2021 Featured Reading

Join us for the featured reading with Danez Smith and Patricia Smith, starting at 6pm EST!

Join us for the 2021 Festival

This year’s Festival will be April 16 and April 17 online. Featuring local poets Friday, April 16 and nationally acclaimed poets Patricia Smith and Danez Smith at the Festival Finale on Saturday, April 17.

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What We do

A lot of amazing poetry is being created in the Kalamazoo area. The Kalamazoo Poetry Festival was created to make sure everyone knows about it.  We hold a multi-day Poetry Festival every other year, which includes guest poets, workshops, readings, craft talks, and other activities. Everyone is invited and the events are free. 

Keynote Readers

We invite well-known poets from around the country to come read and give a craft a talk. Check out our past events to see who’s read before!


We facilitate a number of writing workshops taught by local poets. The workshops are often developed around a central theme.

Celebration of Community Poets

Every year we hold a reading event that features many amazing poets from around the Kalamazoo area.

Much More

We’re always looking for ways to sponsor and support our local poetry community. If you’ve got an idea, tell us about it!

Help us reach our goal!

Every dollar you donate helps bring world-class poets to Kalamazoo, facilitate workshops, and sponsor poetry events around the city.