Ohio Governor John Kasich has named John Carroll University graduate, Dave Lucas, as Ohio’s poet laureate. Read the full news release here
. Lucas grew up in the Cleveland area and graduated from JCU in 2002. He is the recipient of a Henry Hoyns Fellowship from the University of Virginia and a “Discovery”/The Nation Prize. His poems have appeared in many journals including Paris Review, Poetry, and Slate. His first book of poems, Weather
, received the 2012 Ohioana Book Award for Poetry. Lucas lives in Cleveland Heights and teaches at Case Western Reserve University. “At John Carroll University I found my first community of writers and literary mentors, some of whom have become lifelong friends,” Lucas says. “They introduced me to a craft and a life that has challenged and fulfilled me ever since, and they have supported me long after my years at John Carroll ended,” he added.