*or not — free, formal, blank, rap, hip-hop, it’s all good
In celebration of National Poetry Month and in anticipation of the 2012 Alabama Book Festival, a 24-hour poetry marathon will be held April 19-20 in downtown Montgomery. Any interested poet may participate by reading her/his own work or that of another poet, or both. Get on the list to read by calling 334-834-3556.
The event is co-sponsored by NewSouth Books and the Village Gallery, at 105 and 107 South Court Street, respectively, at the corner of Court and Washington, just one block south of Court Square Fountain, and by Cool Beans at the Café d’Art, a block west of the fountain at 115 Montgomery Street.
The event will begin Thursday, April 19, at 6 p.m. at the NewSouth Bookstore. At 8 p.m. it will move next door to the Village Gallery. Around daybreak on Friday morning the reader for that time slot will move to Court Square Fountain for reading as the sun rises over the Alabama Capitol. At 6:30 a.m. the event will move to Cool Beans for a caffeine jolt, then back to the NewSouth Bookstore. The last reader will end the event at 6 p.m.
On Friday evening, April 20, the Alabama Book Festival will have its opening reception for the writers who will be on the program Saturday, April 21. A full poetry track will be featured at the Festival, 10 a.m. (gates open at 9 a.m.) to 4 p.m., at Old Alabama Town (Hull and Jefferson streets).
Visit the NewSouth Bookstore online or phone 334-834-3556 for more information.