English honor society to host poetry festival

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Julia Leon writes a poem for the poetry festival. (photo courtesy of Jessica Daughtry)

The English honor society, Sigma Tau Delta, is hosting the third poetry festival on Friday, Oct. 12, at 6 p.m. in Shepherd University’s student center, Storer ballroom. Events being featured includes poetry recitations, a “Bad Poetry” competition, and literature-themed raffles. Shepherd encourages local high school students to participate in the event.

“You’ll get to hear all different kinds of great poetry in a low-key, fun, casual setting. You’ll see how many different poetic voices, styles, and subjects there are.” said Dr. Heidi Hanrahan, associate professor of English and Sigma Tau Delta advisor. “Poetry can and should play a vital role in our lives. It helps us appreciate language and sound and image and voice.”

Participants are welcomed to read their own poems or poems by others. The festival will highlight poems from “Work and Days” by Tess Taylor, The Sigma Tau Delta common read book for the 2019 international convention. There is no entrance fee and the festival is open to the public. There will be refreshments offered.

For more Information, contact Dr. Heidi Hanrahan, professor of English.