Marcel “Fable” Price has been named the Poet Laureate of Grand Rapids for a three-year term starting in April 2017. The Grand Rapids Poet Laureate is a program of the Grand Rapids Public Library and is funded through a grant from the Grand Rapids Public Library Foundation, Dyer-Ives Foundation Poetry Fund.
A poet laureate is an ambassador for poetry, able to foster the growth of writing and poetry in our community and who has the ability to connect with peoples of all backgrounds. Marcel “Fable” Price, also known as Fable the Poet, was selected by the Grand Rapids Poet Laureate Selection Committee. He is a writer, teaching artist, performer, and motivational speaker. He is a member of The Diatribe, a group of wordsmiths, rappers, hip-hop artists, poets and storytellers, that perform in Grand Rapids. He is the author of Adrift in a Sea of M&M’s, a collection of poems that navigates through mixed race issues and mental disorders. Fable the Poet tours nationally and works extensively with youth. He is an official partner of Mental Health America and is an advocate for the importance of mental health awareness among children and teens.
Price remarked, “I am a poet for the people, all people. I am using many of our city’s flagship events, organizations, and most premier artists to bring poetry to the masses. In my role as Poet Laureate, I will continue to do so, but aiming higher, and further than before.”
The new Poet Laureate will begin his three-year term at an event on Monday, April 24 at 5:30 pm at the Main Library. The event will honor the outgoing Poet Laureate L.S. Klatt and welcome the new Poet Laureate Marcel “Fable” Price. The event will include a poetry reading featuring KFG, Rachel Gleason, G Foster II a.k.a AutoPilot, and Kyd Kane. Music will be provided by DJ Dean Martian.
The Grand Rapids Poet Laureate is a program of the Grand Rapids Public Library and is funded through a grant from the Grand Rapids Public Library Foundation, Dyer-Ives Foundation Poetry Fund.