Poets were invited to submit works on the theme
Our 2023 Poetry Juror was
Marion Starling Boyer
Poetry submissions are limited to one or two 8 ½ x 11 page
(with minimum .5 inch margins)
Limit of two poems per poet for 2024.
Entry fee: $10 for one poem; $15 for two.
Poems accepted for inclusion in the festival will be presented in book form, accompanied by images of many of the visual art entries.
Winning poems will be read at the awards presentation.
There will also be opportunity for other participating poets to read their work.
Poetry books from 2023 and previous years are available at the church. Suggested donation is $5.
Marion is a Kalamazoo Valley Community College professor emeritus and has five published poetry collections. Her most recent collection, ICE HOURS, won Michigan State University's Wheelbarrow Poetry Prize (Established) and was released January 2023. She served on the board of the Kalamazoo Poetry Festival for several years.
FIRST PRIZE $300
SECOND PRIZE $200
THIRD PRIZE $100