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John Dorsey: Appalachian Frankenstein, An Exploration of Rural Appalachia through Poetry

When: 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM on Sep 23, 2020


John Dorsey's reading will now take place via ZOOM.

Topic: John Dorsey: Appalachian Frankenstein
Time: Sep 23, 2020 03:45 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Meeting ID: 960 6785 2913
Passcode: 182679 

John Dorsey has been writing poetry since the late 1980s and has been involved in the publishing community for more than two decades. He is the author of around sixty books and chapbooks, a few of the more recent include Being the Fire (Tangerine Press, 2016) and Shoot the Messenger (Red Flag Press, 2017). The latter was funded in part by Indiana University of Pennsylvania’s English Department. A twelve-time Pushcart Prize nominee, his work has appeared in more than 3,000 magazines and anthologies from around the world. He has read or spoken at colleges and universities such as the University of Toledo, Assumption College, Cleveland State University, Seton Hill University, University of the Arts, Erie Community College, Southeast Missouri State University, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, the University of Missouri-St. Louis, The University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg, Missouri University of Science and Technology, and The College of The Canyons, as well as other assorted venues covering most of the United States.

For several years, Dorsey served as a judge for the Arts Commission of Greater Toledo’s Art in Tarta Project, which chose poems to be presented on city transit buses. In 2006, he won the Toledo City Paper’s annual poetry and fiction competition and went on to serve as a judge the following year, before being named the city’s Best Literary Artist in its 2014 reader poll. In 2010, he also served as a judge for Grievous Jones Press’ Grievous Prize issued in Cardiff, Wales, and in 2013 for the Standing Rock Cultural Arts Open Chapbook Competition in Kent, Ohio. From 2003-2012, he served as an Artist-in-Residence at the Collingwood Arts Center in Toledo, Ohio. In 2015, Dorsey was awarded a Visiting Artist Residency by the Osage Arts Community in Belle, Missouri, where he currently resides. In 2017 he received a three year appointment to serve as Belle’s first city Poet Laureate from Mayor Steve Vogt and has gone on to found the city’s first literary publication the Gasconade Review, which he edits with Jason Ryberg. He is a graduate of the University of Arts’ Writing for Film and Television program, completing his education there in 2002. In 2017, he served as the subject for a poetry documentary by NYC filmmaker Carson Parish. He may be reached at

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