Sunday, April 10, 2011

Magnetic Poetic: Michigan Tech to celebrate National Poetry Month this week

HOUGHTON -- April is National Poetry Month and PANK magazine and the Literary Arts Collective at Michigan Tech announce "Magnetic Poetic: Celebrating National Poetry Month." This week-long program of readings and events runs Monday through Friday, April 11 to 15, on and near the campus. All events are open to the public. Attendance, unless otherwise noted, is free.

On Monday, April 11, the Magnetic Poetic begins with the opening of a week-long interactive poetry installation by the same name (and real magnets) at 9 p.m. in the J. R. Van Pelt and Opie Library..

On Tuesday, April 12, there will be two poetry films, Sylvia and Howl, beginning at 6 p.m. in Fisher 139.

On Wednesday, April 13, the Community Poetry Reading Series will host a reading and open mic at 6 p.m. in the Library.

On Thursday, April 14, the community is encouraged participate in National Poem in Your Pocket Day, by selecting a poem you love and carrying it with you to share with students, classmates, coworkers, family and friends. Pocket poems are available for free from the Library circulation desk, the Memorial Union information desk and the Walker HDMZ information desk.

At 6 p.m. on Thursday evening, visiting poets Samiya Bashir and Keith Taylor will give a reading in the Library with a reception and book signing to follow.

On Friday evening, April 15, visiting poet Jamaal Vs. May will give a reading at 6 p.m. at the Library with a reception and book signing to follow.

The program will conclude Friday night with the concert, "Barbaric Yawp!" -- featuring music and poetry by This is Deer Country, Jon Soper and Eve's Attic at 8 p.m., at Studio Pizza/Orpheum Theater in Hancock ($5 cover charge).

Magnetic Poetic is sponsored by PANK, the Dean of Students, the Department of Humanities, the School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science, the Center for Diversity and Inclusion, Keweenaw Pride, the King-Chavez-Parks Visiting Women and Minority Lecture Series, the Library, the Department of Visual and Performing Arts and WMTU 91.9 FM Houghton.

National Poetry Month is a month-long national celebration of poetry established by the Academy of American Poets in 1996. The goal is to widen the attention of individuals and the media to the art of poetry, to living poets, to a complex poetic heritage, and to poetry books and journals of wide aesthetic range and concern.

For more information, contact Matt Seigel 487-2016 at

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