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GRCC instructor launches poetry collection

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A book of poetry featuring Grand Rapids poets will be launched today, and its proceeds will go toward funding the Grand Rapids poet laureate fund.

The book, entitled “Song of the Owashtanong:  Grand Rapids Poetry in the 21st Owashtanong Front CoverCentury,” was edited by GRCC instructor David Cope, who is also a Grand Rapids Poet Laureate It includes poems entirely pertaining to West Michigan by many accomplished Grand Rapids Poets.

Besides Cope, published poets include Grand Rapids’ first poet laureate, Linda Nemec-Foster, GRCC instructor Mursalata Muhammad and former GRCC student Azizi Jasper.

“Both the publisher (M. L. Liebler) and the poets have foregone any sort of stipend or pay for their work here,” Cope wrote in an email. “This is so that all proceeds from “Song of the Owashtanong:  Grand Rapids Poetry in the 21st Century” will go toward replenishing the laureate fund, which was left nearly exhausted when the Greater Grand Rapids Arts Council turned it over to the library.”

The book launch will take place 7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. today in Ryerson Auditorium at the Grand Rapids Main Library, located at 111 Library St. NE in Grand Rapids.

There will be a book signing after the event.

Schuler’s Books is the exclusive bookseller for this book, and the price is $12.95.

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