Poetry being celebrated across Macomb

poetry-in-garden-web11Poetry is being celebrated across the Macomb community this week.

The inaugural Macomb Poetry Festival will take place April 21-23. A group of community members including the mayor, WIU professors, and area residents, all came together to plan the festival. Events will take place in both the downtown area and on campus.

Here is the list of events:

Thursday, April 21

  • All day: Poem in Your Pocket Day, New Copperfield Book Service (120 N. Side Square), Malpass Library (WIU)
  • 11am-12pm: Black Out Poetry Session, Malpass Library (WIU)

Friday, April 22

  • 10-11am: Poets of Community and Human Struggle: Edgar Lee Masters and Carl Sandburg, Malpass Library (WIU)
  • 12-1pm: Voices Uplifted in a Celebration of Diversity featuring Cultural Expressions, Multicultural Center (WIU)
  • 1-3pm: Sharing Our Favorite Poem, West Central Illinois Arts Center (25 East Side Square)
  • 4-5pm: Giving Voice to our Rich Departmental Culture University Art Gallery (WIU)

Saturday, April 23

  • 9am, 10am: Poetry time and craft, preschoolers at 9, grade school at 10, Macomb Public Library (235 S. Lafayette)
  • 1-2:30pm: Contemporary  Midwestern Voices, West Central Illinois Arts Center (25 East Side Square)
  • 3:30-5pm: Celebrating Young Adult Voices, West Central Illinois Arts Center (25 East Side Square)
  • 6-8pm: Poetry After Dark, The Old Bailey House (100 S. Campbell)

For even more information on event details, you can visit the event Facebook page, here.