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44839 Poetry Contest



Calling all poets living or working in the 44839 zip code! Submissions for our second poetry contest were accepted from September 1 to November 30, 2018. Winners will be announced in April 2019 at our Celebrate Poetry- Celebrate Huron event during National Poetry Month. For more information on this program, see below.

Congratulations to Our Local 2018 Poets!

The second annual 44839 Huron Poetry Contest concluded in April, 2019. A team a judges independently scored each poem and arrived at consensus based on scoring. The winners are:

1st Place - David Reese for "Kairos and Cannonballs"
2nd Place - Mila Kette for "Trails"
3rd Place - Shannon Leigh for "Spring Green"

The poems submitted in the 2018 contest are collected in a book titled 44839: Poems from a Zip Code Vol. II published by Drinian Press.

CLICK HERE to find a copy of 44839 Poems from a Zip Code Vol II.



The new edition of 44839: Poetry from a Zip Code 2018 will be available for purchase or checkout at the Huron Public Library on April 11.


Celebrate Poetry- Celebrate Huron 


Thursday, April 11 at 6:30 pm


April is National Poetry Month and to celebrate Huron Library will be hosting a gathering of Huron Poets. All are invited to hear them read poems submitted for the Library’s 44839 Poetry Competition. At this event, contest winners will be announced and all entrants will receive a copy of the latest edition of 44839: Poetry from a Zip Code 2017. Copies of the book will also be available for purchase.


No registration required.

Past Poets Laureate

In collaboration with the Huron City Council and the Department of Parks and Recreation, the Huron Public Library serves as the administrative home of the Poet Laureate Program, assisting with the biennial selection process, public programming and specific goals of the Poet Laureate, and historical record keeping.



Joel D. Rudinger    April 1, 2014 - March 31, 2017


Joel D. Rudinger taught creative writing at Bowling Green State University Firelands College from 1968 until 2013. Rudinger is a highly lauded poet with poems appearing in national literary magazines and reviews including New York QuarterlyNew WavesThe LampAlaska PoetryHeartland and others. As an editor, he published Firelands Arts Review from 1972 - 1981 and Waterlines in 1990 and 1992. Rudinger holds degrees from University of Alaska, University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop, and Bowling Green State University.

Check out his books First Edition: 40 PoemsSedna: Goddess of the Sea, and Lovers and Celebrations from the Huron Public Library.




Ron Ruble     April 1, 2011 - March 31, 2014


Ron Ruble is an Associate Professor Emeritus of Humanities at Bowling Green State University Firelands College. He is the father of two sons, Eric and Kristofer, the grandfather of six, and great-grandfather of one. Ruble is a 1962 graduate of Otterbein College and holds a Ph.D. from Bowling Green State University. He is an award winning playwright, poet and fiction writer. His work has been featured in Grand Lake ReviewThe Heartlands TodayPoet’s Corner, and Verses Magazine.  His writing can be found in anthologies by Bottom Dog Press, Cader Publishing, Doll Printing Press, Eber & Wein Publishing, Iliad Press, Noble House, Quill Books, and Watermark Press. As Huron Poet Laureate, Ruble started his Words Walk initiative to promote the writing and reading of poetry at local schools.  He also initiated the poetry mission adopted by the First Presbyterian Church in Huron with four public poetry readings per year. 




Rob Smith     April 1, 2009 - March 31, 2011


Rob Smith is the author of six novels, but has been recognized for his poetry. In 2006, he won the Robert Frost Poetry Award given by the Frost Foundation in Lawrence, MA. As Huron Poet Laureate, Smith served during the City’s Bicentennial in 2010 and the poems he wrote for city events are included in his collection, The Immigrant’s House. When not writing, Smith enjoys sailing and refurbishing his home built in the 1850’s. Smith holds an undergraduate degree from Westminster College in Pennsylvania and master and doctoral degrees from Princeton Theological Seminary.

Check out his collections of poetry Mzungu, Hello, and The Immigrant’s House from the Huron Public Library.




Larry Smith     April 1, 2008 - March 31, 2009


Dr. Larry Smith is professor emeritus of English and Humanities at Bowling Green State University Firelands College. He is also director of the Firelands Writing Center and of Bottom Dog Press Inc.  Smith is a published author, poet, critic, and screenwriter with 8 books of poetry and 5 books of fiction. As a reviewer and editor, he has edited six anthologies for Bottom Dog Press and acted as managing editor of Heartlands magazine. He is a member of the Academy of American Poets and a recipient of an Ohio Arts Council Fellowship for criticism. He and his wife, Ann, are both from Mingo Junction, Ohio, in the industrial Ohio River Valley, and have lived in Huron since 1970.

Check out his novels The Free FarmThe Long River Home, and Beyond Rust from the Huron Public Library. 

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