BERLIN HEIGHTS — D. David Sapp is a 2018 recipient of an Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence Award grant for poetry.
The Individual Excellence Awards program recognizes outstanding accomplishments by artists in a variety of disciplines. Awards give artists the resources to experiment and explore their art forms, develop skills and advance their careers and receive affirmation and acknowledgement for outstanding work. Competitive applications focused on the merit of past artistic work, combined with an open panel review conducted by nationally recognized professionals, ensure that only the most exceptional individuals receive funding.
Sapp is a Professor of Art and the Director of the Little Gallery, for 24 years teaching studio art and art history at Bowling Green State University, Firelands campus. His Masters of Fine Arts degree was completed in Drawing at BGSU. Sapp attended the Cleveland Institute of Art and is a graduate of Mount Vernon Nazarene University in Art and Psychology. He is a native of Knox County and a 1978 graduate of Mount Vernon Senior High School.
His poems have appeared widely in a number of venues across the United States, in Canada and the United Kingdom: Poetry Salzburg, University of Salzburg, Austria; Stand Magazine, University of Leeds, England, Pennine Platform, Bradford England; Dalhousie Review, Nova Scotia, Queen’s Quarterly, Kingston Ontario; and in the US: The Alembic, Cape Rock, Willard and Maple, Tulane Review, Roanoke Review, Chattahoochee Review and The Journal at Ohio State University. His publications also include articles in the Journal of Creative Behavior; chapbooks Close to Home and Two Buddha; and his novel, Flying Over Erie.
Sapp’s submission to the Ohio Arts Council was a selection of poetry, the fruition of imagery and experience over several decades. The work focused upon prose poems with subjects that include nature, direct experience and memory. Included in the manuscript were reflections on teaching, family, and rather ordinary encounters made significant through attentiveness and vision. Many poems use Berlin Heights and memories of Gambier as subject matter.
Sapp stated for the review panelists: “In committing to the creative act, my primary goal is to actualize a work of poetry that embodies natural, immediate, and responsive expression. My aim is not to produce the sensational or the intellectually novel, but to validate the complexity of the human presence, to find a narrative truth in the human condition as I might interpret it at a particular moment.”
Sapp plans to conduct readings in the Sandusky area, Mount Vernon and other Ohio venues.