By Julie Ann Madden
Akron librarians are celebrating April’s National Poetry Month with their annual pRhyme Time on the Prairie Poetry Day.
The event’s format has changed from a two-day event to an evening of poetry readings with eight guest poets and a gourmet dinner served by Akron Jo’s Cafe.
pRhyme Time on the Prairie begins at 5 p.m. with registration and appetizers. Poetry readings start at 6:15 p.m. with the gourmet dinner at 6:30 p.m. Door prizes will be given.
The poets are:
• Marci Broyhill, a prairie poet and storyteller from Dakota City, Neb., who grew up in the Loess Hills of Nebraska on the Cedar-Dixon County Line.
• Paula Bosco Damon, an award-winning author whose short non-fiction has won countless honors. She is Briar Cliff University’s Marketing & Communications director and on the editor staff of the “Briar Cliff Review.”
• Jeanne Emmons, a Briar Cliff University English professor and the “Briar Cliff Review” poetry editor. She has published three collections of poetry.
• David Evans, Sioux Falls recipient of the South Dakota 2009 Governor’s Award for Creative Distinction in the Arts and Poet Laureate of South Dakota in 2002, has had his poems, short stories and essays published in numerous magazines, journals and anthologies.
• Jan Evans, an haiku and other forms of poetry writer from Sioux Falls, has taught in China. In 2011, she and her husband, Dave, led a group from Osher Life Long Learning to four different Chinese cities and co-edited a booklet from that experience. Her work, including books and poetry, have been published.
• Bruce Hopkins, an environmental educator, writer and historian has worked, with his wife Jeanette, as writers-in-residence in New York, Iowa and Alabama. He has published two books of his writings which include essays and poetry. Currently, they live in Sioux City.
• Jeanette Hopkins, a classroom and environmental educator has written two children’s books, “The Ladybug Waltz” and “The Juggler.” Since 2009, Jeanette and her husband, Bruce, have been available for classroom presentations and have shared writing experiences with children in classrooms of all ages.
• Jim Reese, a Mount Marty College English associate professor, the college’s Great Plains Writers’ Tour director, and “Paddlefish” editor-in-chief from Yankton, S.D., has been one of six artists-in-residence throughout the country who are part of the National Endowment for the Art’s interagency initiate with the Department of Justices’ Federal Bureau of Prisons. Reese has published two books of poetry and received several awards.
Registrations must be received by April 5 as seating is limited. The cost is $32 per person plus one of your own poems up to six lines in length. Those bringing their poems will each receive one free drink ticket.
Registrations can be made by calling the Akron Public Library at 712-568-2601, emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or mailing checks, made payable to Akron Library, to Akron Public Library, PO Box 348, Akron, IA 51001.