Board and Policies

2016-2017 Board of Directors

Stacy Nowicki, President
Term expires June 2017

Ed Eckel, Vice President
Term expires June 2018

Amy Ferguson, Secretary
Term expires June 2017

Richard Pattison, Treasurer
Term expires June 2018

Marion Boyer
Term expires June 2018

Donna McClurkan
Term expires June 2018

Marsha Meyer
Term expires June 2017

Sherie Veramay
Term expires June 2017

Members of the KPF Board of Directors may use this password-protected page for access to documents.


 Anti-Discrimination Policy

Equal opportunity is important for the continuing success of the Kalamazoo Poetry Festival (KPF). KPF does not discriminate in any of its activities or operations on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), sex or gender, gender expression, age, size, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, military status, or socioeconomic background. This policy applies to all activities of KPF, including but not limited to employment, selection of volunteers, grant making, purchasing, selecting vendors and consultants, and programming.

KPF is an equal opportunity employer. We embrace a philosophy that recognizes and values diversity. Our goal is to attract, develop, retain and promote talented and diverse people in a culture where all contribute to their fullest potential.

Approved by the Board of Directors March 31, 2015.


 Nominating Committee Guidelines

To the best of our ability, the KPF Board shall represent the ethnic and racial makeup of the community.

We seek individuals who possess one or more of the following characteristics:

  • Experience and passion for the written word
  • Sensitivity to the group process
  • History and reputation for collaborative work
  • Well-organized
  • Work experience in multi-cultural environments
  • Leadership experience
  • Financial, legal, and/or marketing experience
  • Grant-writing experience
  • Good communication skills, i.e. speaking and listening
  • Experience coordinating volunteers
  • Well networked in the community

 Accessibility Policy

The Kalamazoo Poetry Festival (KPF) provides programs in a manner that respects the dignity, independence, integration, and equal opportunity of persons with disabilities. KPF encourages persons with disabilities to use their personal assistive devices while attending KPF programs. KPF is committed to communicating with persons with disabilities in ways that take into account their disability. KPF chooses program locations that are accessible to people with persons with disabilities, and KPF welcomes service animals and support persons upon whom persons with disabilities rely. KPF encourages feedback regarding how we provide access to programs to persons with disabilities.

Approved by the Board of Directors June 14, 2016.


 Strategic Plan

The Kalamazoo Poetry Festival met for its annual retreat May 7, 2016 to initiate strategic planning. The board identified the need to develop a succession plan to ensure the viability and long-term sustainability of the Kalamazoo Poetry Festival, especially with regard to personnel and finances. The board will continue this planning throughout the coming year.

Kalamazoo Poetry Festival Draft Strategic Plan (PDF)


Board Conflict of Interest Policy

The purpose of the conflict of interest policy is to protect KPF’s interest when it is contemplating entering into a transaction or arrangement that might benefit the private interest of an officer or director of KPF or might result in a possible excess benefit transaction. This policy is intended to supplement but not replace any applicable state and federal laws governing conflict of interest applicable to nonprofit and charitable organizations.

Conflict of Interest Policy (Word file)