PIQUA — This April marks the 20th anniversary of National Poetry Month and Edison State Community College will be celebrating by participating in the nationwide poetry-reading event, Poem in Your Pocket Day.
Established in 2002, Poem in Your Pocket Day encourages individuals from around the country to participate by selecting a poem, carrying it with them, and sharing it with others throughout the day.
English department professors Dr. Vivian Blevins and William Loudermilk will hold free poetry-reading events at the Piqua campus, open to students, staff and the public.
Loudermilk will hold a reading from 11 a.m. to noon Wednesday, April 20, in room 233. The special guest poet for this event will be retired firefighter and known poet Fred McLeod, who will share some of his works.
Blevins will hold the second reading from noon to 1 p.m. Thursday, April 21, in room 233. The guest poet will be Jane K. Kretschmann of Piqua, a retired Edison State associate professor of English. Kretschmann’s work, which has received multiple accolades, can be found in several printed and online journals and heard on nationally broadcast radio stations.
Those interested in participating may read any poem they have written themselves or poetry written by others that they would like to share with the groups. Poems can range from the classics to the moderns as well as song lyrics.