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Music Box Films, an independent film distributor focused on bringing international, thought-provoking arthouse cinema to American audiences had announced the DVD, Blu-ray, and Digital release of A QUIET PASSION, a biographical film about the life and work of iconic American poet Emily Dickinson (Cynthia Nixon), written and directed by acclaimed British filmmaker Terence Davies. A QUIET PASSION is Certified Fresh with a 92% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, and was praised by critics and literary experts alike during it’s theatrical run this Spring.

Trailer: www.youtube.com/watch?v=13-5EpGlcZc&t=2sIn A QUIET PASSION, Cynthia Nixon delivers a triumphant performance as Emily Dickinson, personifiying the wit, intellectual independence and pathos of the po...
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Each Kalamazoo Poetry Festival board meeting starts with a Poem of the Day. This was the one that led off our meeting this week:

“A Small Needful Fact”
by Ross Gay
Is that Eric Garner worked
for some time for the Parks and Rec.
Horticultural Department, which means,
perhaps, that with his very large hands,
perhaps, in all likelihood,
he put gently into the earth
some plants which, most likely,
some of them, in all likelihood,
continue to grow, continue
to do what such plants do, like house
and feed small and necessary creatures,
like being pleasant to touch and smell,
like converting sunlight
into food, like making it easier
for us to breathe.
...

Each Kalamazoo Poetry Festival board meeting starts with a Poem of the Day. This was the one that led off our meeting this week: 

“A Small Needful Fact”
by Ross Gay
Is that Eric Garner worked
for some time for the Parks and Rec.
Horticultural Department, which means,
perhaps, that with his very large hands,
perhaps, in all likelihood,
he put gently into the earth
some plants which, most likely,
some of them, in all likelihood,
continue to grow, continue
to do what such plants do, like house
and feed small and necessary creatures,
like being pleasant to touch and smell,
like converting sunlight
into food, like making it easier
for us to breathe.

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Coming soon to reading near you: Jason Olsen Kalamazoo Reading Zhang Legacy Center, WMU Archives, 1650 Oakland Drive Monday, July 17 at 7:00 pm Western Michigan University ...

Coming soon to reading near you:  Jason Olsen Kalamazoo Reading Zhang Legacy Center, WMU Archives, 1650 Oakland Drive Monday, July 17 at 7:00 pm Western Michigan University

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Kalamazoo Poetry Festival

Poetry this weekend! www.facebook.com/events/246912935792290/?acontext=%7B%22ref%22%3A%2229%22%2C%22ref_notif_type%22%...

Kazoo Books Summer Poetry ReadingJuly 14, 2017, 7:00pmKazoo BooksKazoo Books presents a poetry reading featuring the work of Denise Miller, Janet A., Joseph Costello, and Lexington Fate. Come out and enjoy the weather, and refreshments while listening to some of the best words Kalamazoo has to offer! Several pieces of visual art created by Denise Miller will also be displayed. The reading will last an hour and a half with food and drink midway. The Traveling Elixir Fixer will also be here! Reading will be outdoors weather permitting. This is an open and affirming space!
About the readers:
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Denise Miller is a professor, poet and mixed media artist whose publications include poems in Dunes Review, African American Review and Blackberry: A Magazine. She’s the 2015 Willow Books Emerging Poet, an AROHO Waves Discussion Fellowship awardee, a finalist for the Barbara Deming Money for Women Fund, and a Hedgebrook Fellow. Her full-length poetry book, Core, was released from Willow Books in November 2015 and has been nominated for a 2015 American Book Award and a 2015 Pushcart Prize. Additionally, one of her poems from a collection in progress has also been nominated for the 2015 Pushcart Prize. Miller has also been recently named the Fall 2016 Willow Books Writer In Residence in conjunction with the Carr Center Detroit and the NEH and an American Antiquarian Society William Randolph Hearst fellow. Her newest chapbook Ligatures 2016 Rattle Chapbook Prize Selection was just released from Rattle. Her poem, Dear Spectators has been nominated for a 2016 Pushcart Prize. More of her work can be found at deniseleemiller.com.
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Janet A. is a fan of Ann Townsend, T.J Jarrett, Narriyah Waheed, and Warsan Shire. Her favorite Jenny Holzer quote is: offer very little information about yourself.
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Joe Costello is a Medical Librarian for Western Michigan University Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine. For three years Joe was involved in support and editorial roles at Asylum Lake Magazine. Joe, a combat army veteran, has worked with others who have suffered trauma using poetry and songwriting to help provide an opportunity for self-reflection and to develop free-form self-expression skills.
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Lexington Everson Fate is a teacher, (self)healer, potter, intersectional feminist, and poet. They live in Kalamazoo, where they were born and returned to for formal education. Fate now stays to further their lifelong education as an engaged participant in society and the ushering in of a new paradigm.

Address:
Kazoo Books
2413 Parkview Ave, Kalamazoo, MI 49008
July 14th, 7pm
Traveling Elixer Fixer:
www.facebook.com/TravelingElixirFixer/
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Kazoo Books Summer Poetry Reading