Grand Rapids resident Alexis Stark is releasing a poetry book in May, “Learning to Sleep in the Middle of the Bed.”
Stark’s poems chronicle moments from her life, including adventures that took place along Grand River Avenue, and lessons learned about trust, grief and resilience.
The 23-year-old Farmington native and Michigan State University graduate credited an internship with the Residential College in the Arts and Humanities Center for Poetry at MSU as the inspiration for her poetry.
“Without my RCAH mentors, my words would still be hiding in notebooks, old napkins and fragments of scrap paper,” she said.
In addition to sharing her life through poetry, Stark reports for the School News Network, an initiative of the Kent County Intermediate School District.
“I hope to inspire readers to trust traffic lights, speak up for the last slice of pizza and feel comfortable sleeping in the middle of the bed,” she said.
Learning to Sleep in the Middle of the Bed is now available for presale through March 26. News and notes on the book are available at @ACSpoetry on Facebook.