Virginia poet laureate visits RCAH

By Kelsey Block “What I like most is following the words, following their sounds. A poem for me always starts as a phrase, a couple of words I hear together that just intrigue me,” Sofia Starnes, the poet laureate of Virginia, said. “Where will this word take me? It might open up a memory, somethingContinue reading “Virginia poet laureate visits RCAH”

“Watchers: A Journey To Alberta” by Jenny Crakes wins the 2014 Balocating Prize for Poetry

Congratulations to Jenny Crakes, a Junior in the Residential College in the Arts and Humanities and Professional Writing at Michigan State University. Crakes won the Center for Poetry’s 2014 Annie Balocating Prize for Poetry for her poem, “Watchers: A Journey To Alberta.” The judge for the 2014 Balocating Prize was Virginia Poet Laureate Sofia M.Continue reading ““Watchers: A Journey To Alberta” by Jenny Crakes wins the 2014 Balocating Prize for Poetry”

Center for Poetry intern wins poetry prize

By Kelsey Block Visiting writer Sofia Starnes, the poet laureate of Virginia, announced at her reading last night that RCAH Center for Poetry intern Jenny Crakes won this year’s Annie Balocating Poetry Prize. Crakes said she was both surprised and excited to have won the $500 award. “The poem was about a road trip thatContinue reading “Center for Poetry intern wins poetry prize”

Sofia Starnes and Anita Skeen on WKAR 90.5’s Current State

Sofia Starnes and Anita Skeen on WKAR 90.5’s Current State Each year, in honor of National Poetry Month in April, the RCAH Center for Poetry brings a series of poets to campus to conduct readings and workshops with the public. Current State spoke with Center for Poetry Director Anita Skeen and Virginia Poet Laureate Sofia M. Starnes about this year’s festival,Continue reading “Sofia Starnes and Anita Skeen on WKAR 90.5’s Current State”

Poem of the Week: “Nightlife” by Sofia M. Starnes

The moon dissolves in mist and flower; the window balances the outside dark against a single lamp— and underneath, a rose. Some nights, I know three things: the being rush, bone sequence, hide and blood, bliss of these rudiments, from them to make a life. And then, some slower things: the being wait, a portal, mouthful, ache;Continue reading “Poem of the Week: “Nightlife” by Sofia M. Starnes”

Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey visits the RCAH Center for Poetry

National Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey (left) kicked off our Spring 2014 Poetry Festival with a reading on Wednesday, April 2. On the second day of her visit, Poetry Center Director Anita Skeen facilitated a Q&A session at the MSU Main Library. Check out our Facebook and Flickr for more about Natasha’s visit! Photo by LinneaContinue reading “Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey visits the RCAH Center for Poetry”

Poem of the Week: “I Don’t Miss It” by Tracy K. Smith

But sometimes I forget where I am, Imagine myself inside that life again. Recalcitrant mornings. Sun perhaps, Or more likely colorless light Filtering its way through shapeless cloud. And when I begin to believe I haven’t left, The rest comes back. Our couch. My smoke Climbing the walls while the hours fall. Straining against theContinue reading “Poem of the Week: “I Don’t Miss It” by Tracy K. Smith”

MSU Slam Team presents Buddy Wakefield

Next Tuesday, April 8, the MSU Slam Team is sponsoring a performance by slam poet Buddy Wakefield. MSU Slam Team Vice President Marianne Caddy said Wakefield has visited campus once before for a workshop. “It was so meaningful to a lot of people that I wanted to make sure it happened again,” Caddy, 20, said.Continue reading “MSU Slam Team presents Buddy Wakefield”

Detroit Poet Jamaal May visits East Lansing

Last week, the RCAH Center for Poetry in collaboration with the MSU English Department was proud to host a reading by Detroit poet Jamaal May. May’s first book of poetry, Hum, was published in 2013 and won the Beatrice Hawley Award. May said he first got interested in poetry while recording a hip hop album.Continue reading “Detroit Poet Jamaal May visits East Lansing”