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Painting by Matt Lewis
Photo by Julie Lake

September 25: Brewtopia Coffee Shop (810 Saginaw St., Bay City) will feature the work of Midland writer John Palen at its monthly poetry and open mic event.  Palen will read from his short fiction and poetry at about 7:30 p.m., after a 7 p.m. set by the 1960s folk-rock group, The Last Folk-N-Roll Band. An open mic will follow.

Palen has been writing and publishing poetry for about forty years. His most recent books are Open Communion: New and Selected Poems, published by Mayapple Press; Harry Truman All the Way, by Pudding House Publications; and Drizzle and Plum Blossoms, with Li C. Tien, a chapbook of poems translated from Chinese, published by March Street Press. Having retired in May after working 26 years in the Journalism Department at Central Michigan University, Palen is now working on a collection of short stories and teaching a class at Delta College.

The Last Folk-N-Roll Band was formed in 2004 by guitar player and singer Rick Gellise and the late Mike Czerwinski. Guitar player Dan Mazur joined the band in 2005. Drummer Scott Causley and bassist Jim Davenport round out the group.

September 26: Butman-Fish Library Offers a Poe Poetry Slam: In honor of poet and short-story writer Edgar Allan Poe's 200th birthday, the River Junction Poets are hosting a poetry event at the Butman-Fish Library (1716 Hancock, Saginaw) from 10 a.m. to noon. Poetry lovers should bring a poem in a Poe genre, or an orginal poem, or simply come to enjoy the poetry of others.

October 1: Barnes & Noble (3311 Tittabawassee Rd.) will be the site of a birthday reading in honor of Wallace Stevens, insurance company lawyer by day, poet by night. It will begin at 7 p.m.

October 22: Creative 360 (formerly known as the Creative Spirit Center, 1517 Bayliss, Midland) will play host to "My Favorite Poem" event. Attendees are asked to bring a favorite poem to share aloud with others. Start time is 7 p.m.