The 2021 Kalamazoo Poetry Festival is hosting ten workshops around Kalamazoo. We are now taking submissions for workshop proposals. Please fill out the form below, and we will notify you of our decision.

Body of the Poem: Performance, Movement and Breath
10 a.m. – Noon
Kalamazoo Public Library 

(For high school ages and up)

Join Danna Ephland and Denise Miller to explore “the body of the poem” through performance, movement, and breath. Danna Ephland is a poet and teacher with a background in dance; and Denise Miller is a poet, teacher, and co-director of Fire Historical and Cultural Arts Collaborative.

Finding the Power in Poems

10 a.m. – Noon

Washington Square Library, Kalamazoo

(For elementary and middle school ages) 

John Rybicki introduces ways to make music with language and paint so vividly with words that readers are steeped in a scene. Participants will find the imaginative and emotional power inside themselves. John Rybicki is a poet and teacher whose work has appeared in Best American Poetry.

Obsessed with Place

10 a.m. – Noon

Portage District Library

(For high school ages and up.)

Learn from award-winning authors Susan Ramsey and Bonnie Jo Campbell about the use of place in your writing. Bonnie Jo Campbell is a National Book Award finalist, and Susan Ramsey’s work has appeared in Best American Poetry.

Celebration of Community Poets

Poets representing many of our great cultural organizations celebrate poetry by reading from their own work. 

Rose Willey–Kalamazoo Book Arts Center      

Nate John Minor/DC Lavender–Black Arts & Cultural Center and Truth Tone Recording

Lizbeth Obregon–Hispanic American Council

Shawntai Brown–Fire

Alyssa Razo–Kinetic Effect

Avi Stotz-Ghosh, Elsie Jorgensen–Friends of Poetry


Carrie McGath–New Issues Press

Marianne Houston–Ministry with Community

Traci Brimhall–WMU Center for the Humanities 

Jay Maddock–Kalamazoo Gay and Lesbian Resource Center

TBA–Arcadia Institute

Bonnie Jo Campbell–Kalamazoo Poetry Festival

Danna Ephland–Kalamazoo Poetry Festival