Colleges students and faculty join the nationwide poetry reading
(Feb. 5, 2004) GENEVA, N.Y.—Hobart and William Smith Colleges' poets (students and faculty) will gather and read their own work and favorite poems of others on Thursday, Feb. 12, as part of a nationwide “Poets Against the War” reading. The reading will take place at 7 p.m. in the Wasey Room, second floor of the Scandling Center, and is free and open to the public. Dessert will be served.
Students from Writers House and Thel, the literary magazine club, will be joined by Professors Jasper Bernes, Jim Crenner, Deborah Tall, and David Weiss.
Feb. 12 is the first anniversary of the planned White House Symposium on Poetry, which was canceled by Laura Bush after poets began to withdraw in protest of the looming war in Iraq. That event prompted the formation of the national organization of Poets Against the War. The nationwide readings on the 12th will include poems by Walt Whitman, Emily Dickinson, and Langston Hughes, the three poets who were to have been honored by the White House symposium.
The HWS campus reading is sponsored by Writers House, Thel, Refuse & Resist!, and Writers Reading.