Ecological Center, 3083 Liberty Road, Delaware.

• Poetry at Stratford: A Celebration of Nature is benefit poetry event. After a welcome and brief reading in the main building, guests will embark on a nature hike where they will hear poets stationed throughout the preserve read their work. Guests will then return to main building for a Haiku Death Match hosted by apiarist and haiku poet Dave Noble.

Note that events are rain or shine and family friendly; the trails are easily accessible.

Featured readers are Joanna Schroeder, Louise Robertson, Juan Armando Rojas Joo, Fred Kirchner, Susan Hendrickson, Sayuri Ayers, Chuck Salmons, Aimee Noel, Fred Andrle, Susann Moeller, Pat Hurley, Natalie Noble, and Mindy Hall.

Light refreshments served. Tickets are $5/person, $10/family, available by calling 740-363-2548 or online at All proceeds directly benefit Stratford Ecological Center. Time is 8-10 p.m., Perkins Observatory, U.S. 23, Delaware.

• Poetry at Perkins Observatory: In Celebration of the Night Sky! is also a benefit reading event. Eight poets will read work related to the cosmos, to be followed, weather permitting, by night sky viewing.

In case of clouds or rain, guests will enjoy a guided tour of the observatory led by director Tom Burns. This year’s readers are Dave Noble (host), Charlene Fix, Geoff Anderson, Louise Robertson, Mark Jordan, Izetta Thomas, Herbert Woodward Martin, Pat Hurley, and Amit Majmudar.

Tickets $10 each. Limited seating is available. Tickets are available by calling 740-363-1257. As always, all proceeds directly benefit Perkins Observatory.

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