UC Blue Ash College

Poetry Café

Students preforming a song at a Poetry Café event

The Poetry Café features poetry and music by guest poets and musicians. Along with poetry and song writing contest winners, there are open mic readings, and live performances!

Writing Contests

UC Blue Ash College has hosted poetry and songwriting contests for more than a decade to help increase interest in poetry and songwriting among college students. 

Winners can earn prizes and a chance to perform at the Poetry Café!

  • Deadline: March 1, 2024
  • Winners will be announced and invited to read at our Poetry Café.
  • Winning poems published in the Blue Ash Review.

UC Blue Ash College Poetry Contest

This annual poetry contest is open to UC Blue Ash College students.

Winners will be announced and invited to read for our Poetry Café being held on Wednesday March 20, 2024. Winning poems will be published in the Blue Ash Review.

High School Poetry Contest

This annual poetry contest is open to area high school students.

Winners will be announced and invited to read for our Poetry Café being held on Wednesday March 20, 2024. Winning poems will be published in the Blue Ash Review.

Songwriting Contest

This contest is open to all UC Blue Ash College students and area high school students

Winners will be announced and invited to perform for our Poetry Café on Wednesday March 20, 2024. Winning songs will be published in the Blue Ash Review.

March 2024 Guest Poet

Phoebe Reeves and Greg Loving

Poet and performer Phoebe Reeves is the author of three chapbooks and a full-length poetry collection, Helen of Bikini.

She has an MFA from Sarah Lawrence College and is professor of English at Clermont College. Her band, No Consolation, features lyrics by guitarist and professor of philosophy, Greg Loving, also of Clermont College.

Contact Information

English & Communication Department
Email: rhonda.pettit@uc.edu