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Who would want to spend their Saturday in the writing center? You would, if it were to participate in the Poetry Interest Group at Metropolitan State. But don't let the word  “participate” scare all of you wallflowers, as I have been assured that even the shyest person would feel at home in this group.

This very informal group meets every other month to discuss poetry and language, read favorite poems, or if you are so inclined you are welcome to just sit back, relax, and take it all in.  The group is open to listening to members read their own poetry, giving support, as well as constructive feedback.

The group began in 1992 when Kathy Lewis, a community faculty member, was approached by several students, staff, and faculty showing an interest in poetry, so she started the Poetry Interest Group, and today the group is still going strong.  The current faculty contacts are Prof. Beverly Hill beverly.hill@metrostate.edu, who is on the Literature and Languages Department faculty, and Prof. Edward Bok Lee edward.lee@metrostate.edu who teaches Creative Writing in the Communication, Writing, and the Arts department.

If you are a member of the Metropolitan State community who enjoys poetry, or is interested in learning more about poetry and language, you are encouraged to attend the next Poetry Interest Group meeting. Typically the group meets on a Saturday at 1:30 p.m. every other month, but is willing to be flexible if interest is shown in different times. For more information on the group, or to find out the next scheduled meeting time, please contact Beverly Hill at beverly.hill@metrostate.edu.

(Article reproduced with permission from The Metropolitan Student Newspaper, February 2000. Author of the original article is Melissa Schoenberger. Article has been edited slightly to update information.)

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