Friends of Poetry, Inc.,
is a 35-year-old collective of writers and lovers of writing in the greater Kalamazoo, Michigan area who seek to promote the
enjoyment of the reading and writing of poetry.
What makes poetry alive and vital
is its relationship to the community. Friends of Poetry enjoys collaborating with other Kalamazoo groups and institutions. They
have worked with Pen Dragons Calligraphy Guild, Log Cabin quilt makers, Kalamazoo Community Chorale, Kalamazoo Institute of
Arts, the Kalamazoo Public Library, the Kalamazoo Valley Museum, and now, The Smoking Poet.
Friends of Poetry has come from Poems
on Buses to the “Poems That Ate Our Ears,” a contest for children through 12th grade. Winning poems appear on
buildings throughout the city of Kalamazoo, painted on walls as murals by local artists.
Friends of Poetry is the sponsor of
Putting on the Dog: The Smoking Poet Celebrates 5, our celebration of five years showcasing the finest in literature and cigars, on Thursday, April 28, at 7 p.m., The Wine
Loft in Kalamazoo.
Learn more about Friends of Poetry
on their fan page on Facebook. Join and be a friend of poetry. Friends of Poetry, we salute you!
~ Thank you to Friends of Poetry President Elizabeth
Kerlikowske for providing the above information.