Artifactory is an annual collision between poetry & Kalamazoo/southwest Michigan artifacts & history. During Artifactory, historical commentary is given by experts and winning poems are read by the poets. This fusion of poetry and history has included topics such as blizzards, parks, tornadoes, one-way streets, celery, corsets, Gibson guitars, Elvis spottings, Michigan summers, Michigan winters, Checker Cabs, and, of course, the Kalamazoo mummy.

Friends of Poetry collaborated with the Kalamazoo Valley Museum on this venture from 2004-2017. After a two-year hiatus, the project resumed in 2019 with Zhang Legacy Collections Center hosting the event and providing historical commentary inspired by the selected poems.

Itching to write a poem inspired by Kalamazoo history, but not sure about what? (Hint: Peruse the Archives and Regional History Collections housed at the Zhang Legacy Collections Center.)

If you would like your poem about a Kalamazoo event, street, business, product, or person to be considered for Artifactory, paste your poem(s) in the body of the email between August 1 and September 15 and send to Format the title of your email subject: Last Name, First Name, Artifactory Submission.

Poems accepted for this event may also be included in a future an Artifactory anthology.