In a Poet's Backyard Series with Fred Reif

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Because of Covid-19 restrictions, after 20 years of Literary Picnics Roethke House will go virtual. We reinvented ourselves and are trying something new by offering a safer, virtual experience with speakers and registration online. Even though our format is changed and limited, Roethke’s Summer Speaker Series 2020 continues it’s quality offerings with a series of Tuesday evening book talks. The opening event features Fred Reif (Tell ‘em ‘bout the blues) on August 4. Fred Reif was born and raised in Saginaw, Michigan. He is a musician, manager, writer, researcher, publisher and collector of American roots music. He has re-discovered many American blues musicians and written for a number of Blues publications, world-wide. He is also a world-renowned washboard player. This is a very readable book, written first hand by one of the 1970s pioneers of blues research, marking fifty years of interviewing, traveling, touring and recording blues artists - a labor of love! RSVP: Please register beforehand. A $5 donation to FOTR is requested, as we continue to raise money to save the Stone House. However, we recognize that finances are tight these days for many reasons, so the donation is not required. If you do not have a Paypal account, or if the $5 is a hardship right now, please email us directly,, and we will manually register you. A Zoom link will be provided to all registrants before the start of the event. Starts at 7 PM

Event Address

Roethke House


Event Date(s)

04th August, 2020, 07:00 PM


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