Healing Self and Community Through Poetry: A Panel Conversation

Join us for a panel of local poets talking about their experiences with personally healing trauma through the power of poetry.

We’re pleased that our panel will be comprised of these poets:

  • Gail Griffin has generously and enthusiastically agreed to serve as moderator.  Gail is an emeritus professor of English from Kalamazoo College, an extraordinary writer of nonfiction and poetry and masterful teacher and communicator. She is deeply interested in what panel members and the audience might offer regarding how poetry has helped affect healing.

  • Denise Miller is an accomplished poet and English faculty member at Kalamazoo Valley Community College. Denise co-founded FIRE, an organization and venue which promotes community and social justice through programs of self-expression and much of her poetry addresses the African American experience.

  • Joe Costello is the Medical Librarian for Western Michigan University’s School of Medicine.  For three years Joe was co-director and poetry editor of Asylum Lake Magazine. An army veteran himself, Joe has worked with others who have suffered trauma using poetry and song writing.

  • Allison Kennedy is the current Executive Director of FIRE. Allison co-founded Humans Beyond Boxes, to help those with criminal backgrounds get a fair chance at employment and continues, through FIRE and other projects, to support emerging poets and help build a sense of community in the Edison neighborhood.

  • Michael Evans is the Director of the Literacy Council in Kalamazoo. Using praise poems Michael works with an inter-faith group of young people and adults to write poetry in a form designed to build and express self-worth.
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Date(s) - Saturday, April 29, 2017
3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Kalamazoo Institute of Arts