Cait Weiss Orcutt

Cait Weiss Orcutt

MOUNT VERNON — Poet Cait Weiss Orcutt will present a reading of her work and lead a writing workshop on Sunday, Jan. 26 at the Poetry Potluck, a new collaborative event organized by the Public Library of Mount Vernon and Knox County, the Brown Family Environmental Center, and The Kenyon Review.

Orcutt’s poetry and nonfiction has appeared in the Boston Review, Chautauqua, The Pinch, Prairie Schooner and many other literary magazines. Her 2017 poetry collection VALLEYSPEAK (Zone 3, 2017) won Zone 3 Press’ First Book Award, judged by Douglas Kearney.

At Poetry Potluck, Orcutt will read some new poems then lead attendees through a brief writing prompt. After a short meal break, participants have the opportunity to share 1 to 3 short poems in an open mic session.

“We wanted to create a writing event that brought community members together across all the various demographics of Knox County,” says Literary & Writing Program Manager Jamie Lyn Smith-Fletcher.

Poetry Potluck is hosted by two community volunteers, James Borders, founder of The Centerburg Poetry Society; and Sophia Fornwalt, who is both a BFEC intern and an associate at The Kenyon Review. Poetry Potluck meets from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Brown Family Environmental Center, 9781 Laymon Road, Gambier, Ohio.

The program is free and open to the public. The library provides the main dish -- vegetable lasagna -- and the BFEC provides dessert.

Participants are encouraged to bring 1 to 3 short poems and a dish of food to share. All writers age 18 and over are welcome.

For more information, email Literary & Writing Program Manager Jamie Lyn Smith-Fletcher at or call 740-392-BOOK ext. 224.

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