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Theodore Roethke Poetry and Arts Festival

Join us for the Theodore Roethke Poetry & Arts Festival

The Theodore Roethke Poetry & Arts Festival is a triennial celebration of the Pulitzer-winning poet Theodore Roethke, featuring various events on SVSU’s campus and throughout the Great Lakes Bay Region community. 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 scheduled for March 17-22, 2023 (subject to change). 

Roethke Poetry and Arts Festival Prize Finalists:

  • Lorna Dee Cervantes, April On Olympus, Marsh Hawk Press 2021
  • Dorothy Chan, Revenge of the Asian Woman, Diode Edition 2019
  • Linda Hogan, A History of Kindness, Torrey House Press 2021
  • Roger Reeves, Best Barbarian, WW Norton 2022
  • CT Salazar, Headless John the Baptist Hitchhiking, Acre Books 2022
  • Sean Singer, Today in the Taxi, Tupelo Press 2022
  • Michael Torres, An Incomplete List of Names, Beacon Press 2020
  • Michael Wasson, Swallowed Light, Copper Canyon Press 2022
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Roethke Poetry Prize

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Past Prize Winners

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About Roethke

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Roethke Festival Events

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Community Writing Contest

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Center for Community Writing