poetry

The Diatribe Helps Teens Open Up Through Spoken Word

May 7, 2015
Members of The Diatribe
The Diatribe

Marcel “Fable” Price, a member of the poetry group, The Diatribe, will host a poetry showcase on Friday, May 8th called “Spoken Murals”, at the Kalamazoo Valley Museum at 7 p.m.


Courtesy Cal Freeman

Writer Cal Freeman is from Detroit, and his poems are about very Detroit things. Municipal debt. Foreclosures. The UAW. Freeman will be coming to Bookbug in Kalamazoo April 7th to bring that unique perspective as he reads from his first published book of poetry, called “Brother of Leaving.”  


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.”

Can Poetry Be Funny?

Oct 24, 2014

The Kalamazoo group Friends of Poetry is holding a reading Tuesday night called “Can Poetry Be Funny?” The event takes place at 6:30 p.m. at the Kalamazoo Public Library in the Van Deusen Room.

Donald Hall Poetry Prize Winner Iliana Rocha reading her poetry at the WMUK studio
Rebecca Thiele, WMUK

Western Michigan University PhD student and creative writing instructor Iliana Rocha has won the Association for Writers and Writing Programs’ Donald Hall Prize for Poetry. Rocha says in the poetry world, it’s a pretty big deal.

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