Traverse City Record-Eagle

March 31, 2013

Books/Travel in Brief: 03/31/12

Traverse City Record-Eagle

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Poetry workshop

TRAVERSE CITY — Michigan Writers presents Personas and Masks in Contemporary Poetry.

The writing workshop will be led by Chris Dombrowski from 7 to 9 p.m., Tuesday, April 2, at the University Center on Cass Road, room 214. Students will leave the workshop with a least one completed exercise, and the “start” of a poem.

Dombrowski is the author of two books of poems, “By Cold Water,” a finalist for Foreword Magazines’s Poetry Book of the Year, and the newly released “Earth Again,” both from Wayne State University Press, as well as two chapbooks. His poems have appeared in numerous literary journals and anthologies including Poetry, Michigan Quarterly Review, Gulf Coast, Crazyhorse, Beloit Poetry Journal and others. He currently teaches creative writing at Interlochen Center for the Arts, and, with his family, divides his time between northern Michigan and his home in Missoula, Mont.

The workshop is free for Michigan Writers members and $10 for nonmembers, payable by cash or check. Nonmembers may join onsite for a $40 annual fee which will include the cost of the workshop. Prior registration is not necessary.


New terminal

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. — Myrtle Beach officials have cut the ribbon on a new $118 million terminal at the Myrtle Beach International Airport.

The new terminal was dedicated Sunday and opens to passengers on April 2. It has more space and added gates. It also has remote check-in kiosks for passengers and new restaurants

Officials say the new terminal also will mean faster retrieval of luggage.

During the coming week, workers will review all the systems and make final checks before the new facility is open to for flights. Then the old terminal will be closed.Myrtle Beach is the heart of South Carolina $15 billion tourism industry.

New Amtrak stop

CHICAGO — Amtrak’s Texas Eagle has added a stop in Hope, Ark., birthplace of former President Bill Clinton.

Starting April 4, passengers can get off the train in Hope as they travel the route from Chicago to San Antonio, Texas.

Hope, Ark., is now a National Park Service historic site with ranger-guided tours of the former president’s first home. The southwestern Arkansas community has a population of about 10,000.

The westbound Texas Eagle departs Chicago at 1:45 p.m., arriving in Hope just after 5 a.m. the next morning. The eastbound train leaves Hope at 9:18 p.m. with arrival in Chicago the following afternoon.

Birding Festiva

lLAKE ANDES, S.D. — Herons, eagles, owls and hawks will be a few of the birds that enthusiasts might be able to catch a glimpse of during the South Dakota Birding Festival in early May.

The third annual event is scheduled for May 3-5 at Lake Andes. Birding enthusiasts will have the opportunity to catch sight of hundreds of migrating bird species returning to South Dakota from other parts of the country.

The event will include stops along the Missouri River, at the Lake Andes National Wildlife Refuge and the Karl Mundt National Wildfire Refuge.

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