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SFSC Celebrates National Poetry Month

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In celebration of National Poetry Month, the South Florida State College (SFSC) Library and South Florida State College Foundation, Inc. will host a week of events to engage students, staff, faculty, and community members in the national celebration of the poetic form, as well as encourage creativity and artistic expression. Each event will be held in the SFSC library, in Building Y, Highlands Campus. The public is invited at no cost.

The celebration will include readings by local poets Katherine Fredlake and Carol Mahler, an Open Mic Night, and a celebration of National Poem in Your Pocket Day.

For more information, contact Claire A. Miller, SFSC librarian, call 863-784-7305 or email millerc@southflorida.edu.

Monday, April 21: Katherine Fredlake

Katherine Fredlake, poet and SFSC instructor, will share poems and stories from “My Soul is Like the Painted Tambourine: Rhythm of the Universe,” her collaboration with artist Deborah Fine on Monday, April 21, 6 – 7 p.m. Using inspirational words and experiences from her own life, Fredlake ensures that every poem will be as upbeat as the focus of the collection, “Positive Energies in the World We Live In.” Books will be available for purchase at the event.

Tuesday, April 22: Carol Mahler

Local poet, story teller, and teacher Carol Mahler will read from her first book of poetry “How do I Follow” on Tuesday, April 22, 6 – 7 p.m. Mahler founded the Peace River Center for Writers, and her award-winning poems and articles have been published in magazines and newspapers. In addition, she is the author of two books, “Adventures in the Charlotte Harbor Watershed,” a children’s book first published in 2008 by the Charlotte Harbor National Estuary Program, and “Guy LaBree: Barefoot Artist of the Florida Seminoles,” published by the University Press of Florida in 2010. Books will be available for purchase at the event.

Wednesday, April 23: Poetry Open Mic Night  

Participants will have the opportunity to read their own original poems or share a favorite in a celebration of poetry and creativity on Wednesday, April 23, 6 – 7:30 p.m. Participants are asked to limit their readings to five minutes or less and to use family friendly language. Light refreshments will be provided.

Thursday, April 24: Poem in Your Pocket Day

Poem in Your Pocket Day, a national event sponsored by the Academy of American Poets, encourages people to carry a poem and share poems. Participants can pick up a poem in the SFSC library or select their own from the Poem in Your Pocket website at http://www.poets.org/page.php/prmID/406. Participants are encouraged to share their poem to enter a drawing for a poetry themed gift basket. To enter the drawing, participants can drop off their poem in the SFSC Library, in Building Y, Highlands Campus.

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