As a university town, East Lansing has a reputation for being home to many thinkers, students, and academics, making it an ideal location to foster a long-standing artistic community. There are eclectic string bands, frequent gallery openings, and, specifically, there is a large community of poets that exist separately from the nearby Michigan State University. One example is The Poetry Room, run by Grace Carras and Masaki Takahashi. “Along with Masaki, I host a monthly poetry open-mic extravaganza down at the Robin Theater called The Poetry Room. We try to encourage everyone to come and share their work,” Carras said.