2021 Workshop Proposals

We are now accepting workshop proposal submissions for the 2021 Poetry Festival. Check out the festival details page for more info.

2021 Festival

Preparations for the 2021 Kalamazoo Poetry Festival are already underway! Mark your calendars for April 16th and 17th, 2021.

2020 Digital Festival

Thanks so much for joining us virtually for the 2020 Digital Festival! Check out the 2020 festival page to rewatch (or watch for the first time!)

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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.