Do You Want to Be a Pop-up Poet?
Contact Charlene Brown if you would like to perform a five-minute poetry reading sometime in April. Get on the schedule! Readings will not be publicized, but you can invite your friends to be present during your scheduled slot. Be a Pop-Up Poet under the Chihuly!
Pop-Up Poetry in the Library
April is National Poetry Month, and in recognition of this, UMD Library is inviting students, faculty, and staff to read a poem—either an original composition or a classic favorite—under the Chihuly sculpture in the library entryway.
Much like street performance art, Pop-Up Poetry in the UMD Library will occur randomly during the month of April, with PA announcements made ten minutes before a reading as the only publicity.
Pop-Up Poetry is an opportunity for UMD students, faculty, and staff to share a favorite poem or their original verse in a public place.
“We first thought about bringing in well-known published poets to surprise library visitors,” said organizer Charlene Brown, “but then we decided that this would be an ideal way to shine light on the creativity of our students at UMD.”
UMD English Assistant Professor Simon Kress was very supportive of the idea and has been announcing the opportunity in his poetry classes.
To avoid disrupting study sessions in the library, the poetry readings will be limited to the library entryway and to five minutes in duration.
Pop-up poets are invited to contact Charlene Brown at firstname.lastname@example.org to volunteer as a reader.