Noah Davis wins the 2019 (Emerging) Wheelbarrow Books Poetry Prize

Noah Davis, an MFA candidate in poetry at Indiana University, has been selected by George Ella Lyon as the winner of the 2019 (Emerging) Wheelbarrow Books Poetry Prize for his collection Of This River. About Of This River, Lyon said, “Both mythic and rooted, the poems in Of This River  arrive full of bear and deer,Continue reading “Noah Davis wins the 2019 (Emerging) Wheelbarrow Books Poetry Prize”

MSU Professor Laura Apol named Lansing Poet Laureate

“Passing of the Laurels” celebration set for Friday, May 3, at 5 p.m. in Lansing’s Old Town Professor Laura Apol (courtesy photo) Source: LEAP LANSING, Mich. – The Lansing Economic Area Partnership (LEAP), the RCAH Center for Poetry at Michigan State University and the Lansing Poetry Club, are proud to announce the appointment of LauraContinue reading “MSU Professor Laura Apol named Lansing Poet Laureate”

First Book Spine Poetry Contest a Success

“The Boat of Quiet Hours,” built by Cindy Hunter Morgan as inspiration for our first Book Spine Poetry Contest.   While you might not be able to judge a book by its cover, it turns out that you can craft poetry with several covers. That’s what friends and followers of the RCAH Center for PoetryContinue reading “First Book Spine Poetry Contest a Success”

Founder Anita Skeen featured in MSU Today

Anita Skeen, founder of the RCAH Center for Poetry, in full Ravenclaw regalia. We were thrilled to find this February 11 story in MSU Today about our beloved founder, Anita Skeen. Click this link to read more about Anita’s fascinating journey from Appalachia to East Lansing, and her campaign to start our Center for Poetry.

“Fall”ing in love with poetry

“Life starts all over again when it gets crisp in the fall.” – F. Scott Fitzgerald Welcome back readers, writers, lovers of poetry and all those in between. The Center for Poetry is back with a fully loaded calendar this fall semester. Check out our “Calendar of Events” page for more information on dates, placesContinue reading ““Fall”ing in love with poetry”

2018 Wheelbarrow Books Poetry Prize (Emerging) Winner Selected

Kristin Brace, winner of the 2018 Wheelbarrow Books Poetry Prize (Emerging). Congratulations are in order for Kristin Brace, the latest winner of the Wheelbarrow Books Poetry Prize. Brace’s collection, Toward the Wild Abundance, was selected by judge Sarah Bagby. “Toward the Wild Abundance conjures emotions initiated by the frailty and wonder of our lives,” Bagby writes. “The multifacetedContinue reading “2018 Wheelbarrow Books Poetry Prize (Emerging) Winner Selected”

Adventures in Linocut Printing

  By: Alexis Stark The Center for Poetry interns celebrated the end of 2017 learning a new form of art: linocuts!  Thanks to the Residential College in the Arts and Humanities (RCAH), the Center staff had the opportunity to expand their skills and knowledge of different art forms through the teachings of retired MSU professor andContinue reading “Adventures in Linocut Printing”

New Year, New Events!

If you’re searching for warmth and comfort during these cold winter months, seek shelter at one of The Center for Poetry’s many 2018 Spring events. Our monthly Haiku Study Group begins Saturday, January 20th and the annual Festival of Listening is on Thursday, February 22nd. The Spring Poetry Festival kicks off with Cheryl Clarke onContinue reading “New Year, New Events!”

Center For Poetry Brings Color to Campus

By: Alexis Stark “When your world moves too fast and you lose yourself in the chaos, introduce yourself to each color of the sunset.” —Christy Ann Martine This past week, the Center for Poetry took its love for the written and rhythmic word to the sidewalks of MSU’s campus for Walk, Chalk, Poetry. Since theContinue reading “Center For Poetry Brings Color to Campus”

AWP 2017: It Takes a Village

In February 2017, the RCAH Center for Poetry staff made the trek to Washington, D.C. for AWP. We thought the trip was worthy of some reflection. Edited 5/8/17 to include additional reflections. Day one: Director Anita Skeen leads the way into the vastness that is the AWP Bookfair. See more snapshots of the adventure on Instagram.   Anita Skeen,Continue reading “AWP 2017: It Takes a Village”