February 4, 2013 – On April 18, Dutchess County residents will have a chance to read their favorite poems in front of an audience at Dutchess Community College that will include former United States Poet Laureate Robert Pinsky.
The event is part of the Favorite Poem Project, which was created by Pinsky after he was named Poet Laureate in 1997. The first installment was a national initiative, with more than 18,000 Americans volunteering to read their favorite poem in front of an audience. Since then, hundreds of cities and towns across the country have organized events and invited their citizens to read their favorite poems aloud, along with a narrative explaining what their chosen poem means to them.
Interested Dutchess County residents should submit their favorite poem along with a brief statement about the poem’s significance in their life. Entries should be sent to DCC English Professor John Desmond at firstname.lastname@example.org by March 9. Approximately 15 entries will be chosen for the reading, which will take place on DCC’s main Poughkeepsie campus on April 18.
In addition to being the only Poet Laureate named to three terms, Pinsky is the author of 19 books, most of which feature his own poetry. He is a professor at Boston University and poetry editor at online magazine Slate.
For more information, contact John Desmond at the above email address.