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National Poetry Month extends into May with Franklin event

Poetry may be more popular than you realized.

Due to the success of its April 18 event, OP Staff Assembly will hold another open mic poetry reading this Thursday, May 9, 12 to 1 p.m. in 6113 Franklin. Light refreshments will be served.

The April 18 event at the Kaiser building was a resounding success, with participants reading their own poems and others reading poems by Robert Frost, Kay Ryan and other more famous scribes.

One person performed a sing-along of John Prine’s “Angel from Montgomery,” another read an original poem composed in Chinese along with an English translation, and yet another read a poem her daughter had written. The group also enjoyed an online video of a spoken-word performance.

If you are interested in participating in the May 9 event, please send an email to and say what you would like to do.

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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