Since 2002, we have been bringing outstanding poets to the Hocking Hills every April for Power of Poetry. Since 2012, we have sponsored Wellspring of Imagination, an intensive writing experience for high school students.

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It is a difficult thing, indeed, to get an arts conference up and running in a small community, and I know of no other persons who have done it quite so well.
— former U.S. Poet Laureate Ted Kooser

 Very strong work! Cheers to you, Alan, for doing this! You are lighting so many candles and torches.Wow!
— Naomi Shihab Nye, US Young People's Poet Laureate 2019