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Michigan Humanities Council Newsletter

Youth Arts Festival Held May 10-12

Don’t miss the 50th Annual Michigan Youth Arts Festival, held May 10-12 at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo. The Michigan Humanities Council is sponsoring Tracy K. Smith, just recently awarded the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for poetry, who will work with student-authors in a creative workshop and give a public lecture on May 11.


    Creative Writing poet, Tracy K. Smith


Stephanie Glazier of Michigan State University's Center for Poetry will facilitate the three sessions of creative writing workshops on May 11-12. National Book Award winner and WMU professor Jaimy Gordon has also been invited to work with the students during one of the creative writing sessions.

Additional festival events include music recitals, film festivals and lectures. For full schedule and information, visit their website.

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Dennos MuseumTraverse City Displays 'Art in War'

His photographs have appeared in Five Points; War, Literature & the Arts; and Photography Quarterly. Now Benjamin Busch – author, photographer and filmmaker – has his wartime photographs on display at the Dennos Museum Center in Traverse City.

Prison Murals

Artifacts Tell Lost Story at NMU 'Scattered Winds' Exhibit

U.P. Recounts History of Cable's Bay

Thirty-two miles from Charlevoix, on the waters of Lake Michigan, lies Beaver Island and a number of untold stories from its fishing, logging and farming past. Through a new exhibit at the Beaumier Upper Peninsula Heritage Center at Northern Michigan University (NMU), visitors will learn about some of the island’s lost stories, as well as the history of Cable’s Bay.

Poetry Out Loud

Great Michigan Read

Join us for 2011-12 Great Michigan Read Finale Event

After an extremely successful year, the 2011-12 Great Michigan Read program is nearing its end. Three hundred schools, libraries, churches, book clubs and more teamed up to reach thousands of Michiganians in the reading and discussion of this year’s book, Arc of Justice: A Saga of Race, Civil Rights, and Murder in the Jazz Age.


Year's Great Michigan Read Coming to Close

Alba Teen Heads to Nation's Capital for Poetry Competition

On May 14, Randi Laundré will take center stage as she competes for a $20,000 college scholarship and the title of National Poetry Out Loud Champion in the national Poetry Out Loud competition in Washington, D.C. The sophomore, from Alba High School in Northwest Michigan, will compete against 52 other students, representing all U.S. states and territories.




Two Michiganians and accomplished poets have been honored by the U.S. Post Office with a new commemorative stamp series. The faces of Detroit-native Robert Hayden and Saginaw-native Theodore Roethke will appear on Forever stamps, alongside Elizabeth Bishop, E. E. Cummings, Sylvia Plath and Wallace Stevens, to name a few. They are celebrating this occasion in Saginaw, with numerous events held by the Castle Museum and Roethke House.

Grant Period opening soon for major, touring grants


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