Michigan Poet Visits for Reading
The Michigan Author Speaker Series at Alma College presents Grand
Rapids poet Rodney Torreson at 8 p.m. Wednesday, March 12 in the Alma
Admission is free and open to the public. Torreson will read from his published works. A book signing will take place after the reading.
Torreson is the author of three books of poetry, most recently A Breathable Light (New Issues Press, 2002). His other full-length collection is The Ripening of Pinstripes: Called Shots on the New York Yankees (Story Line Press, 1998), which was the runner-up for the Roerich Prize for first books. He also has published a chapbook, On a Moonstruck Gravel Road (Juniper Press, 1994).
of his poems recently were featured in Ted Kooser’s nationally
syndicated newspaper column, “American Life In Poetry.” Over the years
his work has appeared in many anthologies and magazines; in addition he
was the recipient of the Bentley Prize for Poetry from the Seattle
Since 1976 he has taught writing to elementary and intermediate students at Immanuel-St. James Lutheran School in Grand Rapids. He also heads several groups of young writers from elementary to college age, who meet at area restaurants once a week throughout the year. For nearly 30 years his students have published widely and consistently been winners in regional poetry contests, as well as several national competitions, including ones sponsored by Voice of Youth Advocates and the Odyssey Foundation for Teens.
Posted: Wed, March 5th, 2008 at 1:34PM