Spring Poetry Festival: 10th Anniversary Celebration, Reminiscing: From Basement to Book Series

April 4, 2018 - 3:00pm - 4:00pm
LookOut! Art Gallery
362 Bogue Street
East Lansing, MI
United States

The RCAH Center for Poetry celebrates its tenth anniversary by reflecting on its establishment in 2007 with director Anita Skeen, and alumna poets and original assistants Stephanie Glazier and Lia Greenwell.

Join us for two events on April 4:

Reminiscing: From Basement to Book Series, 3 p.m., LookOut! Gallery, Snyder Hall

   Join Stephanie, Lia, and Anita as they chat about the Center’s beginnings in the basement of Abbot Hall, to Poetry in Motion and bringing world-class poets and writers to the RCAH, to its latest endeavor, the Wheelbarrow Books Poetry Prize.

Reading, 7 p.m., RCAH Theater, Snyder Hall

                              Reception/book signing to follow in the LookOut! Gallery


Poet and critic Stephanie Glazier was raised in northern Michigan. Her poems and critical prose have appeared in the Alaska Quarterly Review, Iraq Literary Review, and in Reading and Writing Experimental Texts: Critical Innovations (Palgrave 2018) . She was a Lambda Literary Fellow in poetry, holds an MFA from Antioch University LA and serves as the poetry editor for Gertrude Press. She has conducted seminars and workshops for readers and writers of all ages at the RCAH Center for Poetry, The Interlochen Center for the Arts, Oregon's Poetry Association Conference and beyond. With a passion for the arts in public life, Stephanie has created community-based arts programs, including developing and launching Michigan's first Poetry in Motion campaign and creating a weekly radio segment called "Public Poetry Announcements" in Lansing, MI. Stephanie lives in Detroit.

Lia Greenwell is a poet living in Detroit, Michigan.

Her poems have appeared in the Missouri Review, Painted Bride Quarterly, Poecology, and Witness among other publications. She is a graduate of the MFA Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College and has received scholarships from the Rona Jaffe Foundation and the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference. Lia has taught creative writing to high school and college students through the Girls Write Now program in New York City and as the 2015 Joan Beebe Teaching Fellow at Warren Wilson College.

Anita Skeen is a professor in the RCAH, where she is the arts coordinator and director of the RCAH Center for Poetry. Anita began her teaching career at Bowling Green State University, where she received an MA in English literature in 1970 and an MFA in creative writing in 1971. She later taught in the MFA program at Wichita State University, where she received the Regents Award for Excellence in Teaching. She joined the MSU Department of English in 1990. She is the author of six volumes of poetry: Each Hand A Map (1986); Portraits (1990); Outside the Fold, Outside the Frame (1999); The Resurrection of the Animals (2002); Never the Whole Story (2011); When We Say Shelter (2007), with Oklahoma poet Jane Taylor; and The Unauthorized Audubon (2014), with visual artist Laura B. DeLind. Her poetry, short fiction, and essays have appeared in numerous literary magazines and anthologies.