Save the date! Great Lakes Poetry Festival 2023! April 23-29, 2023.


See below for info about GLPF 2022.

Teen Poetry Contest

Congratulations to the winners of the Great Lakes Poetry Festival Teen Poetry Contest.

Great Lakes Poetry Festival to Celebrate National Poetry Month

April is National Poetry Month, and Peter White Public Library is going to be celebrating it in a big way by sponsoring the inaugural Great Lakes Poetry Festival.

Kicking off on March 31, 2022, in the Community Room with live music and a Poetry Open Mic, the Great Lakes Poetry Festival offers a line-up of poetry programs and events for the entire month of April 2022, including movie screenings, featured readers, poetry workshops, and a Haiku Easter egg hunt.  Whether you’re a poetry lover or not, there will be something for everyone to enjoy.

“We really wanted to do something special for National Poetry Month,” says GLPF co-organizer Marty Achatz, Adult Programming Coordinator for PWPL.  “Last April, the library hosted a reading by two-time U. S. Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey.  This year, with the festival, we are going to have a poetry-palooza.  Readings and workshops by local poets and nationally-acclaimed poets.  The premiere of two locally-produced feature-length documentaries.  And so much more.  The whole month is going to be amazing.”

As part of the Great Lakes Poetry Festival, PWPL will host a series of featured readings.  The first one takes place April 5, 2022, in the Community Room.  All the U. P. Poets Laureate, past and present, will join together for this special evening of U. P. poetry.  Other featured readers include Thomas Lynch, author of Bone Rosary and the National Book Award finalist The Undertaking; Keith Taylor, Pushcart Prize-nominated author of The Bird-While; and Cindy Hunter Morgan, author of the Michigan Notable Book Harborless.

However, that is just the tip of this poetry iceberg.  There will also be a GLPF Poetry Broadside Art Exhibition on display at Travel Marquette.  A film series will screen every Monday night in the Community Room, featuring poetry documentaries on Maya Angelou; Modern Native storytelling through performance poetry; and two world premiere documentary features.  “I’m really excited about the premiere of Reflections of An American Sunrise, the feature-length documentary about last year’s NEA Big Read at Peter White Public Library,” Marty Achatz says.  “That film really will be a celebration of U. S Poet Laureate Joy Harjo, Indigenous culture, and poetry in the Upper Peninsula.”

With the support of the Friends of PWPL and the Carroll Paul Memorial Trust Fund, Peter White Public Library is excited to sponsor the inaugural Great Lakes Poetry Festival and hopes to make it an annual tradition.  “It’s my dream that the library will become a hub for poetry and art in the Great Lakes region,” Marty Achatz says.

Visit the PWPL page for more information, brochures, and announcements about the Great Lakes Poetry Festival.