poetry

The Diatribe launches anti-racist art project to shift narrative of southeast, southwest Grand Rapids

by (The Rapidian)

Submitted 05-07-2021 under NEWS

“If you had art that reclaimed your neighborhood, what would that look like?” This question will be asked of young residents from Grand Rapids’ southeast and southwest sides, as part of a new anti-racist project bringing large-...

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Ericka 'Kyd Kane' Thompson becomes Grand Rapids' new poet laureate

by (Brett)

Submitted 12-15-2020 under LOCAL LIFE

Grand Rapids has a new poet laureate in Ericka “Kyd Kane” Thompson, who begins a three-year term on Jan. 1. As poet laureate, Kyd Kane will act as an ambassador of poetry for the city, creating programs that encourage the writing and...

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Community updates: Thursday, Nov. 12

by (The Rapidian)

Submitted 11-13-2020 under NEWS

Kent County’s COVID-19 case growth continues upward trend Around 532 new COVID-19 cases per day are now being reported in Kent County, with the Kent County Health Department (KCHD) urging vigilance in the face of a months-long surge. Since mid...

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Local teen writers build relationships, strengthen skills at international conference

by (Kiran Sood Patel)

Submitted 08-14-2018 under PLACE-MATTERS

This month, Grand Rapids area students Maeve Wilbourn and Aliya Hall had the opportunity to travel to San Francisco to attend the International Congress of Youth Voices as student delegates. The young women were attending as representatives of Grand...

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Dyer-Ives founder John R. Hunting reflects on 50 years of Kent County poetry

by (kt.herr)

Submitted 05-31-2018 under LOCAL LIFE

The former Dyer-Ives Foundation offices no longer bustle with staff, but the space continues to thrum with an energy engendered by decades of dynamic philanthropic activity. A large conference table still holds court in the central meeting room, and...

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Immigrant tells the story of their journey with a poem

by (arcarpenter)

Submitted 04-24-2018 under VOICES

From Saturday, April 28 to Tuesday, May 1, 2018 Movimiento Cosecha GR will be calling for a four-day Puente, a strike and boycott to show the power of immigrants in the West Michigan economy. To highlight one of the stories from area immigrants,...

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Spoken word collective turned nonprofit organization hosts first annual fundraiser

by (gleasonmrachel)

Submitted 03-21-2018 under NONPROFITS

The Diatribe is throwing a party and everyone is invited. Now, if you're not an educator or familiar with the poetry scene here in Grand Rapids you might be wondering who or what The Diatribe is. The spoken word collective turned nonprofit...

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Dyer-Ives Poetry Competition celebrates 50th year

by (kt.herr)

Submitted 02-20-2018 under LOCAL LIFE

Christine Krieger first took on the oversight of the Dyer-Ives Poetry Competition in 1997, but she’ll be the first to tell you that its legacy far exceeds her tenure there. This will be her fourteenth year helming the competition – she...

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Community responds to 'Why These Finalists? Part 2: Kyd Kane

by (The Rapidian)

Submitted 10-05-2017 under NONPROFITS

Art critics discussed 'Why These Finalists? Part 2' at the ArtPrize Studio at the ArtPrize Hub Tuesday night, October 3, 2017 on 41 Sheldon Boulevard SE in front of a live audience. The Rapidian and GRTV interviewed a variety of audience...

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Local poet organizes women's self-defense class, poetry reading

by (kt.herr)

Submitted 03-14-2017 under PLACE-MATTERS

The event, titled “Persevere: An Evening of Protection and Poetry,” will take place on April 6 at The Well Being, and will feature an hour and a half of self-defense instruction, followed by readings and performances from four local...

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