Defining Commonality: A Handmade Dictionary

A review by RCAH Center for Poetry founding director Anita Skeen On Thursday evening, October 10, 2019, as I was on my way to teach in the annual Fall Writing Festival at Ghost Ranch in Abiquiu, NM, I stopped in Oklahoma City to visit with poet Jane Taylor, a longtime friend and fellow Ghost RanchContinue reading “Defining Commonality: A Handmade Dictionary”

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.

Poem of the Week: “April,” by Anita Skeen

April April is the cruelest month…. –T.S. Eliot   April is the killer month, the month of late frost smothering apple and cherry blossoms, the month of too much blooming too soon in too many colors. How many shades of pink exist, how many constellations of purple in the grass, how many galaxies of pearContinue reading “Poem of the Week: “April,” by Anita Skeen”

Poem of the Week: The Art of Leaving, by Anita Skeen

  As we celebrate the tenth anniversary of the Residential College in the Arts & Humanities (RCAH) at MSU, please enjoy this villanelle, written for the occasion of the first graduating class in 2011 by RCAH Professor and Center for Poetry director Anita Skeen.   The Art of Leaving ~ for the inaugural graduating classContinue reading “Poem of the Week: The Art of Leaving, by Anita Skeen”

Canadian poet grants Center for Poetry endowment

by Kelsey Block Last week, the RCAH Center for Poetry was proud to host Canadian-born poet George Ellenbogen. Ellenbogen celebrated a $50,000 endowment established in his name along with his late partner, Evelyn Shakir, and Center for Poetry director Anita Skeen. Ellenbogen said he first decided to gift the Center for Poetry with an endowmentContinue reading “Canadian poet grants Center for Poetry endowment”

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”

Poetry Center director Anita Skeen and former RCAH professor Laura DeLind publish collaborative book

By Kelsey Block The Unauthorized Audubon, a collection of poetry and prints by Poetry Center Director Anita Skeen and Anthropology Professor Laura DeLind, was recently published by the MSU Press. The RCAH Center for Poetry hosted a reading on February 19 to celebrate the occasion, in which the creators read and signed their book. TheContinue reading “Poetry Center director Anita Skeen and former RCAH professor Laura DeLind publish collaborative book”

Call and Response # 24: Poem by Anita Skeen and Image by Guillermo Delgado

Originally posted on The Secret Lives of Things:
? Reunion ? ? Even in death my family is divided, the Skeens planted at Goshen Church, ? the Prudens already risen to the mountaintop at Spring Hill Cemetery.  Only the smell ? of fresh cut grass unites the two, the wind in my hair as I…