Open Public Conversations With Poet Laureate Joel Lipman

Posted Mar 24th, 2008 by Rhonda B. Sewell  Category: Arts & Entertainment,


The Toledo-Lucas County Public Library is proud to announce a new partnership with University of Toledo Art & English professor Joel Lipman, named the area’s first Poet Laureate in 2007 by the Lucas County Commissioners.

Lipman plans to serve as a Poet-In-Residence at Main Library, 325 Michigan St., downtown Toledo, for the duration of his two-year appointment as the County’s Poet Laureate. During his residency, Lipman will hold Open Public Conversations with the Poet Laureate, whereby poets and writers can drop in during scheduled office hours in Main’s Humanities department.

Lipman’s current office hours are scheduled on Monday and Thursday afternoons now through April 28. Lipman will then break in the summer to teach at the Waterfall Arts Center in Maine, and resume his Library residency in the Fall. New office hours will be posted at that time.

“The hours are times when citizens can drop in and discuss poetry, their own poems, questions regarding community writing groups or other matters regarding the art of poetry. I’ll look forward to these conversational hours,” said Lipman.

Lipman’s Open Public Conversations serve as one segment of his residency and partnership with the Library. He also plans to coordinate a host of poetry-related events such as a film series, an exhibit and conduct workshops with junior high and high school students at various schools throughout Lucas County. He will also work with adults.

“I view this partnership as an extraordinary opportunity for Mr. Lipman to expose and enhance the rich and vital poetry scene in Lucas County,” said Clyde Scoles, Library Director.

Lipman is currently providing input to the Toledo-Lucas County Public
Library regarding its poetry collections. Lipman’s scheduled office hours at Main Library (Humanities dept.) are as follows:

Today, March 24: 1-4 p.m.
Monday, March 31: 2-5 p.m.
Thursday, April 3: 1-3 p.m.
Monday, April 7: 1-4 p.m.
Monday, April 14: 2-5 p.m.
Thursday, April 17: 1-4 p.m.
Monday, April 21: 1-4 p.m.
Thursday, April 24: 1-4 p.m.
Monday, April 28: 2-5 p.m.

About Joel Lipman:

Joel Lipman was born in Washington, DC, and raised in Kenosha, Wisconsin. He holds higher degrees from the University of Wisconsin and the State University of New York-Buffalo, where he studied with poets Gwendolyn Brooks, James Wright, John Logan and Robert Creeley. He’s taught at Columbia College-Chicago and the University of Illinois-Chicago and currently is Professor of Art & English at the University of Toledo, where he’s been on the faculty since 1975, serving as Associate Dean for the Arts [1999-2001] and Stranahan Arboretum Director [2004-2006].

Lipman teaches periodically at the Toledo Museum of Art School of Art & Design. A five-time recipient of Ohio Arts Council Individual Artist fellowships in Poetry and long-time director of the Toledo Poets Center, Lipman was honored by the State of Ohio in 1985 when he received the Governor’s Award as an Individual Artist. He was a 1992-1993 Fulbright Fellow, teaching and writing in Belize, and a 2005 Harry Ransom Humanities Center Fellow.

Lipman currently splits his time between Toledo and Belfast, Maine, where he teaches at the Waterfall Arts Center. Among his small press and fine print books and chapbooks of poetry are Mercury Vapor Lamp [Ocooch Mountain Press], Provocateur [Bloody Twin Press], Glass Will: Anthology of Toledo Poets [Toledo Poets Center Press], Machete Chemistry/Panades Physics, co-authored with Yasser Musa [Cubola New Art Foundation], The Real Ideal [Luna Bisante Prods] & Ransom Notes [Obscure Publications]. Active as a Mail Artist and Visual Poet, his work can be found online at the Light & Dust Anthology of Poetry.

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One Response to “Open Public Conversations With Poet Laureate Joel Lipman”

  1. Marian Veverka Says:

    Because I am homebound with pd, I can’t travel to Toledo. I a
    m trying to publish a chapbook of my poetry which has been published in “Poetry is Living in the Firelands” “Seasons of the Sandusky” & “Prism” all of which are no longer published. I have also won Ohio Poetry Day awards. I returned to college at BGSU after 30 years of raising a family & received a BFA degree. I also won the Ann Bachelder poetry award. If you could e-mail me some address of places that accept e-mail submissions for a chapbook, I would really appreciate it. I found this information while browsing through the website “” I joined the group “Toledo Poets” on Facebook where I am a member. Actually, I live in Marblehead. i am retired after 30 years working in the Port Clinton (Ida Rupp) Public Library.
    Thank you for your time
    Marian Veverka
    1839 S. Bayview Dr.
    Marblehead OH 43440

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