Come walk and write with Cincinnati Poet Laureate Pauletta Hansel, inspired by our vibrant downtown. All ages and experience levels are welcome; youth under 16 should be accompanied by an adult for the walk. Please wear comfortable walking shoes and clothes for the weather, and bring a pen and small notebook, plus a brown bag lunch, if you choose.
Cincinnati Poet Laureate Pauletta Hansel invites you to join her for a literary walk around Cincinnati’s neighborhoods, writing as you go. This is not your grandpa’s sonnet. You don’t even have to rhyme. The sonnet is a fourteen line poem with roughly ten syllables in each line. Eight blocks equals eight lines, each inspired by what you encounter; that’s one stanza of the poem. Then for the “volta” (Italian for “turn”) into the final six line stanza, you will literally turn, walking and writing for six blocks back, having drafted a poem that leaves you in a slightly different place than you began—as all good literature will do.
More info about the Cincinnati Walking Sonnet Project can be found HERE