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Channeling Our Spirit Animals (Poetry)

Everyone has at least one. A spirit animal is characterized as a teacher or messenger that comes in the form of an animal and has a personal connection to us as individuals. Other names might be animal guides, spirit helpers, power animals, or animal helpers... You can have many spirit animals throughout your lifetime.


Kari Gunter-Seymour is the Poet Laureate of Ohio and a recipient of a 2021 Academy of American Poets Laureate Fellowship. Her poetry collections include A Place So Deep Inside America It Can’t Be Seen (Sheila Na Gig Editions, 2020), which won the 2020 Ohio Poet of the Year Award, and the chapbook Serving (Crisis Chronicles Press, 2018). Her poems have appeared in numerous journals and publications including Rattle, ONE, The LA Times and The New York Times. Her work has been featured on Verse Daily, Cultural Daily, World Literature Today and Poem-a-Day. A ninth generation Appalachian, she is the editor of I Thought I Heard A Cardinal Sing: Ohio’s Appalachian Voices and the Women of Appalachia Project’s anthology series, Women Speak. Gunter-Seymour is the founder, curator, and host of Spoken & Heard, a seasonal performance series featuring poets, writers, and musicians from across the country. She is an artist in residence at the Wexner Center for the Arts and a 2021-22 Pillar of Prosperity Fellow for the Foundation For Appalachian Ohio. For more information on Kari’s projects and publications, go to


Channeling Our Spirit Animals takes place Saturday, June 11 from 5-7pm at Veteran's Memorial Park, 6328 State Rd Pkwy Blvd, Parma, 44134.


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