For more than 20 years, Conrad Balliet has hosted Conrad's Corner, a brief appreciation of a single poem each day on WYSO 91.3 FM. Local poets who have been featured on his show will read their poetry at the Kettering-Moraine Branch of the Dayton Metro Library, 3496 Far Hills Avenue, on Saturday, April 18, 2:00-4:00 p.m. The audience is invited to share poems during open mic as well.
Conrad is a former English professor at Wittenberg University. While he appreciates poetry, he hasn't necessarily considered himself to be a poet. "Sometimes they call me WYSO's poet in residence," he said in a 2011 Dayton Daily News interview. "I know good poetry from bad. What I write is pretty bad."
Last fall, however, Conrad won a first place award in the Dayton Metro Library's annual poetry contest.
"Wordsworth describes poetry as the 'spontaneous overflow of powerful feelings,' " Balliet explained in the DDN article. "An emotional response is what I hope for."
The Poetry Month event is free and open to the public. For more information, call the Kettering-Moraine Branch of the Dayton Metro Library at (937) 463-BOOK.