The Alexander County Library will expand its popular “Exhibiting Artists Series” at the Main Branch to include a new companion program for literary arts. “Poetry After Hours” will be held in conjunction with each Main Branch art exhibit, providing an opportunity for local and regional poets or writers of short stories. The first “Poetry After Hours” will be held on Friday, April 21 from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. at the Main Branch (77 First Avenue SW in Taylorsville). Writers of all ages are welcome to read from their original works or to read selections from their favorite authors. Each participant will be given up to three minutes to share their work in this open mic style format. No registration is required to participate. Everyone is welcome and the event is free for all to attend.
The Library’s current art exhibit, “Ask Me What I Remember: Images of Perseverance,” may serve as a source of inspiration for those who enjoy composing ekphrastic poems (referring to literary pieces directly inspired by a visual art form). The exhibit features the work of 12 photographers who were asked to interpret themes of memory and perseverance through their work. “Poetry After Hours” participants are welcome to visit the exhibit ahead of time to see if the muse may be found in this unique photography showcase.
The evening will feature a coffee house theme with flavored coffees and light refreshments. The students of Teen Poetry Happens will debut their new poem, which is composed entirely of memories shared by the public during the Library’s “Art After Hours” reception for “Ask Me What I Remember” exhibitors.
The event will also feature an interactive poetry game using book titles stacked and rearranged by attendees to form ever changing lines of poetry.
Main Branch Exhibiting Artists Series Curator and Library Board of Trustees Chair, Miranda Burgin, sees this as a unique collaboration between the visual and literary arts.
“We are thrilled to provide a much-needed venue for self-expression in our community,” Burgin related. “Poetry After Hours will offer a supportive, fun environment for writers and a source of inspiration for the audience.”
Burgin continued, “Whether you are someone who is looking for a place to share your talents or someone who enjoys experiencing great art and listening to splendid readings from regional writers, we hope that everyone will join us for an evening that celebrates creativity in all its forms.”