Inspired by the crash-community of Covid-19 and the erosion of borders of (everything but physical/social) distance, I had the idea, in March 2021, to create this site—to bring Michigan poetry together into one place. PEN/INSULA POETRY is a hub. A headquarters. A hall. A pub. A space. A virtual place for fans of Michigan poetry to see where poetry is happening all across the mitten. And a place for poets to connect and convene.

In addition to being the place to find Michigan poetry events, organizations and resources, PEN/INSULA POETRY will feature a bi-monthly online reading series—free and open to all, that will feature two prominent Michigan resident poets in conversation and reading new work on Zoom. These readings will continue indefinitely, vaccine or no vaccine—so no matter where you are, you can still catch Michigan poets reading in your living room! 

Follow us on Facebook to stay up-to-date with all the poetry happenings across the mitten state! And be sure to send me messages through the CONTACT link--if you know of something you want to share. 

Yours, in poetry, in Michigan—and everywhere—

Robert Fanning

Director, PEN/INSULA Poetry

Facilitator & Host, The Wellspring Literary Series

Poet & Professor of English/Creative Writing, Central Michigan University

Mount Pleasant, MI