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It’s National Poetry Month: Celebrate on April 18

Did you know that Thursday, April 18, is Poem in Your Pocket Day?

In fact, the entire month of April is National Poetry Month. The OP Staff Assembly is celebrating by holding an open mic poetry reading, 12 to 1 p.m. in 512 Kaiser, and you are invited to participate by reading your own poem, reciting one of your favorite poems or playing a video of someone else reading poetry.

Or just come by to listen and enjoy. Refreshments will be served.

If you are interested in participating in the April 18 event, please send an email to and say what you would like to do. Sign-up sheets will also be available at the second Friday breakfast April 12 at Kaiser. (Be sure to note whether you would like to play a video so the equipment can be made available.)

Depending on interest, OP Staff Assembly is hoping to add another poetry reading event for the Franklin building later in the month.

National Poetry Month was inaugurated by the Academy of American Poets in 1996 and is now held every April. Thousands of poets, schools, libraries and other organizations participate through readings, festivals and workshops to celebrate poetry and its place in American literature and culture.

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