The Waterford Township 2015 Poetry Leaves Project

The Waterford Township has been awarded a grant of $2,025 from the State of Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs (MCACA) for the 2015 Poetry Leaves Project.  The grant was awarded through the MCACA peer review process and was one of 494 applications to compete for MCACA fiscal year 2015 funding.
Organizations receiving a MCACA grant award are required to match those funds with other public and private dollars.  Local support of the project included a matching amount from the Waterford Township Public Library.  The Poetry Leaves project also receives significant volunteer support from the community. 
The Poetry Leaves Project is designed to bring poetry into the everyday experience of Waterford Township residents by offering a series of activities in which residents can participate to increase their awareness, understanding and involvement in creating and appreciating poetry as an art form. 
Residents are encouraged to submit an original piece of poetry work.  One submission from each author will be laminated onto a leaf shape and hung from trees throughout the Waterford Township Campus from April 29th through May 30th.  Submissions can be made by going to the library’s website or through which also lists the scheduled events for the project.
The series of events will be held as part of the Poetry Leaves project at the Waterford Township Public Library through May 30th.  The ribbon cutting ceremony for the project will be April 29th at the Waterford Township Public Library from 5:30 – 7:30.  Thomas Lynch, renown Michigan writer and poet will hold a reading that evening in celebration of the project. 
The MCACA peer review process allows for each grant application to be competitively considered by a panel of in-state and out-of-state arts and culture professionals.  This ensures the taxpayers, who support this project through legislative appropriation, and all other visitors or residents in Michigan will have access to the highest quality arts and cultural experiences.
A complete list of grant awards around the state is available by contacting MCACA at 517-241-4011, or by visiting the MCACA website

2015 Schedule of Events

Wednesday, February 25, 6:00p-7:30p
Premiere screening of Poetry Leaves Documentary. You saw the Street Exhibition of Poetry, now see the documentary. Community Room. No registration required.

Tuesday, March 10, 6:00p-7:30p
“Speaking Skills for Poets and Writers,” presented by Linda Anger, President of Detroit Working Writers.
Participants will learn how the best poets and writers prepare for readings, including a few secrets for keeping calm and staying focused. Participants should bring a 3-4 line “bio” of how they would like to be introduced at a speaking event and a short poem (no more than 15 lines) or a single paragraph from a story or essay they are writing. All will have an opportunity to practice. Community Room. No cost to attend. REGISTRATION REQUIRED.

Wednesday, April 1, 6:00p-7:30p
Kick Off Celebration – An Evening with Poet M. L. Liebler
April is National Poetry Month and what better way to start off our submittals for this year’s Street Exhibition of Poetry than with a poetry workshop and reading by nationally known poet, M. L. Liebler. Join us to mingle with other poets and poetry lovers, learn about this year’s exhibition, and maybe write your entry during the workshop. Community Room. No cost to attend. Register through the Library’s online Calendar of Events.

April 1 through April 22
Poetry submittals for inclusion in the Street Exhibition of Poetry on the Civic Center Campus will be accepted using the electronic submittal form on the Library’s website.

Thursday, April 16, 6:00p-7:30p
“The Music of Language” presented by Don Levin, Professor and Dean of Faculty at Marygrove College.
Participants are encouraged to compose a short poem based on their response to music. Community Room. No cost to attend. Register through the Library’s online Calendar of Events.

Wednesday, April 29, 5:30p
Poetry Leaves Street Exhibition Opening and Ribbon Cutting
Ribbon cutting with the at the entrance to Township Hall, 5200 Civic Center Drive after which you can stroll the campus reading the poems hanging in the trees.
5:45p-6:45p – following ribbon cutting
Thomas Lynch, nationally renowned and locally grown poet, will read his poetry in the auditorium of Township Hall. Followed by an afterglow with light refreshments.

April 29 through May 31
Poetry will be exhibited in the trees on the Civic Center Campus throughout the month of May. Stroll through our beautiful, walkable campus and enjoy the poetry!