Have you been to Wenona Park lately? If you have, you probably have seen this amazing Little Free Library! This Little Free Library exists because of the efforts of a group of SVSU Foundation Scholars, an SVSU Program of Distinction, with the support of the Bay Community Writing Center.
A fourth grade class from Bangor Elementary had a contest to design the exterior of the library, and all the students did a book drive to stock the library. Check it out next time you are walking around!
Interested in getting your hands on some free literary journals? Then here's an opportunity for you! Check out our shelf on the second floor of the Wirt Library to get yours today. We have a wide range of journals, so we're sure you'll find something you'll like. The shelf is located near our usual tables; just look for our sign.
Poetry is often a solitary activity. As poets, we spend hours alone writing about what we observe, what we experience, and what overflows from our emotions. But the great tragedy of being a poet is the fact that many of the lines we toil over in contemplative silence will never be seen or heard in the light of day. An overwhelming sense of despair can fill the poet who feels his or her art will never be fully appreciated, and that s/he will live in a perpetual state of obscurity.
What if it did not have to be this way? What if there was a community of like-minded people who fully understand the challenges and joys of being a poet? This is why we decided to create “The Poets’ Group.”
“The Poets’ Group" will be a community where anyone who writes poetry can come and share their work. Starting on June 18th, and continuing every third Tuesday of each month, we will meet in the Wirt library (500 Center Avenue) from 5-6 p.m. We will read one or two of our own poems and have an opportunity to receive and give feedback. In doing so, we will simultaneously become better writers while creating a vibrant poetic community.
Our hope for this community is to draw poets from all walks of life, from every background, and to create an environment where they feel heard, appreciated, and understood. After all, poetry does not have to remain a solitary pursuit. Join us for “The Poets’ Group” starting on June 18th, and let’s create a community where poetry is celebrated and the poet is no longer alone.
Questions? Contact the BCWC at email@example.com or call us at 989.964.2829.
Thank you to everyone who was able to attend the release of Still Life 2018! We had around 70 people come and go to celebrate the poetry inside the book--and outside of it during the poetry slam. Shout out to our poetry slam winners: Jordy, Martin Nelson, and Emilio.
It was a lovely evening made possible through the hard work of many, including Chris Giroux, the Writing Center's assistant director, Hannah Mose, the layout and design wiz, and Dr. Mridha, Still Life's funder.
How can you get a copy of Still Life 2018? Come see us at the Bay Community Writing Center or check out the digital version here: svsu.edu/writingcenter/stilllife/
Don't forget to submit for our next issue of Still Life! Details can be found under our "Events" tab.
The “Write Your Future Michigan Governor” postcard campaign was held in October 2018, prior to the gubernatorial election. The idea behind this postcard writing campaign was simple: we asked our Michigan residents to share their hopes, dreams, and concerns about our state with the incoming governor.
This project was a collaboration between the Bay and Saginaw Community Writing Centers, the Great Lakes Bay Region YWCA, and the SVSU Center for Community Engagement.
Over 3,500 postcards were distributed throughout the Great Lakes community; most of these cards were mailed out to local K-12 schools, with 51 teachers from 18 different school districts requesting postcards for their classroom or school. Over 1,500 postcards have been returned to date.
“We had anticipated receiving a few hundred postcards at the end of this campaign, said Helen Raica-Klotz, the Writing Center Director. “We were surprised – and very happy – with the number of postcards we did receive.”
Some hopes for the new governor expressed by the writers included addressing the Flint water crisis, fixing the deteriorating roads, addressing the lack of affordable health care, preventing school shootings, protecting the Great Lakes, and providing more funding for local schools. These postcards are currently on display in the SVSU Writing Center, 250 Zahnow, and will be mailed in mid-January to the incoming Governor Gretchen Whitmer.
“This campaign was important because it gave voice to many of our Michigan residents who are still elementary, middle, or high school students and are not able to vote – but they will one day soon. I hope by writing this postcard, each student understood that they can participate in the government by communicating their ideas through writing,” said Raica-Klotz.
Emma Kirsch is the Coordinator for both the Saginaw and Bay Community Writing Centers. As Coordinator, she not only develops and facilitates workshops, partners with community members, and distributes promotional materials, but also works alongside tutors both in the community and as a tutor at Saginaw Valley State University’s Writing Center.