RIO GRANDE — The University of Rio Grande and Rio Grande Community College will celebrate National Poetry Month with a “poetry picnic” Wednesday, April 5 at 5:30 p.m. on the lawn behind the Jeanette Albiez Davis Library.
“Splendor in the Grass: Celebrating the Worthiness of Words,” sponsored by the Friends of Davis Library, will feature a poetry reading by Rio Grande native and poet, Kathleen McCoy. Director of the Davis Library, Amy Wilson said she is eager to hear McCoy share her work with the students as well as members of the community.
“McCoy reached out to us asking to come to campus for a reading or a workshop, so we were very excited to start planning an event,” Wilson said. “Having a published author and poet from our area come back to town for an event like this is a great opportunity for both our students and the community. We hope everyone will be able to come out to hear her reading these poems.”
“Splendor in the Grass” will also include an open mic activity open to students, faculty and community members to share readings of their favorite poems and literary works or their own work. Wilson said she is excited for the open mic because it gives people the chance to share their thoughts, feelings and opinions with others through artistic means.
“Poetry is such a popular literary form because it allows people to express themselves,” Wilson said. “People need avenues like this that allow them to put their thoughts and feelings into words. Even many genres of music stem from poetry, so it’s a very important outlet for self-expression.”
Friends of Davis Library is a volunteer organization focused on enriching the cultural, social, and intellectual life at the University of Rio Grande and Rio Grande Community College as well as throughout the community. Wilson said the group organized the event to celebrate both National Poetry Month and National Library Week, which will begin April 9.
“Our main goal with the Friends of the Davis Library is to support and create awareness for the importance of libraries within the community. Even our campus library has resources available to all community members. We are here to serve the community as a whole,” Wilson said. “We are so excited to have this opportunity to celebrate poetry and libraries in one event, although we had to set the date before National Library Week actually begins. We want to create a literary and intellectual environment at this event for everyone to enjoy. I am really looking forward to it.”
While on campus, McCoy will also host a free Poetry Writing and Performance workshop April 5 at 4 p.m. in the Davis Library classroom. The event and the workshop will be open to the public. Anyone interested in registering for the limited-space workshops can contact Amy Wilson at firstname.lastname@example.org or 740-245-7382.
In the case of inclement weather, the “poetry picnic” event will move inside to the main floor of Davis Library.
Jessica Patterson is a communications specialist with URG.