Grand Rapids Poet Laureate

About the Grand Rapids Poet Laureate Program

The Poet Laureate is a celebrant and ambassador of poetry for the City of Grand Rapids, creating programs and projects to foster the writing and reading of poetry by the public. During the three year term, the Poet Laureate engages the community through three distinct projects.

The Grand Rapids Poet Laureate has a love of and commitment to poetry. They are passionate about acting as an ambassador of poetry and have a strong desire to engage Grand Rapidians of all ages and from all walks of life in projects and programs.

Current Poet Laureate

Marcel “Fable” Price has been named the Poet Laureate of the greater Grand Rapids area for a three–year term starting in April 2017.

Price, also known as Fable the Poet, is a writer, teaching artist, performer, and motivational speaker. He is the author of Adrift in a Sea of M&Ms, a collection of poems that navigates through mixed race issues and mental disorders. Fable the Poet tours nationally and works extensively with youth. He is an official partner of Mental Health America and is an advocate for the importance of mental health awareness among children and teens.

Fable the Poet is known for his interactive readings and performances that leave audiences enlightened and empowered. He is a member of The Diatribe, a group of wordsmiths, rappers, hip-hop artists, poets and storytellers, that perform in Grand Rapids.

Price remarked, “I am a poet for the people, all people. I am using many of our city’s flagship events, organizations, and most premier artists to bring poetry to the masses. In my role as Poet Laureate, I will continue to do so, but aiming higher, and further than before.”

Local Poetry Resources

Annual Kent County Dyer Ives Poetry Competition

Electric Poetry from WYCE

Great Lakes Commonwealth of Letters

Through the 3rd Eye – Michigan and Great Lakes Poetry Journal


The Poet Laureate of Grand Rapids program is based at the Grand Rapids Public Library and supported with funds from: