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10 Things You Didn’t Know About Poetry at The University of Michigan

Posted: 3/31/2017 3:42:18 PM

1. Michigan’s MFA (Master's of Fine Arts) program is ranked second in the Nation, only behind Iowa.




2.  Current Poets

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Current poets at Michigan today include Van Jordan, Jamaal May, and Linda Gregerson.



3. Robert Frost taught at Michigan!


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Robert Frost, who taught at Michigan from 1921-1926, was the first major poet to ever be invited to become a professor in the country.



4. But Theodore Rothekey did not.


Theodore Rothekey, who is now regarded as one of the most accomplished and influential poets of his generation, was not hired by the University due to suffering from a recent mental breakdown.



5. We love poetry, and we love love.


Jane Kenyon and Donald Hall, two well known American poets, met while at the University of Michigan and later married.



6. We have inspiring women.


Tarfia Faizullah, a current visiting professor, was honored and included on Harvard Law’s list of  “Women Inspiring Change”. Other women on the list include former Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch, Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards and U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren. (Find the list here.)



7. And inspiring men, too!


Robert Hayden, who went on to become the first African American Poet Laureate, was both a student and professor at U of M.



8. #ThankYouHelenZell


The UM Helen Zell Writers’ program became permanently funded when the Zell Foundation, led by Helen Zell, donated $50 million to the university in 2013.



9. People love to hang out with us.


UM Helen Zell Writers’ program brings prominent poets and fiction writers to campus every semester, recently including Louis Gluck, Kazuo Ishiguro, and Alison Bechdel.



10. Every year, new poets come to The University of Michigan and join its lasting legacy.  


Maybe you will be next!




Make sure you come out and learn more about the #PoetsofMichigan at the Poets at Michigan, Then and Now Symposium, a part of the Bicentennial celebration.

April 7, 2017 10:00am - 4:00pm

Rogel Ballroom, Michigan Union

University of Michigan College of Literature, Science, and the Arts Bicentennial Theme Semester Event: You Are Invited

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