If you are headed toward Ann Arbor don't miss local poet Jennifer Clark and Alise Alousi in the Crazy Wisdom Poetry Series at The Crazy Wisdom Bookstore and Tea Room 114 S. Main St., Ann Arbor crazywisdom.net 734-665-2757
7:00 PM - 8:45 PM • Wednesday, March 22, 2017
Jennifer Clark & Alise Alousi Jennifer Clark has work published in failbetter, The Midwest Quarterly, Flyway, Nimrod, and Ecotone. Her first poetry collection is Necessary Clearings (Shabda Press) and her second is the forthcoming Johnny Appleseed: The Slice and Times of John Chapman. She lives in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Alise Alousi has work in Graffiti Rag, The Alternative Press, The Malpais Review, We are Iraqis: Aesthetics and Politics in a Time of War, Inclined to Speak: An Anthology of Contemporary Arab American Poetry, and To Light a Fire: 20 Years with the InsideOut Literary Arts Project. She’s Interim Executive Director of InsideOut Literary Arts Project, Detroit.
Featured reader is followed by Open Mic reading. • All writers welcome • Read your own or other favorite poetry. • Sign up begins 6:45 p.m. • Poetry Series readings every fourth Wednesday hosted by Joe Kelty, Ed Morin, & Dave Jibson ...
This year at the Westminster Fifth Annual Art Festival-- April 22 - May 21--there will be poetry workshops with Danna Ephland. Saturday, April 29, 1:00 - 4:00 pm - Beginning Poets; Saturday, May 6, 1:00 - 4:00 pm – Experienced Poets If a poet is anybody, s/he is…somebody who is obsessed by Making. - e.e. cummings Ekphrastic poetry, poems inspired by art, is as old as both art forms and is popular today in art galleries and literary venues and journals. We will look at a few examples of ekphrastic poetry to get us started. This poetry workshop will be in the spirit of e.e. cummings, playful and imaginative, and will focus on the Art Festival theme: "illimitably earth" - a phrase from his poem "i thank You God for most this amazing." We will look at this poem and a couple others and have a good look at the art works displayed for the festival. Writers will choose one particular work of art in the show for inspiration. With guided in-class writing, we will capture some of our first impressions to get us started on our own poems. How can we write what we see, and feel, about this artwork that speaks to us? Drafts will be shared with the group for feedback and input. (The shy are encouraged, but are welcome to opt out.) After a break, we will return to our poems with some hints for revising in order to bring them closer to our intention and vision. If time allows, we’ll make a final visit to the gallery to read our new poems aloud within earshot of the work of art that inspired us. Bring tablet, laptop, paper and pen/pencil- whatever you prefer. Refreshments & handouts provided. Danna Ephland is a poet who teaches indie poetry workshops called The Left Margin. She earned a BFA in Dance from York University, Toronto, and an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Notre Dame. Bodysongs is her hybrid work in movement and poetry for communities and schools. She is active in the vibrant poetry scene here in Kalamazoo. Her poems have appeared in journals including Rhino, Indiana Review, Folio and the anthologies, Saints of Hysteria (Soft Skull Press) and Villanelles (Knopf). A Small Acrylic Frame won the Celery City Chapbook Competition 2015, followed by Needle Makes Tracks from Dancing Girl Press, Chicago, 2016. Workshop Fee $35 Register by calling 269-344-3966 by email firstname.lastname@example.org Scholarships available upon request. Westminster Art Festival 2017 Poems Inspired by Art Saturday, April 29, 1:00 - 4:00 pm - Beginning Saturday, May 6, 1:00 - 4:00 pm – Experienced ...
she ambles toward El Norte she remembers as she steps wasps & spiders webbed in between the corn in Fowler her mamá Concha’s story the fire she fanned to clear the path through the thick burned stalks all this she almost-touches the blueberries in Skagit Washington & the line of men wrapped as cocoo...
Editorial: Cultural forms built with words were once all indistinguishable, but in popular culture they are again coalescing. Figures such as Chuck Berry and Derek Walcott were part of bringing them together
This report from Creative Many Michigan: IN MICHIGAN In Michigan, the NEA contributed more than $32 million in grant funding to Michigan communities, schools, museums, and arts organizations from 1998 to 2018--20 years of NEA grants allocated in Michigan. In 2016 alone, the NEA distributed $770,600 to Michigan’s state arts agency, the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs and an additional $1,282,500 in grant dollars were directly awarded to individuals and organizations in Michigan.
A quick excerpt: RETURN ON INVESTMENT
For every $1 of direct NEA Federal Funding, up to $9 is leveraged
in private and other public funds, resulting in $500 million in
matching support in 2016.
The NEA receives a mere 0.004% of the total federal budget.
Appropriations to state arts agencies constitute just 0.04% of state
general funds expenditures.
Arts cuts will harm communities without achieving real savings.