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MCC/Orpheum host 7th Annual “United State of Poetry” April 30

United State of Poetry posterMarshalltown Community College and the Orpheum Theater Center will celebrate National Poetry Month with “The United State of Poetry” on Tuesday, April 30, at the IVCE Conference Center in Dejardin Hall. The event will include a variety of classical poetry readings beginning at 7 pm.

Some of the poetry readers will be MCC students, and others are local residents, citizens, and even some elected officials. Organizer Carolyn Briggs, MCC English Faculty, says the readers will represent various political, ethnic, vocational, religious and cultural backgrounds. Some may read in languages other than English, in which case translations will be provided. This poetry reading is free, and the public is invited to attend.

“The arts are uniquely capable of bringing people together, and this annual event is guaranteed to celebrate and uplift our collective experiences,” says Briggs. “Poetry is meant to be heard, and our audiences are always surprised at the intensity, pleasure, and intimacy of listening to poems read aloud. During this event we will be united … at least briefly!”

“The United State of Poetry” is co-sponsored by the MCC Humanities Division and the Orpheum Theater Center. Inaugurated by the Academy of American Poets in 1996, National Poetry Month is now held every April when schools, publishers, libraries, book sellers and poets throughout the United States band together to celebrate poetry and its vital place in American culture.

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