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New summer program for poets

ALPENA, Mich.– A new summer program for teens is in the works, and the founders want your help to make it happen.

Mitchel Dipzinski is a former Alpena student and University of Michigan alumnus. He started the poetics lab with his friend, Dominique Witten, as a university project several years ago.

The program helps students explore their identities through poetry and performance.

Dipzinski hopes to offer scholarships for the program to make it more accessible.

To do that, he’s reaching out to the community.

“Our first goal is $3,600 dollars. And that covers 20 scholarships for our students to be able to participate in this program for free. And so that covers the cost of materials needed, anything like safety precautions for CDC guidelines. That also covers our facilitation fees.”

Currently, any high school or college student in Alpena can apply on a first–come, first–serve basis.

You can learn more about the Poetics Lab on its Facebook page.