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Suzanne Ondrus, 'Death of an Unvirtuous Woman: A Night of Poetry and German-Ohio History'


Travel to Bowling Green, Ohio in 1881 and learn about Carl and Mary Bach who were German Ohio farming immigrants, the local 1881-1883 news, and the sensational event of 1883– the last man hung in Wood County, Ohio. In conjunction with presenting the case and its photos, award-winning poet and Fulbright alumna Suzanne Ondrus will read from her forthcoming poetry book based on it: ‘Death of an Unvirtuous Woman’. Trigger warning, this talk deals with murder and violence.

Dr. Suzanne Ondrus’ poetry books ‘Passion Seeds’ and ‘Death of an Unvirtuous Woman’ deal with history, foreign cultures, women’s sexuality, racism, identity, and domestic violence and serve as platforms for discussion of these taboo topics. She was the 2013 Reed Magazine Markham Poetry Prize winner, a 2017 featured UNESCO World Book Capital poet in Guinea, Conakry, and a 2018-2020 Fulbright Scholar to Burkina Faso where she taught creative writing, African literature, American Studies, and literary theory. Hear her read on her YouTube channel Suzanne Ondrus and find her updates and links to her poems on suzanneondrus.com.


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