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the Poetics Lab

tPL Logo -- Rainbow feather in a Black Inkwell inscribed with the letters "tPL"

Welcome to the Poetics Lab! 

Our community approach focuses on the pillars of

Identity, Poetry and Performance.

tPL Workshop Poetry Event


the Poetics Lab brings monthly events to the community of Alpena, MI by partnering with local artists, writers and venues. Follow us on social media @tpoeticslab to stay up to date or click the button bellow to see whats up next!

Our Commitment to Inclusion

the Poetics Lab is founded on the principle that poetry is a space to acknowledge the complex history of language, both harmful and up-lifting. We are committed to our mission of facilitating inclusive spaces for communities to engage with identity through poetry and performance of the self. An inclusive space is established through each individual’s consistent commitment to respectful discourse and behaviors. tPL recognizes that identity-based education requires patience and restorative practices for learning to take place. Our patience cannot be confused with allowing space for blatant disrespectful discourse or behavior. tPL reserves the right to remove individuals who consistently disrespect others in our workshops and community events.

*the Poetics Lab is dedicated to making the materials on this website accessible. We are working to provide alternative text for our photos, transcripts for our videos and accessible formatting on our pages. In the meantime, please feel free to contact Mitchel or Dom at if you are having trouble navigating our site. 

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