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Rikki Santer

Creative Writing: Poetry, & Film Studies
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Rikki Santer has worked as a journalist, magazine and book editor, co-founder and managing editor of an alternative city newspaper in Cleveland, poet-in-the schools, high school teacher of English and film studies, and director of a student writing center. Currently she is serving as a vice-president of the Ohio Poetry Association, education consultant for Film Columbus, member of the performing poetry troupe, Concrete Wink, and she holds an Ohio Department of Education Lead Professional Educator teaching license as well as National Board teacher certification.

She earned an MA degree in journalism from Kent State University and an MFA degree in creative writing from The Ohio State University. Her work has won honors from The Poetry Forum, Black Lawrence Press, the Ohio Poetry Association, Ohio Poetry Day, the Poetry Society of Tennessee, the Pennsylvania Poetry Society, the National Federation of State Poetry Societies, as well as Pushcart, Ohioana Book Award and Ohio Poet of the Year nominations, individual artist grants from the Greater Columbus Arts Council, and a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Two of her published poetry collections have explored place: Front Nine (the Hopewell earthworks of Newark, Ohio) and Kahiki Redux (the late Kahiki Supper Club of Columbus, Ohio). Clothesline Logic was published by Pudding House as finalist in their national chapbook competition. She has also published five full-length collections: Fishing for Rabbits (Kattywompus Press), Make Me That Happy (NightBallet Press), Dodge Tuck, Roll (Crisis Chronicles Press), In Pearl Broth, (Stubborn Mule Press), How to Board a Moving Ship (Lily Poetry Review Books). And reflecting her love of pop culture: Drop Jaw, inspired by the art of ventriloquism (NightBallet Press), Head to Toe of It, a chapbook of poems exploring the complicated notions of fashion, (Kelsay Books), and her newest collection, and Stopover, inspired by the classic Twilight Zone series (Luchador Press). In 2023, she will have two new poetry collections released: an art chapbook, Leonora, Her Tarot, and Me, inspired by the paintings of the late Leonora Carrington (Cereal Box Press), and a full-length collection, Zebra Lashes (Fernwood Press).

Grade Levels/Age Groups

  • Grades 1-3
  • Grades 4-5
  • Grades 6-8
  • Grades 9-12
  • Young Adults
  • Adults
  • Older Adults

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  • Chairs
  • Computer projection screen (if possible)


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