2015 Balocating Prize for Poetry: “Memorial Day” by Connor Yeck

Congratulations to Connor Yeck, a Senior in English and the winner of the 2015 Annie Balocating Undergraduate Prize for Poetry! Yeck’s poem “Memorial Day” was selected by guest judge Carolyn Forché and presented during her reading at the RCAH Center for Poetry on April 22, 2015 in Snyder-Phillips Hall. The Balocating Prize is an awardContinue reading “2015 Balocating Prize for Poetry: “Memorial Day” by Connor Yeck”

Poem of the Week: “The Colonel” by Carolyn Forché

Perhaps Carolyn Forché’s most well-known poem, “The Colonel” was published in her book The Country Between Us (1981) and captures “her now-famous encounter with a Salvadoran colonel who, as he made light of human rights, emptied a bag of human ears before Forché” (from The Poetry Foundation). Forché will visit the RCAH Center for Poetry thisContinue reading “Poem of the Week: “The Colonel” by Carolyn Forché”

RCAH Center for Poetry Hosts Conference for Educators and Writers

By Kelsey Block On March 28, 2015, the RCAH Center for Poetry hosted its first-ever conference, titled: “Exploring Our Own Amazement: Learning the Language of Poetry.” A crowd of approximately 40 people filled the RCAH Theater to participate in workshops and discussions with a number of presenters, including the Center for Poetry staff, associate professorContinue reading “RCAH Center for Poetry Hosts Conference for Educators and Writers”

Poem of the Week: “Ice Music” by Terry Blackhawk

Detroit-based poet Terry Blackhawk will join the Center for Poetry for a reading and talk on April 15th as part of our Spring Poetry Festival. You can read more about her visit on our website. “Ice Music” by Terry Blackhawk ice melt ice lace ice breaking up upstream coming down from up north in variegatedContinue reading “Poem of the Week: “Ice Music” by Terry Blackhawk”

Center for Poetry Holds Edible Book Contest

On April 1st, the Center for Poetry held its annual Edible Book Contest, inspired by the International Edible Book Festival. Special thanks to RCAH Communications Manager Katie Wittenauer for being our guest judge, and to the Roethke House in Saginaw, Michigan for contributing prizes and a magnificent cake inspired by Theodore Roethke’s children’s book PartyContinue reading “Center for Poetry Holds Edible Book Contest”

Spring Poetry Series opens with Michigan poet, teacher Dennis Hinrichsen

By Kelsey Block “You’re always in the process of becoming a poet. You keep going on and striving to become that thing,” 62-year-old local writer Dennis Hinrichsen said. Hinrichsen visited the RCAH Center for Poetry last Wednesday as the first guest in our annual Spring Poetry Series. Hinrichsen first discovered the pleasure of words inContinue reading “Spring Poetry Series opens with Michigan poet, teacher Dennis Hinrichsen”

Poem of the Week: “April Midnight” by Arthur Symons

“April Midnight” by Arthur Symons Side by side through the streets at midnight, Roaming together, Through the tumultuous night of London, In the miraculous April weather. Roaming together under the gaslight, Day’s work over, How the Spring calls to us, here in the city, Calls to the heart from the heart of a lover! CoolContinue reading “Poem of the Week: “April Midnight” by Arthur Symons”