Friday, January 20, 2012

Performance poet Andrew Ziegler to serve in residence during April’s National Poetry Month

The Midwest Writing Center has announced that Andrew Ziegler has been selected as the poet-in-residence for the 2012 Collins Poetry Residency. Ziegler will serve as the resident poet at the MWC throughout National Poetry Month in April and will facilitate a series of events including area poetry workshops, a community poetry reading, and an online poetry journal. Through the residency, Ziegler will encourage community-based poets who are developing their craft outside of a formal academic setting, and to provide a forum to showcase their work through the residency’s online poetry journal and a public reading of their poems April 25 at 7 p.m. at the MWC in Davenport.

Ziegler said, “Poetry is inspired by the pulse of the human heart and is made to reflect the pulse of the moment during which it was conceived. Nothing is off limits in poetry because it’s all experimentation. Poetry is simply an essay on life.”

Over the month of April, Ziegler will engage the community in a variety of poetry events that will inspire others to share poetry related to “the echo.” Ziegler will share poems from the community in an online poetry journal that facilitates a dialogue of poems that speak to the larger influence of sound in poetry and the reverberation of the echo. More information and the call for submissions to the online poetry journal are available at Poems may be submitted to and must be original and previously unpublished.

Ziegler is a graduate of the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs with a bachelor’s degree in English. He is a volunteer for the MWC, facilitates Slam poetry competitions and poetry workshops, and is an active participant in Out Loud and other events. In his college experience, Andrew served as a poetry club member who organized and promoted workshops, slams, readings, and road trips. As a performance poet, he has been known to accentuate the end of a poem with a back flip because he believes that poetry is integral to the celebration of life—poetry that is alive, speaks to the human condition, and one of the best ways to tell a story.

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