poetry http://wmuk.org en 1st Poetry Festival is Large, Local, and Unique to the U.S. http://wmuk.org/post/1st-poetry-festival-large-local-and-unique-us <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">There must be something in the water that attracts so many writers and poets to Kalamazoo.</span></p><p> Thu, 03 Apr 2014 21:25:58 +0000 Rebecca Thiele 13386 at http://wmuk.org 1st Poetry Festival is Large, Local, and Unique to the U.S. Last Hula: Poems of a Father's Final Aloha http://wmuk.org/post/last-hula-poems-fathers-final-aloha <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Kellogg Community College professor and local poet Elizabeth </span>Kerlikowske<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> will be reading from her chapbook </span><em style="line-height: 1.5;">Last Hula</em><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> on Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. at the </span><a href="http://www.parchmentlibrary.org/parchment/" style="line-height: 1.5;">Parchment Community Library</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">. It’s a look back at the last few months of her father's life.</span></p><p> Mon, 24 Mar 2014 02:20:36 +0000 Zinta Aistars 13121 at http://wmuk.org Last Hula: Poems of a Father's Final Aloha Local Writer Challenges Himself With Book Of Sonnets http://wmuk.org/post/local-writer-challenges-himself-book-sonnets <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Kalamazoo native Arnold Johnston is best known as a playwright, but he’s also a musician, a writer, and a poet. He’ll be reading through his new poetry chapbook </span><em style="line-height: 1.5;">Sonnets: Signs and Portents</em><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;Wednesday at </span><a href="http://www.michigannews.biz/" style="line-height: 1.5;">Michigan News Agency</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> at 6 p.m. He and his wife Debby will also be reading their play “A Sheltering Tree.”</span></p><p> Tue, 11 Mar 2014 02:00:33 +0000 Rebecca Thiele 12850 at http://wmuk.org Local Writer Challenges Himself With Book Of Sonnets One Oar: A Journey with Alzheimer's http://wmuk.org/post/one-oar-journey-alzheimers <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Kalamazoo resident Marie </span>Bahlke<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> started writing poetry in her </span>70s<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> and she just celebrated her </span>94th<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">birthday. Her&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">book </span><em style="line-height: 1.5;">One Oar</em><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> follows her&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">husband's life from the time he was first diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease until </span>Bahlke<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> is left a widow.</span></p><p> Mon, 17 Feb 2014 21:18:47 +0000 Zinta Aistars 12390 at http://wmuk.org One Oar: A Journey with Alzheimer's What biblical characters were thinking: 'Exodus' by Janet Heller http://wmuk.org/post/what-biblical-characters-were-thinking-exodus-janet-heller <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Kalamazoo native </span><a href="http://redroom.com/member/janet-ruth-heller" style="line-height: 1.5;">Janet Ruth Heller</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> is a writer, playwright, and literary critic. In her third book of poetry called&nbsp;</span><em style="line-height: 1.5;">Exodus</em><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, Heller fills in the gaps in the lives of characters in the Bible, especially women.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;"><em>Exodus </em>can be found at <a href="http://kazoobooks.com/">Kazoo Books</a>&nbsp;on Parkview Ave. in Kalamazoo, <a href="http://www.michigannews.biz/">Michigan News Agency</a>, and&nbsp;<a href="http://www.amazon.com/Exodus-Janet-Ruth-Heller/dp/1625490615/ref=sr_1_5?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1388696021&amp;sr=8-5&amp;keywords=janet+ruth+heller">Amazon.com</a>.</span></p><p> Thu, 02 Jan 2014 21:52:12 +0000 Zinta Aistars 11442 at http://wmuk.org What biblical characters were thinking: 'Exodus' by Janet Heller