A question-and-answer session with the poet, along with a reception featuring light refreshments, will follow the poetry reading. This event is free and open to the public.
Sapp’s reading at the library will highlight amusing and poignant memories of growing up in Knox County and memories of his grandparents’ farm in Gambier, Ohio. His work focuses on prose poems with subjects that include nature, direct experience and memory, reflections on teaching, family, and ordinary encounters made significant through attentiveness and vision.
Sapp, a Knox County native and a Berlin Heights resident for the past 22 years, is a professor of art and the director of the Little Gallery at Bowling Green State University in Huron. His master’s degree in fine arts was completed in drawing at BGSU. He attended the Cleveland Institute of Art, and he is a 1987 graduate of Mount Vernon Nazarene College, majoring in art and psychology.
Sapp’s poems have appeared widely in a number of venues across the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom: Poetry Salzburg, University of Salzburg, Austria; Stand Magazine, University of Leeds, England, Pennine Platform, Bradford, England; Dalhousie Review, Nova Scotia, Queen’s Quarterly, Kingston, Ontario; and in the US: The Alembic, Cape Rock, Willard and Maple, Tulane Review, Roanoke Review, Chattahoochee Review, and The Journal at Ohio State University.
His publications also include articles in the Journal of Creative Behavior; chapbooks Close to Home and Two Buddha; and his novel, Flying Over Erie.
Sapp is the 2018 recipient of an Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence Award grant for poetry and recently received a 2018 Akron Soul Train Fellowship for visual art and poetry.
For more information, call the library at 419-499-4117 or visithttps://www.milan-berlin.lib.oh.us/.