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Professor to read from newly released poetry collection

by Jeanne Baron

April 7, 2011 | WMU News

Cover of Forget-Me-Not by Judi Rypma.
Reading and book signing April 13
KALAMAZOO--Poet Judi Rypma, a master faculty specialist in English at Western Michigan University, will read from her newly released chapbook at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 13, on campus in Room 3025 of Brown Hall.

The book, "Forget-Me-Not," is part of Finishing Line Press' critically acclaimed poetry chapbook series. The reading will be followed by a book signing and refreshments.

"Rypma employs precisely understated diction, imagery and prosody to explore life's unforgettable moments and relationships," says Dr. Arnie Johnston, a poet and renowned playwright and former chair of the WMU Department of English.

He adds that her new collection of poems, which centers around nature and horticulture, "elegantly and movingly restores both verse and flowers to their proper station in our eyes, our minds, and--yes--our hearts."

This is Rypma's fourth chapbook, and the third published by Finishing Line. The press' senior editor, award-winning poet Leah Maines, says "Judi Rypma's poetry swells with a fertile sensuality" and that it is "vibrant, lush and exact."

Rypma, whose poems have appeared in more than 150 literary journals, won the All Nations Press chapbook contest for her collection, "Rapunzel's Hair." At WMU, she teaches courses in mythology, folklore, world literature, and literature for children and adolescents.

"Forget-Me-Not is a limited collector's edition chapbook. Its cover, an embroidered blue rose, pays tribute to one of the poems in the collection, and was hand-stitched by world-renowned fiber artist Ray Materson.

Copies may be ordered online at or locally through Kazoo Books in Kalamazoo or the author.