Something Poetic

Pultizer finalist to read at fest

You don’t need rhyme or reason to partake in a weekend of poetry. Just check out the 2017 Kalamazoo Poetry Festival April 28–29 at a variety of venues in downtown Kalamazoo.

The two-day festival is a celebration of the thriving poetry community in Kalamazoo and includes readings, workshops, panel discussions and a showcase for poetry animation.

The festival kicks off at 6:30 p.m. April 28 at the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts with “A Celebration of Local Poets,” featuring readings by area poets followed by an Inspiration Fair highlighting nearly 20 local organizations that promote or support poetry.

Saturday’s events include a presentation of Moving UniVERSE: Youth Animation Project, a collaboration between the young writers of Read and Write Kalamazoo and students at the Kalamazoo Valley Community College’s Center for New Media, and a panel discussion on the healing power of poetry. The festival concludes with a reading and craft talk by poet and Pulitzer Prize finalist Diane Seuss at 7 p.m.

The festival is free. For a complete schedule of events and venues, visit