MARQUETTE – To celebrate National Poetry Month, Martin Achatz and Beverly Matherne of the Northern Michigan University English department will give a poetry reading at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 22, at the Country Village Bookstore and Coffee House off US 41 in Ishpeming. The event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served, and books will be available for signing after the reading.
Achatz received his master of fine arts degree in poetry from NMU. His book of poetry, The Mysteries of the Rosary, published by Mayapple Press, focuses on the sacred rhythms of life in the Upper Peninsula. Acahatz resides in Ishpeming with his wife and daughter.
Matherne, director of the MFA program in creative writing at NMU, received her doctorate in English, with a specialty in drama, from Saint Louis University. Her third and fourth collections of poetry, Grand Point and The Blues Cryin’, are from Cross-Cultural in New York. She is the French translator of The Artist, a portfolio edition of poetry by former U.S. Poet Laureate Stanley Kunitz, published in honor of the poet’s 100th birthday. Matherne also resides in Ishpeming.