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A Celebration with Michigan Poets

The library is honored to host a reading by these remarkable poets, each with an impressive body of work and experience, for a Zoom poetry reading to celebrate National Poetry Month.

Founding director (1995-2015) of Detroit’s InsideOut Literary Arts Project (www. insideoutdetroit.org), Terry Bohnhorst Blackhawk is the author of eight volumes of poetry and a 2019 inductee into the Michigan Women’s Hall of Fame. Her awards for poetry include the Pablo Neruda Poetry Prize from Nimrod International, the John Ciardi Prize for her second collection, Escape Artist, seven Pushcart Prize nominations, and a 2013 Kresge Arts in Detroit literary fellowship. Her work as a poet and scholar has received support from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs, and she was twice named Michigan Creative Writing Teacher of the Year by the Michigan Youth Arts Festival. Terry has also just announced that she is a finalist for the 2020 Joy Harjo Poetry Prize from Cutthroat.

Dennis Hinrichsen is the winner of Grid Poetry Prize for 2020 for his collection This Is Where I Live I Have Nowhere Else To Go which was just published this fall. Other recent work includes [q / lear], a chapbook from Green Linden Press, and Skin Music, winner of the 2014 Michael Waters Poetry Prize from Southern Indiana Review Press. His previous books include Rip-tooth (2010 Tampa Poetry Prize), Kurosawa’s Dog (2008 FIELD Poetry Prize), and Detail from The Garden of Earthly Delights (1999 Akron Poetry Prize). His other awards include the 2015 Rachel Wetzsteon Chapbook Award. From May 2017-April 2019, he served as the first Poet Laureate of the Greater Lansing area.

Jack Ridl, Poet Laureate of Douglas, Michigan, released Saint Peter and the Goldfinch (Wayne State University Press) in April 2019. His Practicing to Walk Like a Heron (WSUPress, 2013) was awarded the National Gold Medal for poetry by ForeWord Reviews/Indie Fab. His collection Broken Symmetry (WSUPress) was co-recipient of The Society of Midland Authors best book of poetry award for 2006. His Losing Season (CavanKerry Press) was named the best sports book of the year for 2009 by The Institute for International Sport. Then Poet Laureate Billy Collins selected his Against Elegies for The Center for Book Arts Chapbook Award.

This program will take place on ZOOM. PLEASE INCLUDE A VALID EMAIL IN REGISTRATION FORM. Participants must include a valid email address in registration form to receive a Meeting ID which will be sent out the day of the event. Please check your spam folder if you do not receive an email.

Thursday, April 8, 2021
7:00 PM EST
Royal Oak Public Library
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Saint Peter and the Goldfinch

Poems by Jack Ridl

A collection of meditations and reflections on being.

Published: April 2019
ISBN: 9780814346457
Published: April 2019
ISBN: 9780814346464

The Light Between

Poems by Terry Blackhawk

Poems of stylistic and emotional range that journey widely through love’s losses and connections.

Published: February 2012
ISBN: 9780814336144
Published: February 2012
ISBN: 9780814336151