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The Theodore Roethke Poetry & Arts Festival, last held March 23-28, 2018, is a triennial celebration of the Pulitzer-winning poet Theodore Roethke, featuring various events throughout the Great Lakes Bay Region. The highlight of this festival features the visit of a national poet who is the recipient of the Theodore Roethke Memorial Poetry Prize.  To learn more about this festival or past winners of the prize, please explore our website.  The next Roethke Poetry and Arts Festival is tentatively scheduled for 2021.

‌The 2018 Theodore Roethke Poetry & Arts Festival was made possible in part by a grant from the Michigan Humanities Council, an affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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Festival Chair

Helen Raica-Klotz


Zahnow Library, 250