Seventh annual poetry reading celebrates the Public Poetry Project

March 17, 2008

The seventh annual "An Evening of Pennsylvania Poets: Readings in Celebration of the Public Poetry Project" will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 20, in Foster Auditorium, Pattee Library, followed by a reception in the Charles W. Mann Jr. Assembly Room, 103 Paterno Library.

The Public Poetry Project focuses on poets with a connection to Pennsylvania and displays the poetry in public places to make it a part of the daily lives of a greater number of people. Since the project began in 2000, 40 poems have been printed and placed in public places throughout Pennsylvania.

Poets featured in the 2008 Public Poetry Project poster series will read poems and be available at the reception to sign copies of the posters featuring their poems. This year's posters were designed by Wilson Hutton and will be available at no charge at the presentation. The 2008 Poetry Poster series includes CM Burroughs, Luray Gross, Thomas Kane and Pamela M. Perkins-Frederick.

The project is under the direction of Steven L. Herb, librarian and director of the Pennsylvania Center for the Book, and is supported by the University Libraries, the English Department in the College of the Liberal Arts, and Paterno Family Librarian for Literature William S. Brockman. The readings and reception are open to the public. A sign language interpreter, using American Sign Language, will interpret the poems read aloud that evening.

For more information, visit or call (814) 865-2842.

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