Five College PoetryFest Set for March 12 at Amherst College

The 12th annual Five College PoetryFest will be held Wednesday, March 12 at 7:30 p.m. in Pruyne Lecture Hall in Fayerweather Hall at Amherst College. The event is free and open to the public.

PoetryFest celebrates the quality and range of student poetry with two writers representing each of the member campuses. The inspiration of Lorna Peterson, former executive director of Five Colleges, Inc., and Ellen Doré Watson, director of the Smith College Poetry Center, PoetryFest annually rotates among each of the five campuses.

“The Five College PoetryFest is always a banquet of surprises — with a huge range in styles, both personal and poetic,” says Watson. “It's a terrific celebration of the level of energy and craft going on in undergrad poetry in this valley.”

The participants this year are Joely DeSimone and Stella Honey Yoon of Amherst; Cristina Peña and Walker Staples of Hampshire; Carrie Carter and Erika Onusseit of Mount Holyoke; Meredith Nnoka and Hannah Rousselot of Smith; and Martin Giordano and Victoria Palmatier of UMass. Each student will read for five minutes.

The reading will be followed by a reception, and booklets of the students’ work will be available. For further information, contact Sue Dickman at 542-4023 or Daniel Hall at 542-8198.

This event is sponsored by each campus’s writing programs, the Poetry Center at Smith College and Five Colleges, Inc.