For those who are unfamiliar with the series, we in the Philosophy Department host an informal open-mic night: people sign up for slots during which they can read their own poetry or any other poetry that they really enjoy (or, really, anything creative). The basic idea is to get together to affirm our collective humanity through worship of the expressive possibilities of the English language. People read others' work and sometimes original poetry or translations; some people come just to listen; we have had readings in Old English (!), Latin, Spanish, French, Polish, and Dutch; sometimes people recite from memory or sing; generally one unexpected thing happens; etc.
If that sounds good to you, come! And bring your significant other(s), friends, pets, and so on. As always, there will be merriment and wonder, the baring of souls and the snapping of fingers--and of course wine, beer, and various snacks. Hope to see you all there!