March 26, 2001
'Poetry Matters' to campuswide group
By Michael Terrazas firstname.lastname@example.org
Lovers of verse will get their chance to read and hear poetry read aloud and in the open air Wednesday, as Emorys young Poetry Council sponsors Poetry Matters, a public reading to be held March 28 from noon to 4 p.m. next to the Cox Hall Bell Tower.
Part of the goal implicit in this event is to demonstrate how prevalent
poetry is in the Emory communityits not just the province
of the English major or faculty member, said Steve Enniss, literary
curator in Special Collections and a member of the Poetry Council. We
hope this will help people broaden their awareness.
Formed last September, the councils goal is similar to that of
its first planned event: to foster awareness and recognition of the role
poetry plays in the lives of people all across campus, not just those
who work or study in traditionally literary disciplines. The
councils dozen-odd members meet monthly to discuss how this might
The idea was to support poetry in areas where its traditionally
not recognized or not obviously part of the program, said council
member Cheryl Crowley, assistant professor of Japanese in Russian and
East Asian Languages and Culture. We want to make poetry a bigger
part of daily life at Emory.
Also on the council is Bruce Covey, associate director of Emory Bookstore
and a published poet himself; his work appears in The Greek Gods as
Telephone Wires, and he is a part-time lecturer in creative writing.
There is a lot of poetry happening in Atlanta and Georgia, and
there hasnt really been a central location for it, Covey said.
There are lots of individual groups at different universities and
on campus but not a lot of communication between them. He said the
council can serve two purposes: to coordinate and advertise poetry-themed
events, and to become a center for poetry in the area.
Poetry Matters, held on the cusp of National Poetry Month
in April, is a fine example of the former goal. Everyone in the University
community is invited to sign up for the event via its LearnLink conference
or by sending e-mail to email@example.com,
or by calling 404-727-5087 or 404-727-4885.
Participants may read any sort of verse, from Dr. Seuss to T.S. Eliot,
of either their own or others creation. With each reader limited
to three minutes for the four-hour event, the council is hoping for about
I suspect well fill up that time, said Enniss, who
added that the council is hoping people come in groups, such as professors
with their students or interest groupswhether its the
Korean students association or the baseball team, Crowley
The council also is sponsoring an April 12 reading by poet Reetika Vazirani,
author of White Elephants, in a location to be determined.
Vazirani is writer-in-residence at Sweet Briar College in Virginia and is a recipient of a Discovery Award, the Barnard New Women Poets Prize and the Virginia Faulkner Award for Literary Excellence.