4/18/2017 7:28:00 AM Celebrate National Poetry Month at Minocqua Public Library
The public is invited to a celebration of National Poetry Month at the Minocqua Public Library at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 25. National Poetry Month (April) is the largest literary celebration in the world, with special community events scheduled throughout the month and around the country.
Locally, the PaperBirch Poets will read a combination of their own poems and some personal favorites. This group of 11 women includes founder Elaine Strite, Beth Tornes, Nancy Austin, Andrée Graveley, Elaine Hohensee, Mary Peters, Michelle Zanoni, Kim Wensaut, Shannon Thielman, and snowbirds Jan Bosman and Janet Taliaferro. Following these readings, audience members are invited to read at an open mic - their own work or that of another. In the words of Aberjhani, historian and spoken word champion, "Poetry, like jazz, is one of those dazzling diamonds ... that help human beings make sense out of the comedies and tragedies that contextualize our lives."
This April salute to poetry is sponsored by the Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets (WFOP), a statewide organization with hundreds of members, including several of the PaperBirch Poets. The WFOP appoints Wisconsin's poet laureate and is the main organization in our state to promote and support poetry.
Whether you write poetry, read it, or simply like the chance to hear it, join the group on April 25 for an evening of "dazzling diamonds" - this medium that cheers, consoles, chides, eulogizes, criticizes, and encourages us to think about our complex world.
For more information about this event, call the library at 715-356-4437.