February 10, 2023


Evening of poetry features Barbara Fant


The Black Seminarians Network of Methodist Theological School in Ohio welcomes MTSO alum Barbara Fant back to campus for an evening of poetry. The free event begins at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 23 in the Alford Centrum. It will also include readings by current students and will be hosted by Vernell Bristow.

Fant, who holds a Master of Theological Studies degree from MTSO, has been writing and performing for over 15 years. She competed in nine National Poetry Slam competitions and a World Poetry Slam finalist.

Fant is the author of two poetry collections, Paint, Inside Out (2010) and Mouths of Garden (2022). Her work has been featured in the Academy of American Poets magazine, Electric Literature, McNeese Review, The Ohio State University Press, Button Poetry, and Def Poetry Jam, among others. She has received residencies in Havana, Cuba, and Senegal, West Africa.

Fant is the founder of the Black Women Rise Poetry Collective; co-founder of the Senghor Project, West African International Artist Residency; and co-founder of We THRIVE Healing and Arts Collective.

Methodist Theological School in Ohio provides theological education and leadership in pursuit of a just, sustainable and generative world. In addition to the Master of Divinity degree, the school offers master’s degrees in practical theology, social justice and theological studies, along with a Doctor of Ministry degree.


Danny Russell, communications director
drussell@mtso.edu, 740-362-3322