2018-06-30 / News

Poetry Program at Grand Hotel Will Begin July 11

The 2018 Poets at the Grand program will begin Wednesday, July 11, with an exploration of the work of Elizabeth Barrett Browning. The sessions will be held each Wednesday from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the Audubon Lounge on the parlor level of Grand Hotel. The course lasts through August.

The poetry classes are taught by Mackinac Island summer resident and poet James P. Lenfestey. Mr. Lenfestey is a former journalist and college teacher who has published six poetry collections, a collection of essays, articles, and a memoir. He also chaired the Literary Witnesses Poetry Series in Minneapolis for 15 years. This summer marks his 14th season leading poetry classes at Grand Hotel.

During each poetry class, Mr. Lenfestey will share a poet he greatly admires. During the last session August 29, participants will share or recite their favorite poem. The full schedule of poets to be covered in this year’s poetry lessons follows:

July 11: Elizabeth Barrett Browning (1806 – 1861)

July 18: e. e. cummings (1894 – 1962)

July 25: Anna Akmatova (1889 – 1966)

August 1: Czeslaw Milosz (1911 – 2004)

August 8: Tom Lux (1946 – 2017)

August 15: Gregory Orr (1947 – )

August 22: Fleda Brown

(1944 – )

August 29: Share or recite your own favorite poem.

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