Collaborators

The following organizations have agreed to participate in the 2014 Kalamazoo Poetry Festival as a site, offering poets at a workshop, reading at the April 4 local poet reading, or with programming surrounding the Festival.

The Arcadia Institute is a non-profit organization founded in 1994, based in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Its mission is to create opportunities for persons with disabilities to participate fully in community life; to feel welcomed, supported and respected in their community; and to make decisions about their own futures.

The Black Arts and Cultural Center continues to carry out its mission by exhibiting artwork of local artists, providing art classes for youth and adults, providing forum for poets to enhance their skills, producing plays, providing art resources to the community, providing meeting space and interacting with diverse people in the community. Recently, it has also placed a greater emphasis on youth programming.

FIRE Historical & Cultural Arts Collaborative is a 501 (C) (3) organization whose mission is to encourage and respond to people’s desire for authentic expression. FIRE believes that social and cultural awareness generates and sustains social justice.

Friends of Poetry is a group that was established to encourage the writing and reading of poetry through contests, publishing, workshops, and performances. They sponsor Poems That Ate Our Ears, a poetry contest for kindergarten students through adults.

Hispanic American Council is an organization whose mission is “envisioning a brighter tomorrow for our community.”  Serving Southwest Michigan’s Hispanic community since 1981, the Hispanic American Council is committed to service and advocacy for Hispanic communities in Southwest Michigan. Their initiatives, programs, and services foster self-sufficiency, promote cultural heritage, and encourage relationships with the wider community.

Kalamazoo Book Arts Center is an entity founded in 2005 by artists and writers with a passion for book arts. Their vision evolved into a creative public space where artists and book enthusiasts of all kinds can gather to collaborate and celebrate books and the many arts that inform them: paper making, printmaking, letterpress, creative writing, and bookbinding.

Kalamazoo College is a highly selective, nationally renowned, and internationally oriented four-year college of arts and sciences. Founded in 1833, K College is among the 100 oldest colleges and universities in the nation and has a long tradition of excellence in the liberal arts.

Kalamazoo Gay and Lesbian Resource Center provides support to lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people and to create a bridge of understanding among all people, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity.

Kalamazoo Institute of Arts is both a museum and community art school. Since 1924 its mission has been to cultivate both the creation and appreciation of the visual arts. Today over 100,000 visitors each year enjoy exciting temporary exhibitions, an outstanding permanent collection of nearly 4,000 works, programs, and events at the KIA. Nearly 3,000 students enroll annually in Kirk Newman Art School classes.

Kalamazoo Public Library serves a district population of 119,000 through five locations plus multiple outreach ventures. Selected National Library of the Year in 2002, Kalamazoo Public Library offers an extensive collection of books, movies, and music, year-round programming for all ages, a Local History Room featuring a local information database, the County Law Library, and more.

Kinetic Affect  is an organization that combines the past experiences and powerful voices of two performance poets: Gabriel Giron and Kirk Latimer. Their performances and workshops are committed to challenging beliefs, pushing boundaries, embracing differences, increasing  awareness of local and global issues and working with  youth who are either lost in the system or in the process of losing themselves.

Ministry with Community’s mission is to improve lives by providing food, daytime shelter and other services to people in Kalamazoo struggling with homelessness, poverty, mental illness and other challenges. Through community cooperation, we provide these services in an atmosphere of dignity, hope and unconditional acceptance.

New Issues Poetry & Prose is a small local publishing press that was established in 1996 by poet Herbert S. Scott.  New Issues publishes eight to twelve new titles each year with a focus on contemporary poetry, and literary fiction, through the AWP Award Series for the Novel. New Issues Press operates in offices housed at Western Michigan University.

Portage District Library strives to be a safe, welcoming, inclusive destination for families and individuals. PDL is  a leader in strengthening community and a community center to experience and explore local arts and culture.

Western Michigan University Center for the Humanities recognizes and supports the humanities at Western Michigan University. As a gathering place for dialogue, the Center acts an incubator for the exchange of ideas among faculty, emeriti, alumni, undergraduate and graduate students, and people in the wider community. Through the understanding of diverse cultural, professional, political, and intellectual landscapes, we nurture engaged and vital academic life.