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Poet Visits Shickley Public School

Poet Michael J.Grove is a former welder turned English teacher and poet. He presented several of his poems at Shickley Public School to the high school and community on January 18. One of Grove’s objectives is to dispel myths about poetry.
With an emphasis on describing life using the five senses, his work represents his Nebraska upbringing and life’s experiences in the welding shop. He also writes about characters he has met along way.
Some of the works he shared were “It Is What It Is,” and “A Nebraska Tide Comes In.” His visit included time spent with Jennifer Ippensen and her English students 9-12 grade.  
Grove received his bachelor in science in education and master of science in education from Wayne State College and master of fine arts in writing from the University of Nebraska in Omaha. His recently published poems, “Glitter Skips Across a Pond,” “Jesus Spotting,” and “Adulting” can be found in The Flat Water Stirs: An Anthology of Emerging Nebraska Poets. He currently teaches English at Burke High School in Omaha and is a coach and sponsor for Louder Than a Bomb-Great Plains, a youth slam poetry competition. The Geneva Arts Council and the Shickley Community Foundation have funded grants that help make the Visiting Writer Series possible.