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This event is included with your admission to Dow Gardens or purchase of an annual pass. 

Friday, July 8
7:00PM - 8:00PM
Dow Gardens

Come enjoy an evening of delightful poetry written and read by Skip Renker, Larry Levy, Arra Ross, and Thaddeus Harmon. Following the reading, enjoy light refreshments while you get to know the poets outside the home of Herbert H. and Grace A. Dow.


F.W. “Skip” Renker of Midland, Michigan has poems in numerous journals and anthologies, including The Atlanta Review, Poetry Midwest, and Passages North, as well as two collections, Birds of Passage (Delta Press) and Sifting the Visible (Mayapple Press).  Professor Emeritus of English at Delta College, he now teaches meditation and world religions courses and is married to Julia Fogarty, also an English professor.


Arra Ross is the author of the novel-in-verse, Seedlip and Sweet Apple, published by Milkweed Editions. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in journals including The Iowa Review, Prairie Schooner, Hayden’s Ferry, Tupelo Quarterly, Alimentum, and Spoon River Poetry Review. The recipient of an Academy of American Poets Prize, her work has also been featured on Verse Daily and the Academy of American Poets' Poem-a-Day series.  She teaches creative writing at Saginaw Valley State University, where she also runs the Voices in the Valley Reading Series. She lives on the Pine River with her husband and son.


Larry Levy’s poems have appeared in The Virginia Quarterly Review, Wyoming Review, Poet and Critic, Poet Lore, The Driftwood Review, Controlled Burn, Third Wednesday, South Carolina Review and other magazines.  For the last three years he has judged Third Wednesday’s poetry contest. A collection I Would Stay Forever If I Could and New Poems is in a second expanded printing from Mayapple Press. Retired from teaching at every level from pre-school to graduate school, Larry and his wife live in Midland, Michigan where they direct plays and conduct workshops on acting and writing for the Midland Center for the Arts.


Whilst participating in the need-money-fantasy Thaddeus Harmon also assiduously disincorporates ideas with his mind-stuffs amongst potted plants and tapestries while Shannon, his wife, harpsichords the latent inspiration out of the electric wall sockets, lighting old salts, testing oils--camera angles. Overall, it’s a succulent domestic scene. 

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