The Postcard Poetry Project | A Space To Speak

Presented by Kyd Kane, Grand Rapids Poet Laureate

About the Postcard Poetry Project

Create poetry. Share it with your community. Use your Space to Speak.

The Grand Rapids Poet Laureate Kyd Kane invites poets and artists of all ages to create poetry and share it with your community. Poems and artwork will be featured in a digital and in-person exhibit during the summer. Pick up a postcard at any GRPL location and use your Space to Speak.

This project, and the Grand Rapids Poet Laureate Program, are funded by a generous grant from the Grand Rapids Public Library Foundation

Instructions

  1. Pick up a postcard at any GRPL location.
  2. Use your ‘space to speak’, answering questions and filing your postcard with poetry and art.
  3. Drop off your card at any GRPL location.
  4. Watch for our digital and physical exhibits during Summer 2022.

Poetry Prompts

Write an ekphrastic poem
A poem inspired by: 

  • a piece of art
  • a photograph
  • best/worst day
  • a news item
  • what you see out the window
  • a favorite word, quote, or idea.

Write a letter poem to a fictional character or someone in history

About the Poet Laureate

The Poet Laureate is an 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.

About the Current Poet Laureate

Ericka “Kyd Kane” Thompson is a self-taught, multi-disciplined visual artist, poet and, most importantly, beacon of peace and love; born and raised on Grand Rapids southeast side.

For Kyd, creativity has always been a source of joy, an origin for clarity and a means for survival. Through childhood trauma, adulthood pain and everything in between, each creation allows her to fill holes, to feel whole, to feel real and to connect with others. Kyd uses self expression to generate social dialogue about the good and bad of the human experience, by exploring themes such as; poverty, privilege, gentrification, resilience and identity through community conversation, poem, installation, video, and photography.

Kyd’s work has taken her to stages, institutes, galleries and theatres including the Detroit Masonic Temple, the Michigan State Capitol buildingKalamazoo Institute of Art, Unity Center of Peace in Chapel Hill, NCUrban Institute for Contemporary Arts and SiTE:LAB, among others. Her voice has been featured on NPRWYCE Electric PoetryTEDx, and on the intros, interludes and outros of various musical artists from all over the country.

This Project is on View:

View the digital exhibition of the Postcard Poetry Project at any time through this link

The Postcard Poetry Project is on view during open hours at the following library locations:

May 14 – May 31, 2022
Main Library – 111 Library Street NE

June 1 – June 14, 2022
Madison Branch – 1201 Madison Ave SE

June 15 – June 28, 2022
Ottawa Hills Branch – 1150 Giddings SE

June 29 – July 12, 2022
Seymour Branch – 2350 Eastern SE

July 13 – July 26, 2022
Van Belkum Branch – 1563 Plainfield NE

July 27 – August 9, 2022
West Leonard – 1017 Leonard NW

August 10 – August 23, 2022
West Side Branch – 713 Bridge St NW

August 24 – September 2, 2022
Yankee Clipper Branch – 2025 Leonard NE

Both the digital and traveling exhibition will be updated throughout the summer. 

Closing Celebration

Kyd Kane Presents the Poetry Postcard Project: A Space to Speak Celebration
Friday, September 2, 2022, 4:00 – 5:30
Main Library – 111 Library Street NE

This spring, poets from  West Michigan came together and found their Space to Speak, creating a traveling poetry project that spanned the streets, neighborhoods, and libraries of our city. Now it’s time to celebrate our achievement! Join the Grand Rapids Poet Laureate Kyd Kane and area poets as we celebrate poetry, creativity, and the people that found their Space to Speak.

Kyd’s Book Recommendations

Kyd has found inspiration in these books and hopes you will too.