Schedule of Events

All Events (except those noted) are Free and Open to the Public!

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Poetry Slam

  • Saginaw Valley State University
  • Marshall Fredrick's Sculpture Museum,on the campus of SVSU, 7400 Bay Road, University Center, MI.
  • Time - 7 p.m.
  • Free and open to the public
  • Contact information:

Adults, college students, high school and middle school students are invited to participate in a poetry slam. Winners chosen by acclamation!

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Poetry and Wine Tasting

  • “Rhyme and Wine:  A Tasting of Wine and Roethke Poetry” at Midland’s Creative 360.
  • Time - 3 p.m.
  • 1517 Bayliss, Midland, MI  48640
  • Cost:  $12, Creative 360 members; $15 non-members
  • Reservations and contact information: or 989.837.1885

Monday, November 14, 2011

Poetry Reading by prize winner

  • “From a Greenhouse”:  A late afternoon poetry reading by the prize winner at The Dow Gardens
  • Time - 4 p.m.
  • 1809 Eastman Ave., Midland, MI  48640
  • Free to public
  • Contact information: Theodore Roethke Poetry and Arts Festival event manager:

"Letters from Home"
Sponsored by River Junction Poets

  • An evening with the River Junction Poets, working title of the event: “Letters from Home.”
  • Roberta Allen Reading Room - Zahnow Library, on the campus of SVSU
  • Time -7 p.m.
  • Free to public
  • Contact information:

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

"Haunts of Roethke" Guided Tour

  • A guided “Haunts of Roethke” tour includes visits to the Roethke house, the riverfront, Oakwood Cemetery and the Schuch Hotel.  Led by SVSU English professors Ruth Sawyers and Lynne Graft.  The trip includes van transportation to sites from SVSU, admission to the Roethke House, an information booklet, and snacks and refreshments at the Schuch.
  • 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., departing from Zahnow Library, SVSU
  • Entry Fee - $30.00
  • An opportunity to view the Roethke Sculpture and centennial display.
  • Tour is sponsored by Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI):  register by contacting OLLI at 989.964.4475, or or walk-in to OLLI – SVSU, Curtiss Hall 142

The SVSU Board of Fellows Triennial Theodore Roethke Memorial Prize Award Ceremony

Sponsored by the SVSU Board of Fellows

  • The SVSU Board of Fellows Triennial Theodore Roethke Memorial Poetry Prize – SVSU campus, Rhea Miller Recital Hall – 7:00 p.m.  2011 winner, David Baker for “Never-Ending Birds.”
  • Free and open to the public
  • Book signing following
  • Contact information:

The public may attend only the Prize Ceremony.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

"Festival of Roethke Concert:  A Tribute in Four Parts"

  • First Presbyterian Church - Bay City
  • “Festival of Roethke Concert:  A Tribute in Four Parts”:a concert that includes in part, music written to Roethke poetry as well as jazz music, a favorite of Theodore Roethke
  • 7:30 p.m. (concluding approximately 9 p.m.)
  • Free and open to the public
  • At First Presbyterian Church, 805 Center Street, Bay City
  • Contact information:  Dr. Eric Nisula, professor of music, 989.790.0730


General Information, or contact Roethke event manager: .


The 2011 winner of The SVSU Board of Fellows Triennial Theodore Roethke Memorial Poetry Prize is David Baker.  Baker is a professor of English at Denison University. He is author of ten books of poetry, most recently Never-Ending Birds (2009); this is the work that is being recognized. He has taught previously at Kenyon College, the U of M, and The Ohio State University, and he is also poetry editor of The Kenyon Review. In 2001 and 2006 he served on the faculty of the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference.

An interesting sidebar to the selection is in regards to the judges: David Wagoner was a student of Theodore Roethke and has written a play about the poet. Rosanna Warren is the daughter of Robert Penn Warren, winner of the Roethke Memorial Prize in the 1970s, and author of "All the Kings Men" among other works.