Grand Rapids Poet Laureate David Cope to speak at KCC

Cope, left, with Allen Ginsberg.

Cope, left, with Allen Ginsberg.

UPDATE: Today’s lecture from Grand Rapids Poet Laureate and GRCC English professor David Cope has been canceled due to complications with the weather.

Kellogg Community College will host poet and Grand Rapids Community College English professor David Cope for a lecture and reading beginning at 1 p.m. Tuesday in room 209 of the Severin Building on KCC’s North Avenue campus.

Cope will appear in KCC English professor Thomas Webster’s American Literature class, which runs till 2:20 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

Webster said Cope, who has served as Grand Rapids Poet Laureate since 2011, will lecture on Walt Whitman’s poetry collection “Drum Taps,” incorporating letters “and various other tidbits in the mix.”

For more information about Cope — who has published the poetry journal “Big Scream” for nearly 40 years and was a friend of Allen Ginsberg — visit his GRCC faculty page at