The geography and geology of the Sleeping Bear Dunes will be the focus of writer Rosalie Sanara Petrouske’s work during her May 15 – 28 artist residency with the Glen Arbor Arts Center. Petrouske, a resident of Grand Ledge, Michigan, will spend two weeks working on a series of haiku poems inspired by the area’s lakes and the dunes.
Each of the GAAC’s artist-residents offer a conversational presentation at the end of their stay. The presentations begin at noon at the GAAC. They are free, and open to the public. On May 27 Petrouske will discuss poems written in both traditional and modern haiku forms – an ancient, Japanese poetic form concerned with the natural world — and the poems she is editing for a volume of poems.
Since the 1990s, the GAAC has welcomed visiting artists who want to immerse themselves in their work. The GAAC’s AIR program offers up to seven, creative practitioners a two-week respite from their daily lives in order to focus on a new idea that needs space, or to develop an on-going project. For more information go to GlenArborArt.org/EVENTS. The GAAC is located at 6031 S. Lake St., Glen Arbor.
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.
“In a Time of Ghosts: We Celebrate the Season” brings us another poetry duet from Rosalie Petrouske and Joyce Benvenuto who will give a virtual reading, Thurs. October 22, 7 p.m. (E.S.T.) On the one hand, it is almost Halloween—this puts us in the mood for twilight images, but also, we shall be wrapped in golden autumn, so this too offers another side of poetry. Join us via Zoom to attend this virtual event. Or you may dial 929 205 6099 and use the meeting ID 891 5302 1203 to attend by telephone.
This event is sponsored by the East Lansing Public Library.
Check out the Winter 2020 issue of Sky Island Journal and enjoy Rosalie Sanara Petrouske’s poem “True North.” https://www.skyislandjournal.com/issues#/issue-11-winter-2020/
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.
Join authors, Randy D. Pearson, Rosalie Sanara Petrouske, Lori Hudson (aka Judith Wade), G.S. Scott and Brigette Thornes for the 46th Annual Island Art Fair, Saturday August 3, 2019 from 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. on Second Island in Grand Ledge. There will be over 100 artists and craftsmen, musical entertainment, food and drink, Riverboat Rides, Free Admission and Parking. Come visit Historic Grand Ledge and also your favorite Writing at the Ledges authors on Saturday.
Poetry from the Fragments of Life
Workshop Leaders Mary Fox and Rosalie Sanara Petrouske
Saturday, April 13, 10:00 a.m. – 12 noon
Thursday, April 25, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Portland District Library, 334 Kent Street, Portland, MI 48875, 517- 647-2738
This two-session workshop is suitable for teens or adults. In the first session, we will explore some ways to draw from the ordinary moments of life to create poetry. Workshop participants should bring writing material (or a laptop) and be prepared to write during the two-hour session. During the first session, we hope to give you the start to two or three poems.
In session two, we will look at ways to edit, revise, improve your poems to polish them, and provide some general tips on presenting them in their best form. We will provide participants with some resources for publishing poems or presenting them to audiences.
With the group, and Corey Grummick, we will come up with a day or evening for a celebration of poetry to share with the community.
Mary Fox is author of Waiting for Rain and the upcoming Reading Lessons (Finishing Line Press. She was co-editor of Promptly Speaking, a Writing at the Ledges anthology. She, along with Alan Harris (Fall Ball and Hospice Bed Conversations, FPL), and Rosalie Sanara Petrouske (A Postcard From My Mother and What We Keep, FLP) established, the annual Lansing area Ritzenhein Emerging Poet Award with the Lansing Poetry Club and Finishing Line Press. Mary currently serves as the Lansing Poetry Club secretary and the Ritzenhein Coordinator.
In celebration of National Poetry Month, four local poets—Joyce Benvenuto, Aram Kabodian, Rosalie Sanara Petrouske, and Ruelaine Stokes—will give a reading on Thursday, April 11, 7:30 p.m., at the East Lansing Library, 950 Abbot Rd. The theme for the evening will be “A Moment in Time.”
There will be a Q. and A. after the performance, and books will be available for signing. Poet Anita Skeen will serve as moderator.
Benvenuto taught English and creative writing at Haslett Public Schools for 18 years. She is the author of two collections of poetry: A Grand River, and Poem Journey. Her next book of poems about the southwest will be published in the fall.
Aram Kabodian taught English at both middle and high school level for many years with a short stint teaching math. He is a teacher consultant with the Red Cedar Writing Project and leads Spartan Writing Camps for youth through MSU.
Rosalie Sanara Petrouske founded Writing at the Ledges in 2005, a local writing group. She has published poems and essays, her most recent: What We Keep, a chapbook; a poem in the MSU Press anthology; And Here: 100 Years of Upper Peninsula Writing, 1917-2017.
Ruelaine Stokes teaches workshops in creative writing and the art of spoken word. She taught English as a Second Language for many years at Michigan State University and Lansing Community College. She currently serves as President of the Lansing Poetry Club. Her poems are featured in Four Against the Wall.
Are you planning to attend the Island Art Fair this weekend? Check out Writing at the Ledges in booth #22. This year, a new book by Judith Wade for middle grades/YA readers – THE WINTER ROYAL – and a new anthology featuring work by many WATL authors. New WATL Member, Brigette Thornes, will also be selling the first two books of her YA speculative fiction series, The Closing Prophecy and The Washer. Come see us and get a signed book! The Art Fair takes place on Second Island park in Grand Ledge from 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
You are cordially invited to attend Writing at the Ledges’ release celebration for our new anthology, Promptly Speaking. Join us for refreshments, to listen to Promptly Speaking authors read short pieces of their work, and to enjoy browsing Everybody Reads, Books and Stuff wonderful collection of books and gift items. Authors will gather on Friday, June 22 from 5 – 7 p.m. Everybody Reads is located at 2019 East Michigan Avenue, Lansing.