Featured Poet: Ashley Sacha

Featured Poet: Ashley Sacha

Mother’s Cookbook It was her mother’s recipe A blend of hard work, confidence, kindness As well as dash of ravishing red lipstick and a trace of Chanel no. 5 Mixed in a big theoretical pot for her daughter She was determined to give everything she wasn’t…

Featured Poet: Joseph Felkers

Featured Poet: Joseph Felkers

simple machine And if we can’t invent physics, only discover it. If every plane is named   after some outcast, man who calls himself priest, prophet, king. How can   we ever award prizes? Didn’t we say that physicists are allowed to bend   the rules?…

Featured Poet: Kim Roberts

Featured Poet: Kim Roberts

Box of Wasps Discovered in the attic, they are no less a surprise for being dead: wings like shavings of mica, forelegs bent in supplication, fat striped abdomens gone to wax behind their hourglass petioles. Had they been still living, this would be a peril, a…

The Poetic Powerhouse – KFG

The Poetic Powerhouse – KFG

  KFG began writing and performing spoken word poetry one year ago, and since those first steps, they’ve traveled around West Michigan, sharing stories of mental health, identity, sexuality, and spirituality with hundreds of audience members. They placed first in the April Mentally Distilled Poetry Slam,…

Rachel Gleason – For The Win

Rachel Gleason – For The Win

Rachel (Fantastic) Gleason slam-dunked a victory in the March 2016 Mentally Distilled Slam. A member of the Diatribe and an accomplished singer-songwriter, comedian, activist, and poet, she regularly brings audiences to tears in recognition of both their own mistakes and their own humanity. She writes about sexuality,…

Growing Pains – Ali Smith

Growing Pains – Ali Smith

Ali Smith featured alongside Motif for their combined twenty-first birthday party at The Drunken Retort in March. The crowd enjoyed honest, important poetry on topics such as abuse, disorder diagnosis, and relationships. Ali’s personal subject matter and high-energy, passionate performances have made her a Grand Rapids heartthrob in just…