Don’t miss the Art and Poetry Exhibit at the Okemos Library, 4321 Okemos Road, Okemos, Michigan. Exhibit opens March 4, 2023. Art and Poetry come together in a special exhibit of art that inspires! Join us as we celebrate the blending of art and words as local poets read poems surrounded by the art they created. A reception will be held on Saturday, March 11 from 2-4 p.m. with poetry reading beginning at 2:30. Refreshments will be provided. The exhibit features local artists and writers Melinda Pope, Rosalie Sanara Petrouske, Mary Anna Kruch, Nanette Mathe, Wayne Pope, Pooh Stevenson, Chance Liscomb, Sue Wittick, Cheryl Caesar, Ruelaine Stokes, Chana Kraus-Friedberg, Bobbie Margolis, Freeman King and Deb Brown.
Join Rosalie Sanara Petrouske on The Poetry Box LIVE – February Edition! The reading will celebrate all three winners of The Poetry Box Chapbook, Prize, 2022. This event takes place @7:00 p.m. Eastern time. You must register at this link: https://thepoetrybox.com/live-02112023
Praise for Tracking the Fox:
“The poems in Tracking the Fox unfold at the slow pace of a hike in the woods, inviting the pleasures and joys of nature, while never turning away from the shared struggles and pain of the poet’s Ojibwe heritage. Hers is a fearless language that holds it all, like the black ash basket she weaves with her daughter, welcoming every reader with each personal, conversational, and precise poem. In ‘The Sky I Was Born Under,’ written in homage to U.S. Poet Laureate Joy Harjo’s piece of the same name, she describes the scene of her own birth, ending with the lines: ‘I wailed for the first time, my voice/ ricocheted in the stillness, / and all the forest creatures paused to listen.’ Tracking the Fox will cause us all to pause and listen to the hard-won work of this poet coming into her own as a Native American woman and mother, promising: ‘we shall let our voices be heard.’”
—James Crews, contest judge poet, editor of How to Love the World
WATL Poet, Rosalie Sanara Petrouske is pleased to have her poem “Black Ash Basket” appear in the June 2021 issue of The Blue Mountain Review: The Southern Collective Experience. Enjoy Rosalie’s poem on pp. 230-231 of the journal along with the full issue at this link: https://issuu.com/collectivemedia/docs/bluemountainreviewjune2021?fbclid=IwAR2DrsB2jICF5Hd4yZgK2yReQIz8Byb-2qzGXr2s4t9yQFjxaTcYz9VNnEA
Rosalie said the poem was inspired by an evening she spent with her daughter learning the traditional weaving art of making a black ash basket from a 5th generation Ojibwe weaver. “It was a magical night where both my daughter and I felt closer to the traditions and heritage of our culture,” she said.
Six women poets will present Six Voices in Winter: Women Speak, a poetry reading to entertain and warm the heart on a cold February night. The six women have picked five subjects and will rotate reading one poem on each subject in a quick-paced, expressive poetry reading. The group will add coffee, conversation and audience participation for a night of fun and ideas. The reading will take place on Wednesday, February 26 from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. at the Okemos Public Library, 4321 Okemos Road.