Local poet makes MHS presentation

February 25, 2016

By John Raffel

Marion High School hosted poet Terry Wooten for a presentation on Feb. 17, a staff member reported.

Wooten has been speaking in front of K-12 schools, colleges, libraries and festivals, Janet Mort from the Marion teaching staff reported, adding that Wooten is a two-time recipient of Michigan Creative Artist Award and has been listed in Michigan Arts and Humanities Touring Directory. He has written three books.

“One of his amazing books is ‘The Almanaco of Online Trading,’ the next is Planet AOL, then lastly When the Bear Came Back,” Mort said.

Mort noted that Wooten is the builder of the Stone Circle, which is a triple ring of 88 huge bolders north of Reed City. She added that Wooten has spoken about when he was a senior in high school at Marion and when he and his team had won the Chippewa Trophy.

Mort added that Wooten has a new book, ‘The Stone Circle Poems,’ which has made Top Literary Award in Michigan. He has said that he has 563 poems memorized with the capability to memorize words and keep them stored in his memory.

“One of our students said that the presentation was very good,” Mort said. “He talked with his hands a lot but he made it fun by telling things from when he was in middle school and high school at Marion.”

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