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Kalamazoo Poetry Festival

Egypt is another Arts Council Award winner. Congratulations! (From our friends at Fire.)Hey all! Arts Council of Greater Kalamazoo gives Community Arts Awards and our very own Egypt Trinity Wilder won the Adam F. Carter Young Artist Award. We're thrilled to celebrate her as 2017 Kzoo Youth Slam Champion and young cypheress and leader of Kalamazoo. Come celebrate with the Kalamazoo Children’s Chorus at the Community Arts Awards. ...

Egypt is another Arts Council Award winner. Congratulations! (From our friends at Fire.)

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Learn more about Egypt! The Arts Council says: Egypt Trinity Wilder Egypt Trinity Wilder is a Loy-Norrix High School Student from South Haven, Michigan. She's been a leader in creative writing classes, and for the last year and a half, a leader at Fire Historical & Cultural Arts Collaborative through the Teen Advisory Council and a facilitator for Creative Writing workshops in other settings such as Parchment Library and the Youth Summit on Racism. She has filled three journals of poems on every page, cyphered for 20 minutes straight some days, and performs with incredible liveliness. In 2017, she was the Kalamazoo Youth Poetry Slam champion in a two-round competition with 35 other youth poets from across Kalamazoo county. She went on to be one of the highest scoring poets at Michigan Louder than a Bomb in Detroit against 17 other schools. She's performed at over 10 Open Mics and slams, participated in over 50 workshops, and facilitated 5 workshops in the community. She's a powerhouse of rhyme, smile, specific details and rawness.

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2 weeks ago

Kalamazoo Poetry Festival

Would you like a poem from the Summer of Healing and our friends at FIRE?We believe the written word is magical and therefore will be sending out poem-cards and youth learnings from our summer of healing. Please fill out this form to get on the list. No volunteering necessary. Less forms, always necessary. #Forever100

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Congratulations! Elizabeth Kerlikowske has been awarded a Community Medal of Arts Award! She leads the Kalamazoo Friends of Poetry and so much more for the writing community. The event is on Aug. 27 in Bronson Park! Very happy for her, she and Friends of Poetry bring much to our community. ...

Congratulations! Elizabeth Kerlikowske has been awarded a Community Medal of Arts Award! She leads the Kalamazoo Friends of Poetry and so much more for the writing community. The event is on Aug. 27 in Bronson Park! Very happy for her, she and Friends of Poetry bring much to our community.

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This is why Elizabeth is getting this award: Elizabeth's life as an artist and her commitment to the community are inseparable. She's the author of three full-length books and five chapbooks of poetry, the latest a collaboration with visual artist Mary Hatch. She has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize five times. She has enjoyed two residencies each at Ragdale and the Atlantic Center for the Arts. She stretches herself in every way possible, now also a visual artist, having exhibited in juried shows at the Carnegie Center for the Arts and at the Richmond Center for the Visual Arts Elizabeth is widely known for her work with Friends of Poetry. Through her work, she initiated the Mural Project, and worked with Kalamazoo Public Library on a reading series. She teamed up with Terry Lason at KPL to have a reading series that lasted for years. They brought in well-known writers but primarily were interested in giving local writers a voice and in collaboration with local artist Tom Dietz created “Artifactory”, a program that ran 11 years at the Kalamazoo Valley Museum. Elizabeth worked as a poet in the schools prior to landing a full-time job at Kellogg Community College. She still visits classrooms and gives workshops to teachers on how to teach poetry in the classroom. Most recently, she was the co-director (with Sydnee Peters) of the Alchemy Project. Fifty artists and writers read articles about Alchemy, attended the workshop put on by other members of the group. Writers drew, artists wrote. There were four readings and two visual arts shows.

It sure is!

Congratulations, Elizabeth, on this well-deserved recognition!

Whoever nominated her is brilliant.

So appreciate you and respect your work! 👍

Our brush with greatness- hip hip hooray for Elizabeth

Congratulations! So happy for you!

THIS IS SO COOL.

Hell yes!

When is the ceremony?

Congrats! Wonderful honor.

Wooooohoooo! Terrific news!!

Woo Hoo!! Congrats Elizabeth- well earned.

I always knew you were special!

Congratulations, Elizabeth Kerlikowske. Beautiful!

Congratulations Elizabeth Kerlikowske!

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