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PoetryFest features top student poets from each of the five campuses

The 13th Annual Five College PoetryFest will be held 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 4, in Gamble Auditorium at Mount Holyoke College. The event is free and open to the public.

PoetryFest posterPoetryFest celebrates the quality and range of student poetry at the five campuses—Amherst, Hampshire, Mount Holyoke and Smith colleges and the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Two students from each campus have been selected to read at the event.

“I always really enjoy the wide variety of styles and sensibilities of the 10 students in PoetryFest—and the supportive and celebratory flavor of the evening,” says Ellen Doré Watson, director of the Smith College Poetry Center and cofounder of PoetryFest with Lorna Peterson, former executive director of Five Colleges.

The participants this year are Nina Shallman and Craig Velozo of Amherst; Melanie Chitwood and Greg McCarthy of Hampshire; Jocelyn Mosman and Poorna Swami of Mount Holyoke; Taylor Marks and Jamie Samdahl of Smith; and Divya Kirti and Michael Sirois of UMass. Each student will read their original work for five minutes.

The reading will be followed by a reception, and booklets of the students’ work will be available. For further information, contact Sue Dickman at 542-4023.

PoetryFest annually rotates among each of the five campuses. The event is sponsored by the writing programs of the five campuses, the Poetry Center at Smith College and Five Colleges.