MARQUETTE - As a sign of appreciation for the support Whitman Elementary School has provided their program over the years, Northern Michigan University education students and faculty have arranged a visit by Michigan poet Terry Wooten.

He will meet with Whitman students on Wednesday, April 17, to help them write and understand poetry.  Wooten weaves classic literature with ancient, contemporary and children's poetry into an entertaining and educational program.

In 1980, Wooten met poet Max Ellison, who taught him the magic of the oral tradition.  He has worked in the bard tradition ever since, building his oral repertoire to more than eight hours.  Blending his own writing and the work of more than 90 other poets, Wooten takes requests from audience members of all ages and recites the poems in jukebox fashion.

He has taken his programs to K-12 schools, colleges, universities and libraries over the past 18 years.  Wooten has also performed for the Michigan Humanities Council's touring programs since the early '80s.  He received a 2001 Michigan Creative Artist Grant Award for poetry and the 1997 Creative Artist Award from the Arts Foundation of Michigan.

Wooten's "Poetry Frozen in Time" program at Whitman Elementary School is funded by an Academic Service Learning grant received through NMU.  Professor Delinda Lybrand's English language arts students, most of whom work at Whitman, helped coordinate the visit.

"For more information, contact student James Rautiola at jrautiol@mu.edu Editor's Note: Media are welcome to cover Wooten's visit to Whitman.Ê He will be at the school from 9-11:15 a.m. and from 12:45-3 p.m., meeting mostly with two grade levels at a time.Ê Wooten and the entire student body will gather from 2:10-3 p.m. in the gym."

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Kristi Evans
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