April is National Poetry Month and the Fulton Library is having a celebration.
In partnership with local writer Jim Farfaglia, the library will offer a four-week class titled “Celebrating Poetry!” This free program will take place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the four Saturdays in April: April 5, 12, 19 and 26.
“We are excited to offer this program for poets and for those who are interested in learning more about poetry,” said Betty Mauté, director of the Fulton Library.
“The program, planned by Jim, is designed to be welcoming and relaxed. There is no previous writing experience needed to participate. We’ve even scheduled each class to run through the lunch hour and are encouraging participants to bring a bagged lunch.
“While sharing a meal (the library will provide beverages), Jim will share poetry and encourage the class to explore their thoughts and feelings about a variety of poems,” she said.
“I want this class to inspire people who normally might not consider poetry, including both the more classically famous, as well as some of the newer nontraditional poets,” said Farfaglia. “I also want to encourage people to try their hand at writing and to know that there are no hard-and-fast rules in poetry. It’s just about listening to your heart.”
The class is being provided at no cost due to the success of last year’s Fulton Memoir Project.
“The book sales from the collection of 41 memoirs written by Fultonians have given the library a fund to provide writing programs such as Celebrating Poetry,” added Mauté.
Participants should be 18 years or older or a teenager accompanied by an adult. Seating is limited and those interested should call 592-5159 for more information and to reserve your spot.