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Wed, Oct 06


The Robin Theatre

Mary Anna Scenga Kruch: 'Grace Notes' Book Release and Poetry Showcase

Join Mary Anna Scenga Kruch & friends for a book release and reading event! Mary Anna will read from her new memoir, Grace Notes, and fellow poets will share their work. This event is free to attend. Books are $15. Seating is extremely limited- please RSVP! More info below! 7PM doors.

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Mary Anna Scenga Kruch: 'Grace Notes' Book Release and Poetry Showcase
Mary Anna Scenga Kruch: 'Grace Notes' Book Release and Poetry Showcase

Time & Location

Oct 06, 2021, 7:30 PM

The Robin Theatre, 1105 S Washington Ave, Lansing, MI 48910, USA

About The Event

7PM doors, 7:30 show

Please RSVP! Seating limited to 50, accommodating physical distance between attendees.

Proof of vaccination and masks required indoors.

Copies of 'Grace Notes' on sale for $15.

PRAISE FOR GRACE NOTES: A Memoir in Poetry & Prose

“…Mary Anna Scenga Kruch creates a hybrid coming-of-age memoir that gives her readers indelible glimpses and insights into a life truly lived.  With popular songs as scaffolding, she ties the stages of her life to the history of her day, most notably the growth of suburbs and the Vietnam war. While she pulls no punches in recounting trauma and the forces that can pull families apart, her carefully rendered memories and graceful meditations—suffused with the strength of a loving marriage and immersed in the natural world—let us know that “What Lingers” is ultimately “Benevolence.”

~ Terry Bohnhorst Blackhawk, author of One Less River (Mayapple Press), a Kirkus Reviews Best 2019 Poetry Title; Pablo Neruda Poetry Prize among other awards.

“In her hybrid memoir Grace Notes, Mary Anna Scenga Kruch, does the good work of memorializing not only her own personal history as a child of Italian heritage living in Detroit but also of History writ large. Set against the backdrop of the 60’s and Vietnam War, complete with a soundtrack of popular songs capturing all those collective moments, we see how a single life is shaped by love and family, by trauma, by the love of a good man, and finds strength from that life-long experience and shares this through poems and prose full of rich and resonant detail lovingly etched.”

~ Dennis Hinrichsen, Author, schema geometrica (most recent) and Skin Music, 2014 Michael Waters Poetry Prize (S. Indiana Review Press)


“Mary Anna's memoir is a very personal and powerful book that holds vivid insights into a woman's love, marriage, and life shared with a Vietnam Veteran…In FIRE AND RAIN, the prose is edgy and angry with a president and his hate-filled faction…TEARS IN HEAVEN and writings all through Grace Notes are tender reflections on an estranged older sister who suffered with bi-polar disorder. Holding this entire work together are family poems with stunning pastoral images like watercolor paintings.”

~ Terry Wooten, author of Stone Circle Poems (winner of the Michigan Notable Book Award) and host poet, The Stone Circle, a talismanic landmark for poets, musicians and storytellers. 



Mary Anna Scenga Kruch is an educator and writer who leads a monthly writing group, Williamston Community Writers. After locating her family's ancestral home in Pofi, Italy in 2007, she researched and wrote about her father's family and its history in the poetry chapbook, WE DRAW BREATH FROM THE SAME SKY (2019). 

Her most recent book is a full-length collection, GRACE NOTES: A MEMOIR IN POETRY & PROSE. Mary Anna’s poetry is inspired by family here and in Italy, mental illness, social justice, the healing attributes of nature, and the connection to those who experience estrangement and loss. 





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