Library to Hold 7th Annual Poetry Read-In

In celebration of National Library Week, the Massillon Public Library will host an Open-Mic Poetry Read-In on Tuesday, April 23 at 6:30 p.m. in the library auditorium. 

Poetry lovers of all ages are invited as Massillon's local talent is showcased. Bring your original poems, share the work of your favorite poet or just sit back and enjoy the art of performance poetry in a coffeehouse atmosphere!  Shared poems must be family-friendly and limited to five minutes. 
 
Each year, during the month of March and in preparation for the Poetry Read-In, the library hosts a poetry contest in recognition of National Poetry Month. This year over 50 poems were submitted. Three winners will be awarded during the Poetry Read-In. Many of those who submit poems during the contest read their submissions the night of the Read-In.
 
Contest judge, Duane Matthew Dodson, published poet and full-time faculty member at Stark State College of Technology, will address the audience and award the winners their prizes, Kindles generously donated by the Junior Friends of Massillon Public Library.  Mr. Dodson’s work “The Cravin’” won “Most Highly Commended” in the 2011 Margaret Reid Poetry Contest as a Humorous Poem/Parody.  He will regale the crowd with a few of his own poems to round out the evening. 
 
This program is free and open to all. No registration is required. Coffee and cookies will be served.  
 
For more information, contact Laura Klein at  330-832-9831, ext. 319.