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...

[read more]

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...

[read more]

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,...

[read more]

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...

[read more]

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...

[read more]

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...

[read more]

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...

[read more]

Dyer-Ives Poetry Competition welcomes national judge, rewards local talent

by (kt.herr)

Submitted 01-31-2017 under LOCAL LIFE

Over the last several years, Grand Rapids has been the scene of a burgeoning, multifaceted poetry movement. Visitors to open mic nights such as Eastown Hookah Lounge’s Smokin’ Spoken Word and Stella Lounge’s The Drunken Retort will...

[read more]

Creative writing and music students team up for genre-bending performance

by (carly.schweppe)

Submitted 11-30-2016 under NEWS

Students at the Creative Youth Center and Triumph Music Academy are coming together for a brand new collaborative project, a free night of Spoken Word + Music. On December 16, CYC students will perform original poetry at the Wealthy Theatre Annex...

[read more]

The Drunken Retort

by (FableTellsTruth)

Submitted 11-04-2016 under

#15 on the list of 50 "Must experience events in Grand Rapids" -Grand Rapids Magazine.   The Drunken Retort is a BIG CITY weekly art showcase in our beautiful city of Grand Rapids. This is primarily a Spoken Word Open Mic, But...

[read more]