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Tessa Sweazy Webb

Founder of Ohio Poetry Day

 
 
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By J. J. Prats, July 14, 2008
1. Tessa Sweazy Webb Marker
Inscription. 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.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Ohio Historical Society / The Ohio History Connection marker series.
 
Location. 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
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By J. J. Prats, July 14, 2008
2. Marker at the Schempp House Museum
on East Hunter Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Logan OH 43138, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Hocking County Civil War 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); Hocking County Iraqi Freedom Memorial (approx. 0.4 miles away); Hocking County Korean War Memorial (approx. 0.4 miles away); Falls Mill Bridge (approx. 1.5 miles away); Historic Haydenville / Haydenville Historic District (approx. 6 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. 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 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
Schempp House Museum and Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, July 14, 2008
3. Schempp House Museum and Marker
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.) 

3. 2009 Ohio Poetry Day. Ohio Poetry Day weekend in 2009 will be held on October 16th and 17th in Mt. Union, Ohio at Mt. Union Colleges.

The event welcomes poets & poetry lovers to particpate in writing exercises, poetry workshops and open mic sessions. Co-poets of the year were named as Terry Hermsen and Stephen Haven. Poet Steven Hayen will be the keynote speaker. Poet Hermsen will not be able to join us as he will be in Chili as a resident poet there. Authors are able to display, sign and sell their books at no cost to the author. (Submitted on August 31, 2009, 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.) 
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 30, 2008, by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,675 times since then and 104 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 Springfield, Virginia. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.
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