Judith Rypma has had a love affair with Russia that has spanned most of her life. In 23 trips, the master faculty specialist in English at Western Michigan University has observed changes from the former Soviet Union to the Russia of today. Many of her observations have found their way into Rypma’s poetry. Her newest collection is Worshipping at Lenin’s Mausoleum (Future Cycle Press, 2016).
The Arcadia Woodwind Quintet resumes its season at the Ladies Library of Kalamazoo on Friday at 7:30 pm. Horn player Ron Chase and bassoonist Judy Belland, two members of the Arcadia Woodwind Quintet, discuss the various works on the program. And Ladies Library Association member Paula Jamison sings the praises of the venue, which has been the center of the association's activities since 1878.