Conrad Balliet reads Ed Davis' poem, "Grand-dad Describes End Times."

Conrad Balliet reads David Peterman's poem, "If Jesus Had Died Of Old Age."

Ohio's First Poet Laureate Begins Post This Week

Dec 29, 2015
Amit Majmudar
Statehouse News Bureau

Ohio's first Poet Laureate begins his two-year term on Friday, and he has roots in both the Far East and Northeast Ohio. Nuclear Radiologist Amit Majmudar was appointed by Gov. Kasich due to the variety of poetry styles he’s worked in. The 36-year-old Indian-American lives near Columbus, but he grew up in Mayfield, went to the University of Akron and NEOMED and did his residency at University Hospitals.  He calls the post both an honor and a responsibility. “How the post works and what the duties will be; what the structure will be: I’ll be kind of structuring the post as I go.

Conrad Balliet reads his poem, "The Night After Christmas."

Conrad Balliet reads Stella Ling's poem, "Solstice and Equinox."

Conrad Balliet reads Ron Palmer's poem, "A Precious Book."

Conrad Balliet reads Eric Blanchard's poems, "Midwest Mud" and "God."

Steve Broidy reads Robert Brimm's poem, "It's Only Darkness."

Barbara Astor reads her poem, "First Date."


Suzanne Kelly Garrison reads her poem, "Deadman's Hand."