Mike Peich, director of the WCU Poetry Center and co-founder of the conference, talks about the creation of West Chester University's annual poetry conference and the goals of the Poetry Center.
Mike! It's May 19, 2010, and I've just learned that you are retiring from West Chester and the Poetry Conference directorship. I'm stunned to find that you've been teaching at WCU for 41 years! I only lasted in academe for thirty-six. I've not known you all those years, but I was at the first Poetry Conference, so I've known you a while. I wish you well in your voyage into retirement, and I do hope we'll meet again somewhere.