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Logan in Hocking County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)

Tessa Sweazy Webb

Founder of Ohio Poetry Day

Tessa Sweazy Webb Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By J. J. Prats, July 14, 2008
1. Tessa Sweazy Webb Marker
Born in 1886 on a farm near Logan, Tessa Sweazy Webb was a teacher at the Hocking County Children’s Home where she began writing poetry. By 1924 she had become well known across the state and nation for her published works. Under Webb’s successful leadership and effort, the Ohio legislature passed a resolution in 1938 calling for an annual state observance of Ohio Poetry Day. Webb’s work in Ohio was responsible for all fifty states observing Poetry Day. She received the Ohioana Award in 1942 for Window by the Sea, chosen as the best book of verse by an Ohio poet. In 1961, the Ohioana Library issued a citation citing her devotion to making Ohioans aware of Ohio Poetry Day. Webb died in 1979 in Logan at the age of 93.
Erected 2008 by Hocking County Historical Society, Logan-Holl Foundation, and The Ohio Historical Society. (Marker Number 6-37.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Arts, Letters, Music. In addition, it is included in the Ohio Historical Society / The Ohio History Connection series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1886.
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39° 32.436′ N, 82° 24.162′ W. Marker is in Logan, Ohio, in Hocking County. Marker is at the intersection of East Hunter Street (Route 93) and North Culver Street and Zanesville Avenue, on the right when traveling west on East Hunter Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Logan OH 43138, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Logan City Hall (approx. ¼ mile away); Hocking County Civil War Memorial (approx. 0.3 miles away); McCarthy-Blosser-Dillon Building (approx. 0.3 miles away); U.S.S. Hocking (approx. 0.3 miles away); Veterans Memorial (approx. 0.3 miles away); Thomas Worthington (approx. 0.3 miles away); Hocking County Desert Storm Memorial (approx. 0.4 miles away); Hocking County Vietnam Veterans Memorial (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Logan.
Also see . . .
1. Biographical Sketch of Tessa Sweazy Webb. by Sandrda Cummins. It excerpts two short poems by Ms. Webb. (Submitted on August 30, 2008.) 

2. Ohio Poetry Day Association. Association website homepage (Submitted on July 6, 2022, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York.) 

3. Tessa's Legacy Lives on. As a lover of poetry for over forty years. I was pleasantly surprised to find that Mrs. Webb’s Legacy is alive and well in the organization that she co-founded nearly 80 years ago.

Originally known as
Marker at the Schempp House Museum image. Click for full size.
Photographed By J. J. Prats, July 14, 2008
2. Marker at the Schempp House Museum
the Verse Writers Guild, her poetry group incorporated as The Ohio Poetry Association years ago. It is not only active, but growing!

The association welcomes poets and lovers of poetry at all levels. From PhDs to grade school writers or those who love to hear or critique poetry. There is a place for everyone!

Current President Doug Rutledge donates meeting space for the Columbus group to meet every quarter at his wonderful Areopagitica bookstore in Clintonville a suburb of Columbus, Ohio. The OPA is associated with the National Federation of State Poetry Societies and represents Ohio Poets at the National Convention annually. All are welcome to join.

Ohio Poetry Day weekend in 2008 will be held on October 17th and 18th in Troy, Ohio. The event welcomes authors to display, sign and sell their books at no cost other than to the Troy Hayner Center. Other events will take place including seminars, workshops, open mike and poet networking.

More information and membership applications are available at this link. (Submitted on September 17, 2008, by Michael L. Schurch of Marion, Ohio.) 

4. Tessa Sweazy Webb "Storm". A short poem by Tessa Sweazy Webb (Submitted on April 30, 2013, by Joe Todd Fraker of Lancaster, Ohio.) 
Schempp House Museum and Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By J. J. Prats, July 14, 2008
3. Schempp House Museum and Marker
Credits. This page was last revised on July 6, 2022. It was originally submitted on August 30, 2008, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. This page has been viewed 3,034 times since then and 302 times this year. Last updated on September 17, 2008, by Michael L. Schurch of Marion, Ohio. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on August 30, 2008, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.

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