Events Calendar

All events are free and open to the public.

 

January

 

20  Evergreen Haiku Study Group, 1-3 p.m., C301 Snyder

Monthly study group activities include read-arounds, aesthetic explorations, craft exercises, writing time, anonymous kukai, collaborative play, and other forms of shared appreciation for one of the smallest poetic forms on the planet.  All are welcome regardless of experience level.

 

 

23  Read A Poet: Margaret Atwood, 7 p.m., C201 Snyder

30  Write A Poem: Margaret Atwood, 7 p.m., C201 Snyder

This annual event, “Read A Poet/Write A Poem,” takes place over two evenings, one week apart. At the first part, we study the work and life of the featured poet. One week later, we have a writing exercise based in that poet's work.

While Margaret Atwood may be best known for her works of “speculative fiction” such as A Handmaid’s Tale, and Alias Grace, her first publications were books of poetry, written with her razor-sharp wit, and sense of irony. Join us as we investigate Atwood’s poetry, and engage in writing exercises inspired by her work.

 

February

 

5  Michigan Writers Series: Divya Victor, 7 p.m., Green Room (4 West), MSU Library

Divya Victor is Assistant Professor of Poetry and Writing at MSU. Her poetry has been translated into French and Czech. A past Mark Diamond Research Fellow at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, Riverrun Fellow at the Archive for New Poetry at UC-San Diego, and Writer in Residence at the Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibit (L.A.C.E.), her work has been performed and installed at Museum of Contemporary Art (MoCA) Los Angeles, the National Gallery of Sigapore, the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and L.A.C. E.

Co-sponsored with MSU Department of English

 

17  Evergreen Haiku Study Group, 1-3 p.m., C301 Snyder

Monthly study group activities include read-arounds, aesthetic explorations, craft exercises, writing time, anonymous kukai, collaborative play, and other forms of shared appreciation for one of the smallest poetic forms on the planet.  All are welcome regardless of experience level.

 

22  Festival of Listening, 7 p.m., (scene)Metrospace

This annual event asks volunteers from the community to perform untranslated poetry in languages other than English. To read a poem, e-mail  cpoetry@msu.edu and indicate your name and the author, title, and language of the poem. Poems need not be original.

Generously co-sponsored by the RCAH Cultures & Languages Across the Curriculum (CLAC) Program.

 

March

 

3-10  AWP (Association of Writers & Writing Programs) 2018, Tampa

The Center for Poetry staff is attending, and will have our first Wheelbarrow Books title available. Visit us at T1205 at the Bookfair.

 

13  Live Lit, 7 p.m., LookOut! Gallery, Snyder Hall

An evening of undergraduate student readings from across campus. Co-sponsored with the Department of English.

 

17  Evergreen Haiku Study Group, 1-3 p.m., C301 Snyder

Monthly study group activities include read-arounds, aesthetic explorations, craft exercises, writing time, anonymous kukai, collaborative play, and other forms of shared appreciation for one of the smallest poetic forms on the planet.  All are welcome regardless of experience level.

 

27  Andy Warhol: Looking Once, Looking Twice  6-7:30 p.m., Broad Art Museum

American poet and photographer Gerard Malanga worked alongside Andy Warhol, keeping a diary of poems that respond to some of the iconic figures featured in Andy’s films. Join Professor Anita Skeen, Director of the RCAH Center for Poetry who will show us how to use language and personal experience to take a closer look at the work of Andy Warhol. We’ll do some writing about what we see and those who wish may share their paragraphs/poems/stories with others in the workshop.

 

28  Spring Poetry Festival

  Cheryl Clarke

Cheryl Clarke is the author of five books of poetry, the most recent of which is By My Precise Haircut (2016); the critical study, After Mecca: Women Poets and the Black Arts Movement (2005); and her collected works The Days of Good Looks: Prose and Poetry 1980-2005 (2006). With Steven G. Fulllwood, she co-edited To Be Left with the Body (2008), one of a series of art and literary publications for men of color having sex with men produced by AIDS Project/LA and GMHC. Her writing appeared in the iconic This Bridge Called My Back: Writings by Radical Women of Color (eds. Anzaldua and Moraga, 1982) and Home Girls: A Black Feminist Anthology (ed. Smith, 1984). She was an editor of Conditions (1981-1990), a feminist magazine of writing with an emphasis on writing by lesbians, founded in 1977. For five years, she has served as one of the organizers of the annual Festival of Women Writers in Hobart, N.Y., the Book Village of the Catskills.

