2014 Festival

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The Kalamazoo Poetry Festival’s inaugural festival was April 4-5, 2014. We are so glad you joined us for two days of readings by local poets, workshops, craft talks, and readings by nationally acclaimed poets Aracelis Girmay and Ilya Kaminsky.

THANK YOU to all the Festival participants! This Festival would not exist without support from our community.

We are grateful to have collaborations and partnerships from a wide variety of organizations in Kalamazoo!


  • Saturday, April 5, 2014 (morning): Workshops include sessions with Susan Ramsey, an award winning local poet, and Bonnie Jo Campbell, a poet and award winning novelist.  Another poetry workshop will be led by John Rybicki, a local poet and creative writing instructor who works with youth, families of people in Hospice care, and many others. Our third poetry workshop will be led by Danna Ephland, a local poet and teacher who has a background in dance, and Denise Miller, a local poet and teacher and co-director of FIRE.
  • Saturday, April 5, 2014 (afternoon): Craft Talk & Q&A led by guest poets
  • Saturday, April 5, 2014 (evening): Closing session. Readings by our visiting poets, Aracelis Girmay and Ilya Kaminsky, followed by a public reception and book signing/book sales.