poetry

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.

Kalamazoo poet Jennifer Clark’s work has been nominated for two Pushcart Prizes and a Rhysling Award. Now she’s released her first book of poetry, Necessary Clearings, published by Shabda Press of California. Clark will read from the collection at the Michigan News Agency, Wednesday August 13 at 6 p.m.

Erin Williams

Tonight, poet Darius Gardner will be performing spoken word in conjunction with the Black Arts Festival. It's one of three performances he's got scheduled this weekend. 

But when we met a week ago, he was still deciding what to write and perform. It’s all part of his process.

Larry Sawyer and Lina Vitkauskas of Chicago are busy poets. In addition to publishing numerous poetry books, they helped start the Chicago School of Poetics and are co-editors of Milk Magazine, one of the first online poetry forums in the late 1990s. You can find their work at Kazoo Books in Kalamazoo.

Courtesy of Louder Than A Bomb

Growing up during the era of 80's hip-hop, Kevin Coval had his eyes opened to a world of poetry he never knew existed by dissecting the lyrics of his favorite artists.

"I started writing because I wanted to rap, but I  realized very quickly that was not the best idea," he says. "Hip hop really opened me to a nontraditional canon of verse that was contemporary and working class and explored the spectrum of human experience as opposed to just talking about birchwood and roses."

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