A “Ted (Roethke) Talk and Tasting” will take place on Saturday, March 24 from 7 to 9 p.m. at Creative 360, 1517 Bayliss in Midland. Mike Kolleth, vice-president of Friends of Theodore Roethke, will offer a brief history of the late poet. Writer Jeff VandeZande will read from his novel, “American Poet,” which features scenes from Saginaw and the Roethke home. Wine tasting will accompany both presentations. Free and open to the public.
This event is part of the Theodore Roethke Poetry and Arts Festival, a triennial celebration of the late Pulitzer Prize-winning poet from Saginaw. Sponsored by Saginaw Valley State University, festival venues stretch across the Great Lakes Bay Region from March 23-28. All events are free and open to the public, funded in part by a grant from the Michigan Humanities Council, an affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Other activities include a poetry slam, Roethke House tours, Choir performances, Michigan Jazz Trail performance, “Write Like Roethke” poetry contest.
For more information about the Roethke Festival events, visit www.svsu.edu/roethke or contact Helen Raica-Klotz at 989-964-6062.
About Creative 360
Creative 360 is a not-for-profit community arts and wellness organization founded in 1994. Its mission is to create environments that allow people of all ages and abilities to experience the creative process, and to enhance physical, mental and spiritual wellness through the arts and humanities. The organization’s core values of inclusiveness, creativity, respect and community drive the culture at Creative 360. Activities at Creative 360 are supported in part by the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs, a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts, Midland Area Community Foundation and the Herbert H. and Grace A. Dow Foundation.