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Schedule of Events

We are currently in the process of finalizing the schedule for the 2018 Roethke Poetry and Arts Festival, which will take place March 23-28, 2018, in the Great Lakes Bay region.  All events listed are free and open to the public!

Friday, March 23

  • SVSU, Marshall Fredricks Museum: Poetry Slam, 7-9 pm (music and refreshments from 6:30-7 pm)

Saturday, March 24

  • Saginaw, Roethke House: Roethke House Tours, 10 am - 2 pm / River Junction Poets Reading, 2-3:30 pm
  • Midland, Creative 360: A Ted (Roethke) Talk: Wine and Conversation about Theodore Roethke and his Work," 7-9 pm

Sunday, March 25

  • Frankenmuth, St. Lorenz Lutheran Church: Cardinal Singer's Performance of "'The Waking:' Vocal Settings of Theodore Roethke," 4-5 pm

Monday, March 26

  • SVSU, Rhea Miller Recital Hall: Cardinal Singer's Performance of "'The Waking:' Vocal Settings of Theodore Roethke," 7:30-8:30 pm
  • Saginaw, Counter Culture: Poetry performance by Douglas Kearney, 2017 Roethke Memorial Poetry Prize Winner, 9:30-10:30 pm

Tuesday, March 27

  • Bay City, Wirt Library: Poetry performance by Douglas Kearney, 2017 Roethke Memorial Poetry Prize Winner, 1:30-2 pm
  • SVSU, Rhea Miller Recital Hall: 2017 Roethke Memorial Poetry Prize Ceremony, featuring Douglas Kearney, with a book signing to follow, 7-9 pm

Wednesday, March 28

  • Bay City, The State: Michigan Great Jazz Band performance, 7-9 pm