Elizabeth Kerlikowske

Kalamazoo Valley Museum

Retirement, Elizabeth Kerlikowske says with a grin, has her busier than ever, deep in art projects and encouraging other artists. A retired professor of English at Kellogg Community College in Battle Creek, Kerlikowske served 25 years as president of Friends of Poetry in Kalamazoo.

“It all started 35 years ago with Martha Moffit,” says Kerlikowske. “She saw poems on buses on a visit to New York and came home to start Friends of Poetry.”

“The Liberal Media Made Me Do It” is a collection of poems written about stories and shows on NPR, PBS, and even special programs on WMUK. 

Elizabeth Kerlikowske in the WMUK studio
Rebecca Thiele, WMUK

Kellogg Community College professor and local poet Elizabeth Kerlikowske will be reading from her chapbook Last Hula on Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. at the Parchment Community Library. It’s a look back at the last few months of her father's life.

Small town poets, Kalamazoo natives hold a reading

Apr 4, 2013

 Red-winged and loud my field this morning suddenly full of them. Clinging to mullen stalks and singing from the snow-battered stems of field grass, the gray skeletons of poke. Everyway I look there’s no escape from blackbirds, shaking the air with their sirens, flashing their wing-bars like warnings. Get ready your heart, here comes Spring - "I Asked For A Poem, But Got Blackbirds" by Amy Newday

Rebecca Thiele, WMUK

The contest only has one rule: you have to tell the judges how your art shows diversity. In Kellogg Community College student Brandi Smith’s drawing, bird-like people sit gracefully on clouds.