Generously co-sponsored by the MSU Office for Inclusion and Intercultural Initiatives.

3 p.m.: Cheryl Clarke on Gwendolyn Brooks, LookOut! Gallery, Snyder Hall

7 p.m.: Reading, RCAH Theater, with reception/book signing to follow in the LookOut! Gallery

 

 

April

 

3  Edible Book Contest, 11:30-1, LookOut! Gallery

  This annual event, inspired by the International Edible Book Festival, is open to all, and invites contestants to create edible entries of a literary nature. Prize categories include Most Humorous, Most Literary, Most Edible, Most Creative, and Best In Show.

 

4 Spring Poetry Festival

  RCAH Center for Poetry Turns Ten: Stephanie Glazier, Lia Greenwell, and Anita Skeen

The RCAH Center for Poetry celebrates its tenth anniversary by reflecting on its establishment in 2007 with director Anita Skeen, and alumna poets and assistants Stephanie Glazier and Lia Greenwell.

 3 p.m. Reminiscing: From Basement to Book Series, LookOut! Gallery

 Join Anita, Stephanie, and Lia as they chat about the Center’s beginnings in the basement of Abbot Hall, to Poetry in Motion and bringing world-class poets and writers to the RCAH, to its latest endeavor, the Wheelbarrow Books Poetry Prize.

 7 p.m. Reading, RCAH Theater, with reception to follow in the LookOut! Gallery

 

11 Spring Poetry Festival

   Carolyn Forché

 MSU alumna Carolyn Forché’s first volume, Gathering the Tribes, winner of the Younger Poets Prize, was followed by The Country Between Us, The Angel of History, and Blue Hour. Her famed international anthology, Against Forgetting, has been praised by Nelson Mandela as “itself a blow against tyranny, against prejudice, against injustice,” and is followed by the 2014 anthology, The Poetry of Witness. In 1998 in Stockholm, she received the Edita and Ira Morris Hiroshima Foundation for Peace and Culture Award for her human rights advocacy and the preservation of memory and culture. She is currently at work on a memoir.

 3 p.m.  Afternoon Conversation, LookOut! Gallery, Snyder Hall

7 p.m. Reading, RCAH Theater, with reception/book signing to follow in the LookOut! Gallery

 

14  Evergreen Haiku Study Group, 1-3 p.m., C301 Snyder

Monthly study group activities include read-arounds, aesthetic explorations, craft exercises, writing time, anonymous kukai, collaborative play, and other forms of shared appreciation for one of the smallest poetic forms on the planet.  All are welcome regardless of experience level.

 

18  Spring Poetry Festival

  Leila Chatti

RCAH alumna Leila Chatti was born in Oakland, California. A Tunisian-American dual citizen, she has lived in the United States, Tunisia, and Southern France. She is the author of the chapbooks Ebb (New-Generation African Poets) and Tunsiya/Amrikiya, the 2017 Editors’ Selection from Bull City Press. She holds an M.F.A. from North Carolina State University, where she was awarded the Academy of American Poets Prize. The recipient of a grant from the Barbara Deming Memorial Fund and fellowships and scholarships from the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, the Tin House Writers’ Workshop, The Frost Place Conference on Poetry, and Dickinson House, her poems have appeared in Ploughshares, Narrative Magazine, The Georgia Review, North American Review, Spoon River Poetry Review, Third Coast, Nimrod, Southword Journal, and Best of the Net, Best New Poets, New England Review, Gulf Coast, The Missouri Review, Prairie Schooner, The Rumpus, and several other journals and anthologies. She currently serves as the Consulting Poetry Editor at the Raleigh Review and is the 2017-2018 Ron Wallace Poetry Fellow at the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing at University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Generously co-sponsored by the MSU Office for Inclusion and Intercultural Initiatives.

3 p.m.  Afternoon Conversation, LookOut! Gallery, Snyder Hall

7 p.m. Reading, RCAH Theater, with reception/book signing to follow in the LookOut! Gallery

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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