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Celebrate National Poetry Month each Monday in April

by User Not Found | Mar 18, 2014

From Robert Frost’s “The Road Not Taken” to Maya Angelou’s “Phenomenal Woman,” poetry moves, inspires, and strengthens us. In honor of National Poetry Month, the Auburn Montgomery Department of English and Philosophy will present “4 Mondays of Poetry,” for the community’s enjoyment. Mark your calendar for the following free public events:

Local Poets Reading
April 7, 7:30 p.m.
Cloverdale Playhouse
Jeanie Thompson, Tony Crunk, Jessica Cornelson, and Kimberly Wright will read from their work at the lovely Cloverdale Playhouse.

Open Mic for High School and College Students
April 14, 4 p.m.
Booker T. Washington Magnet High School

Emceed by BTW faculty member and AUM alumnus Foster Dickson, this event will give area high school and college students the opportunity to take the stage and share their rhymes with the world. All local college and high school students are encouraged to attend and/or participate.

Poetry Writing Workshop
April 21, 7:30 p.m.
AUM campus

Limited to ten participants, this workshop will help budding poets perfect their craft. Barbara Wiedemann, AUM professor of English and director of creative writing, will lead the event. Wiedemann has authored three chapbooks, Half-Life of Love, Sometime in October, and Death of a Pope and Other Poems. For more information on the workshop, contact Wiedemann at

Poetry Reading with Denise Duhamel
April 28, 7:30 p.m.
AUM, Goodwyn Hall 109

Denise Duhamel, a 2013 finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, will read from her work. Duhamel is the author of 12 poetry books and 11 chapbooks, including Blowout, Ka-Ching, and Two and Two. More than 300 of her poems have appeared in poetry magazines including American Poetry Review, and she was guest editor of The Best American Poetry 2013. A professor at Florida International University in Miami, she is a recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship.


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