Highline Community College hosts its first National Poetry Month celebration with a series of events including speakers, workshops and a gallery exhibit throughout April.
All programs are free and open to the public. The activities are intended to increase the use of poetry in popular culture and celebrate its long and diverse history.
Highline Community College’s main campus is midway between Seattle and Tacoma at South 240th Street and Pacific Highway South (Highway 99); 2400 S. 240th St., Des Moines
• April 1-30: The Library Art Gallery in Building 25, 4th floor, will host a month-long exhibit entitled “Words on the Wall: The Broadside Project,” featuring the work of students, faculty and staff printed as broadsides.
Visit http://exhibits.highline.edu for gallery hours and details.
• April 4, 1 p.m.: Poems created by HCC students, faculty and staff as part of the “Words on the Wall: The Broadside Project” exhibit will be presented at the Broadside Reading & Reception in the Library Art Gallery in Building 25, 4th floor.
• April 9, 9 a.m.: Seattle writer and performer Rachel Kessler will give a presentation entitled “Ho-hum: Poetry of the Everyday” in Building 2. Kessler will speak about her “Public Health Poems” which will be on display around the Highline campus throughout April.
• April 11, 11 a.m.: Karen Finneyfrock, a poet, spoken word artist and novelist from Seattle will perform in Building 8, Mt. Constance room.
• April 24, 1:30 p.m.: Diversity & Global Studies and English professor Susan Rich will present at the History Seminar on “Hannah Maynard and the Magic Box: Poetry and Photography” in Building 3, room 102.
• April 25, 11 a.m.: Terry Dockter, an American Sign Language storyteller, will speak on ASL Poetics in Building 7.
• April 27, 12 p.m.: HCC professors Susan Rich and Susan Landgraf will team up to teach a workshop on “The Art of Collaboration: Writing Poems from Photographs” at Highline’s Marine Science and Technology Center (MaST). The MaST is on Redondo Beach Drive, next door to Salty’s; 28203 Redondo Beach Drive S., Des Moines
• April 29, 11 a.m.: Roberto Ascalon, a West Seattle poet, writer, arts educator and spoken word artist, will perform his works in Building 8, Mt. Olympus room.
Sponsored by: Academic Affairs, Arts & Humanities division, Library, the Highline Community College Foundation and 4Culture.