Four WVU organizations will join forces to host a “Celebration of Love” poetry and prose reading on February 12, at 7 p.m. in the Rhododendron Room of the Mountainlair. The reading is free and open to the public. Sweet treats and other refreshments will be served.
The event is intended to celebrate and honor Black History Month and Valentine’s Day, and to show that love isn’t only a romantic notion but a force that can unite people of all races, ethnicities and religions. The reading is sponsored by the Center for Black Culture and Research, the Office of Multicultural Programs, Sigma Tau Delta (the International English Honor Society) and the Appalachian Prison Book Project.
“It’s perfect that this ‘Celebration of Love’ will come alive thanks to several terrific WVU group working together in a spirit of harmony and mutual respect and admiration,” said Mark Brazaitis, a professor in the Department of English, a member of the Appalachian Prison Book Project and one of the event’s organizers. “The readings are sure to be outstandingand there will be great goodies to eat. Who could resist?”
Donations to the Appalachian Prison Book Project, the Black Graduate Student Organization and the Student Chapter of the NAACP will be accepted at the event.
The reading will feature the work of several well-known authors, including James Harms, the chair of the Department of English and the author of 10 books of poems, including the Pulitzer Prize-nominated “Comet Scar;” Katie Fallon, a graduate of WVU’s MFA in Creative Writing Program and the author of “Cerulean Blues: A Personal Search for a Vanishing Songbird;” and Tony Christini, the co-founder and editor of Liberation Lit and the author of several novels, including “Homefront.”
Audience members are encouraged to read their own poems and prose excerpts (or the work of other writers) on the themes of love and cross-racial and cross-cultural understanding and appreciation.