Each year, one deserving Ohioan is chosen as the Ohio Poetry Association’s "Ohio Poet of the Year." This prestigious award is given out to a poet who has published an impressive book of poetry within the past two years. This year, that deserving recipient is the department's very own Kathy Fagan Grandinetti.
Fagan Grandinetti is the director of the MFA Program in Creative Writing. She follows last year’s recipient, Maggie Smith, who happens to be one of Fagan Grandinetti's former students. Fagan Grandinetti's winning book, Sycamore, contains insights on the topics of lost love, connections with nature and the process of recovery and rebirth. Sycamore has been acknolwedged for its creative wordplay and ability to view humanity within the realm of nature.
Recipients of the Ohio Poet of the Year award earn this distinction after a panel of judges deliberates over nominated books of poetry. The winner is awarded with a stipend and commemorative plaque, as well as the invitation to do a poetry reading. Fagan Grandinetti will give a reading of her poetry at noon on Oct. 7, 2017, at the Troy Haynes Cultural Center in Troy, Ohio. Those hungry for more may purchase a copy of Sycamore at the reading, or visit the author's webpage.