Pumpkins, Cider, Poetry

Oaken Transformations Sculpture & Poetry Walk is pleased to announce collaboration with the Michigan State University Center for Poetry for a Sunday afternoon celebration of the coming season.  “Ode to Autumn” will be held on Sunday, October 2, 2011, from 1-3 p.m., featuring Michigan poets Stephanie Glazier, Robert Fanning, Khaled Mattawa, Anita Skeen, and Keith Taylor. This is an invitation for all lovers of poetry to join us and share your favorite autumn poem. The afternoon will begin with the five featured poets reading an autumn poem they find inspirational or evocative, followed by a time for all in attendance to share a favorite poem related to the coming season.  The event will conclude with the featured poets reading poems they have written with an Autumn context.  Music and refreshments will accompany the event.

Featured Poets:

Robert Fanning is the author of American Prophet (Marick Press, 2009), The Seed Thieves (Marick Press, 2006) and Old Bright Wheel (Ledge Press Poetry Award, 2003). His poems have appeared in Poetry, Ploughshares, Shenandoah, The Atlanta Review, The Hawaii Review, and other journals.

Stephanie Glazier is the Assistant Director of the RCAH Center for Poetry at Michigan State University and an MFA candidate at Antioch University in Los Angeles, California.  She has had poems and interviews appear in Lansing area publications, and has work forthcoming in Foothills.

Khaled Mattawa is the author of four books of poetry, Tocqueville (New Issues Press, 2010) Amorisco (Ausable Press, 2008), Zodiac of Echoes (Ausable Press, 2003) and Ismailia Eclipse (Sheep Meadow Press, 1996).  He has translated nine books of contemporary Arabic poetry by Adonis, Saadi Youssef, Fadhil Al-Azzawi, Hatif Janabi, Maram Al-Massri, Joumana Haddad, Amjad Nasser, and Iman Mersal. Mattawa has co-edited two anthologies of Arab American literature.  Mattawa has been awarded the Academy of American Poet’s Fellowship Prize, the PEN-American Center award for poetry translation, a Guggenheim fellowship, the Alfred Hodder fellowship from Princeton University, an NEA translation grant, and three Pushcart prizes.

Anita Skeen is the Director of the RCAH Center for Poetry at MSU.  She is the author of five books of poetry, most recently Never the Whole Story (MSU Press), a co-authored collection of poems with Oklahoma poet Jane Taylor, When We Say Shelter, and also co-edited with Taylor, Once Upon a Place: Writing from Ghost Ranch (Night Owl Books).  This October she will serve as Writer in Residence at the Aurora Writers Retreat in West Virginia and in January will be the Sara Lura Matthews Self Writer in Residence at Converse College in South Carolina.

Keith Taylor has published some thirteen volumes of poetry, short fiction, translations, and edited volumes.  His most recent full-length collection of poetry was If the World Becomes So Bright (Wayne State University Press, 2009).  Two books are due out by the end of 2011: the anthology Ghost Writers, co-edited with Laura Kasischke (Wayne State University Press) and an extended chapbook,Marginalia for a Natural History (Black Lawrence Press).

Oaken Transformations Sculpture & Poetry Walk is an out-of-doors art tour, free to the public, dedicated to showcasing work by talented poets and artists with ties to the state of Michigan. Part nature walk, part meditative footpath, part art installation, the tour presents a unique physical space for poetry and a serene setting for sculptural work on consignment. Located in Brighton, Michigan, Oaken Transformations is invested in broadening an already growing arts community in Southeast Michigan.  For more information, go to www.miartwalk.com.

Directions: From I-96, take exit # 145 for Grand River.  Turn West, towards Howell, and go 2 miles to 6893 Grand River Rd. (48114).  Look for the big green “Art Walk Open Today” sign on the right side of the road.  Follow the driveway up to the parking lot and enter the art walk through the office.