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Poetry as Activism Festival

Poetry as Activism Festival
Thursday, May 9, 2024
Morris Library, Class of 1941 Lecture Room
Jeannette Schollaert
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About this Event

Celebrate the written and spoken word!

Join the Poetry as Activism Project team to explore how poetry can be used for activist interventions. Festivities include showcases where students and community members will read and perform poetry. There will also be a roundtable discussion about archiving activism at the University of Delaware, opportunities to look closer at rare and historic materials, and more!

If you are interested in participating in the student or community showcases by reading or performing works of poetry, please sign up here.

Attendees are encouraged to stop in throughout the festival to enjoy an array of activities.

The festivities kick off at 11:30 with an open house in Special Collections, where attendees are invited to explore materials that speak to the themes of the Poetry as Activism Project. The main program begins at 1 p.m. outside on the Patio of Morris Library (rain location: Class of 1941 Lecture Room) with the student showcase.

This in-person event is open to the public.

Registration is requested. The event will not be recorded.

The tentative schedule is as follows: 

11:30 - 12:45: Special Collections Open House (Special Collections Reading Room)

1:00-1:45: Student Showcase (Morris Library Patio; Rain Location: Class of 1941 Lecture Room)

2-3:10: Community Showcase (Morris Library Patio; Rain Location: Class of 1941 Lecture Room)

3:20-3:50: Lightning Talks: Literary Placemaking & Curating Activism (Class of 1941 Lecture Room)

4-4:30: Poetry as Activism Roundtable (Class of 1941 Lecture Room)


After the Festival, we encourage attendees to continue the on-campus celebrations of literary arts by attending the Gregory Family Celebration of Creative Writing, which begins at 6:00 p.m. in Memorial Hall.

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