Celebration Held for Famed Saginaw Poet

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University of Michigan professor Keith Taylor reads his poetry

A famous Saginaw poet may be gone but his legacy lives on as dozens of people celebrated the 108th birthday of Pulitzer Prize winner Theodore H. Roethke Wednesday, May 25.

Held at Roethke’s childhood home at 1805 Gratiot Ave., the party featured the poetry of University of Michigan professor Keith Taylor, a backyard community art project, student writers and music by Major Chords for Minors.
University of Michgan professor Keith Taylor reads his poetry
University of Michigan professor Keith Taylor reads his poetry

Friends of Theodore Roethke president Annie Ransford says they celebrate his birthday to bring attention to the poet.

“We want to do things here. We want community outreach. We just don’t want to be insulated for scholars and researchers. We want to reach out and make him vital and viable.”

Ransford says she’s proud of the work they’ve accomplished to bring awareness of Roethke’s writing to the area, but says there’s still a lot more work to be done.

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