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April Is National Poetry Month


Launched by the Academy of American Poets in April 1996, National Poetry Month celebrates poets’ integral role in our culture. In honor of this special tribute to poetry, the College of Arts and Sciences Department of English has several events planned this month.

Humanities 1 1Wednesday, April 12

Poetry Open Mic at 1 p.m. at the Poetry Center in the Humanities Building. The Stony Brook community is invited to read original or favorite poems.

Wednesday, April 19

Marathon reading of Paradise Lost from 9 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. outside the front of the Humanities Building, weather permitting. The reading will conclude at sunset.

Wednesday, April 26

Carmen Bugan and her students from “Poetry and the Language of Oppression” will read their original poems at 1 p.m. in the Poetry Center, Humanities Building.

Thursday, April 27

In celebration of national “Poem in Your Pocket Day,” the Department of English will host its semi-annual book giveaway in the Humanities Building lobby, and they will have poems for pockets.


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