Portrait by Ann Townsend

David Barker is the winner of the Roethke Prize, a triennual award sponsored by the SVSU Board of Fellows given for a book published in the previous three years which has made an important contribution to American poetry. Barker's title Never-Ending Birds earned him this honor. 

Upcoming SVSU Roethke Prize November dates to note on calendars:

Saturday, November 12:  Poetry Slam – Marshall Fredericks Gallery 7:00 pm – no charge (Poets welcome to show up and read)

Sunday, November 13:  Rhyme and Wine (poetry and wine tasting) - Creative 360 Midland 3:00 pm - $12.00 members; $15.00 non-members. (Tickets sold at door or in advance - 989-837-1885)

Monday, November 14:  “From a Greenhouse” (David Baker) – Dow Gardens, Midland – 4:00 pm – no charge

Monday, November 14:  “Letters from Home” (River Junction Poets) – Robert Allen Reading Room 4th Floor SVSU Library 7:00 pm – no charge

Tuesday, November 15: Guided tour of Saginaw and Roethke House (departs from 1st Floor SVSU Library) 10:00 am – 2:00 pm – $30.00 (reservations through OLLI)

Tuesday, November 15: Roethke Prize Presentation – Rhea Miller Recital Hall/ Curtiss Hall - 7:00 pm – no charge

Wednesday, November 16 - Concert - First Presbyterian Church, Bay City – 7:30 pm -–no charge


David Baker 2011 Roethke prize winner can be checked out at and more. Note that Saginaw, Bay City and Midland are included this year in the prize celebration and that Charles Davenport will give a guided tour of Roethke House on Tuesday, November 15th.