Thursday, January 5
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 Midwest Writing Center throughout National Poetry Month in April and will facilitate 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 Midwest Writing Center in Davenport.
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 Midwest Writing Center, facilitates Slam poetry competitions and poetry workshops, and is an active participant in the 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.
The mentor for the 2012 Collins Poetry Residency is Ryan Collins (son of Richard Collins), a 2009 poet-in-residence for Quad City Arts, whose residency design served as the model for MWC's Collins Poetry Residency. MWC remains indebted to Ryan's generosity and continued support of community-based poetry.
Ryan Collins resides in Rock Island, Ill., and is the author of the chapbook, Complicated Weather (Rocktown Press 2009). His poems have appeared in many journals and magazines including Greatcoat, Sentence, and Third Coast. He teaches college English and leads various writing workshops for Quad City Arts, the Moline and Bettendorf Public Libraries, and the Midwest Writing Center. Ryan also serves on MWC's Board of Directors.
(photo by River Cities' Reader)