Memoirist Jane Congdon in conversation with RCAH community

By Kelsey Block “It’s a shared experience,” Memoirist Jane Congdon mentioned during her visit to the Residential College in the Arts and Humanities last week. “I’ve been a visiting writer before, but I’ve never been an artist in conversation.” The RCAH welcomed Congdon back in November 2011 to discuss her first memoir entitled, It StartedContinue reading “Memoirist Jane Congdon in conversation with RCAH community”

The Festival of Listening (2014)

The Festival of Listening (2014), a set on Flickr. Thanks to our readers from last week’s Festival of Listening, an evening of untranslated poetry at (SCENE) Metrospace gallery in downtown East Lansing. We had a wonderful variety of languages represented, from Korean to Swedish to Arabic. See you again next March!

Festival Of Listening

By Kelsey Block The RCAH Center for Poetry was proud to put on the 2014 Festival of Listening. An estimated 50 people gathered last Thursday at (scene) metrospace to listen to untranslated poetry read aloud by 13 speakers of 11 different languages. Kegan Cochrane, MSU sophomore, read two poems – one in Icelandic and one inContinue reading “Festival Of Listening”

Local writer nominated for literary prize

By Kelsey Block A retired local art teacher was recently nominated for an international literary prize. Dorothy Brooks, longtime Poetry Center participant, has recently been nominated for a Pushcart Prize for her piece that appeared in Hippocampus Magazine. Brooks said she started writing in 1967 during a stay in Austria. She said she was studyingContinue reading “Local writer nominated for literary prize”

Valentine’s Murder Ballads

In light of our Valentine’s Murder Ballad workshop this past Monday, here are three songs written by our poets-turned-musicians! “Oh, Matthew, Please” (to the tune of Matty Groves) by Taylor Carver, Linnea Jimison, and Anita Skeen One fair autumn morn as the sun beat down I walked the dusty road to the far side of town.Continue reading “Valentine’s Murder Ballads”

Valentine’s Murder Ballad Workshop

Valentine’s Murder Ballad Workshop, a set on Flickr. This past Monday, RCAH alums Emily Nott and Linnea Jimison, both of the Lansing-based band The Bard Owls, led a workshop on the evolution of the murder ballad and helped participants create their own gruesome ballad, just in time for Valentine’s Day! It was the first musicalContinue reading “Valentine’s Murder Ballad Workshop”

An Afternoon with Diane Wakoski: Part 2 of 2

By Kelsey Block *Please note that the following quotation also appeared in “An Afternoon with Diane Wakoski: Part 1” “Poetry is for those moments when something moves you because of its beauty, pure beauty, for anything that engages you to look at it and experience its transformative power,” the 76-year-old poet said. “Beauty transforms you.”Continue reading “An Afternoon with Diane Wakoski: Part 2 of 2”

An Afternoon with Diane Wakoski: Part 1 of 2

By Kelsey Block The RCAH Center for Poetry is proud to announce that tomorrow night, Wednesday February 5, poet Diane Wakoski will be joining us to read from her new book, Bay of Angels, in the RCAH theater at 7 p.m. “I’m bringing my career of poetry together with my fascination of movies and books.Continue reading “An Afternoon with Diane Wakoski: Part 1 of 2”

Read a Poet, Write a Poem 2014: William Stafford

For the last few weeks, the RCAH Center for Poetry has been busy with our annual Read a Poet, Write a Poem workshop. The two-part workshop focuses on the work of a particular poet, in this case, William Stafford, and then uses that poet as a springboard to encourage attendees to create new work ofContinue reading “Read a Poet, Write a Poem 2014: William Stafford”