GRCC Alum Eric Greinke Honored With Allen Ginsberg Award

GRCC graduate and Rockford poet Eric Greinke (who participated in sessions and read his work at the Poets’ Conference) has been awarded the 2012 Allen Ginsberg Award from the Paterson Literary Review, an important journal published in the heart of New Jersey’s Whitman/Williams/Ginsberg/Baraka landscape. Eric will be formally given the award in February of 2013; it’s a major accomplishment for him, as this award normally goes to high-profile beat and post-beat writers. He remarks that he was just trying to be published in the magazine for the first time, and they rewarded him with the award.  Congratulations!

In case you missed it, here is his performance at the GRCC Poets’ Conference:

Final Tally and Thanks From the Grand Rapids Poets’ Conference

David Cope, Program Coordinator for the recent GRCC Poets’ Conference collected these statistics from the event that happened over April 2-5, 2012.

Tally:

  • Events: 16 total events
  • Tally of audiences: 837 people attended the events (head count)
  • Performing Poets: 44 (14 featured poets, 30 poets at open mics)
  • Special Note: Mayor Heartwell’s welcoming speech at opening

Thanks:

1. The Humanities Council of Grand Rapids, The Arts Council of Greater Grand Rapids (with special thanks to Caroline Older and Angela de Luca Placencia for all their help and guidance through this entire 10 months of work).
2. The Grand Rapids Public Library (especially Tim Gleisner and Chris Byron), the Kent District Libraries (Cheryl Garrison).
3. The fourteen featured poets and 30 poets who performed at the open mics.
4. Presidents Ender and Haas (GVSU) and Mayor George Heartwell, for their letters of support. Also, to Cheryl Garrison (KDL), Linda Patterson (Dyer-Ives Foundation) for additional letters of support.
5. The Michigan Council of Arts and Cultural Affairs
6. Judith Larsen and Lisa Dopke, for their advice and patience in helping me write the grant.
7. Provost Gilda Gely and Dean Laurie Chesley.
8. The GRCC English Department, especially my department chair (Janice Balyeat) and support committee (Maryann Lesert, Kim Wyngarden, Katie Kalisz)
9. Klaas Kwant and the recording technicians at GRCC
10. Custodial staffs at Sneden Hall and the GRCC Library (especially Mike Rowe, Dewayn Faber, and Bryan Wible).
11. Becky Yoder, for her careful and supportive work in finding venues for the conference.
12. Raul Alvarez, Vicki Hudson, Dan Syckle, and Andrew Schmidt, for superb help in developing the conference website, the conference poster, and for timely press releases and promotion.
13. Ric Underhile, for oversight on my work as a whole for the period from May 2011 to May 2012.
14. Chief Rebecca Whitman for her advice on parking.
15. Nan Schichtel and the GRCC Library for organization and promotion of the event, and for their Selected Bibliography of Grand Rapids Poets’ Works.
16. Printing Services for the poster.
17. Ben Wright and Todd Torrey for audio-visual and technology at the sessions.
18. Heath Chelesvig for audience response forms.
19. Dan Zehr and other food service personnel for refreshments provided at evening readings.
20. Vicki Janowiak for advice on venues, parking, other concerns, and—with police and custodians—for moving a tornado drill so that it wouldn’t conflict with an important panel.
21. The Literary Life Bookstore (Zachary Tomaszewski) and WYCE Electric Poetry Radio Show (Deirdre Chervenka Cunningham), for their help with the reading series conference.
22. The students and staff of Through the 3rd Eye poetry website for their stellar discussions of how the website works and educates young poets in aspects of the craft.
23. James Holyfield, accounting.
24. Amy Kirkbride, for help in solving countless large and small concerns as the conference developed.
25. Laszlo Slomovits, Hungarian guitarist who came from Ann Arbor to perform with Linda Nemec Foster.
26. Ron Pederson, sculptor, who performed with his wife, poet Miriam Pederson, in their ekphrasis lecture and demonstration.
27. Stewart Krulikowski, for book sales at all four readings.

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Poets’ Conference Readings – Video

This week, GRCC hosted the historic first Grand Rapids Poets’ Conference, featuring poets from GRCC, Grand Valley State University, Aquinas College and Calvin College, all four Grand Rapids Poets Laureate, as well as those poets who have made livings and published extensively beyond academe, activist poets, and those who have developed quietly over decades of work.  This video of some of the readings from the conference is now available courtesy of GRCC’s Media Technologies Department:

GRCC Poets Conference Kicks Off – Photos and Video

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GRCC is hosting the historic first Grand Rapids Poets’ Conference, featuring poets from GRCC, Grand Valley State University, Aquinas College and Calvin College, all four Grand Rapids Poets Laureate, as well as those poets who have made livings and published extensively beyond academe, activist poets, and those who have developed quietly over decades of work.

The 4-day event will take place April 2-5, with panels and sessions in 108 Sneden Hall by day and readings on the 2nd floor of the library by night. In addition, there will be readings by local prize winners as well as open mic readings.

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All events are free to the public and supported by GRCC, the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs, and the Arts Council of Greater Grand Rapids.