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USF to celebrate poetry month at the gardens

TAMPA, Fla. -- April has been celebrated as National Poetry Month since 1996 and this year, the University of South Florida has been hosting many activities to recognize the importance of poetry. On Tuesday, April 24, 2012, starting at 9:30 a.m. at the USF Botanical Gardens, USF will hold an event entitled “The Future is Sustainable: Poetry, Food and Place.”

This event explores the intersection of creative arts (written, spoken and visual), how those creative arts affect, and are effected by, the natural environment and issues of sustainability. The day is filled with student performances, poetry readings and a reading and lecture by noted environmental essayist, Scott Russell Sanders.

The daylong event will include seven different sessions, each being held either at the USF Botanical Gardens or in the Marshall Student Center.

The opening session, “Ethics of Food Production,” will feature students performing social action projects and harvested food grown during the semester and will be held at the Botanical Gardens. Following this session, four more sessions also will be held at the Botanical Gardens: “Sustainable Potluck,” “Scott Russell Sanders,” “American West,” and “Poetry Garden Reading.” The potluck will feature food prepared by the students who take part in the opening assembly, Scott Russell Sanders will read from his newest book, “Earth Works,” in his session, and students will perform original poetry works during the “American West” session.

The “Art Exhibit and Reception” session will be held in the lobby of MSC 4200 at 6 p.m. and will feature photography by Laura Runge. The closing session, “Scott Russell Sanders: ‘The Way of Imagination,’” will be held in MSC 4200 at 7 p.m. and consist of a lecture by Sanders as well as a book signing following the lecture.

The event is sponsored by the USF Humanities Institute, Florida Humanities Council, the Florida Book Awards, the Office of Sustainability, the USF Department of English, and the USF Botanical Gardens. It is free and open to the public.

For more information about the day’s festivities, please visit the Humanities Institute’s website.


Filed under:Arts and Sciences Botanical Gardens Events Humanities Institute  
Author: D'Anna Fiorelli