Though it may have once been true, April is no longer the cruelest month. Join us on Friday, April 21st as we celebrate National Poetry Month! Local poets Keith Taylor, Alison Swan, and Raymond McDaniel will be reading from their various collections, in addition to sharing some of their favorite poems, written by poets of the present and past.
Raymond McDaniel is the author of Murder, Saltwater Empire, Special Powers & Abilities, and in 2017 The Cataracts, all from Coffee House Press.
Alison Swan's poems and prose have appeared in many publications, including her poetry chapbooks Before the Snow Moon and Dog Heart, the recent anthologies Here: Women Writing on the Upper Peninsula and Poetry in Michigan/Michigan in Poetry, the journals North American Review and TriQuarterly, and The Michigan Poet broadside series and anthology. Her book Fresh Water: Women Writing on the Great Lakes is a Michigan Notable Book. She’s been awarded a Mesa Refuge Fellowship and the Michigan Environmental Council’s Petoskey Prize for Grassroots Environmental Leadership. She teaches in the Institute of the Environment and Sustainability at Western Michigan University and lives in Ann Arbor.
Keith Taylor teaches at the University of Michigan. He has published many books over the years: collections of poetry, a collection of very short stories, co-edited volumes of essays and fiction, and a volume of poetry translated from Modern Greek. His most recent collection, published by Wayne State University Press, is The Bird-while.