PLEASE NOTE: All in-person Spring 2020 readings have been postponed as of 3/1/2020. Please stay safe, stay healthy, and enjoy the digital content on our site until we meet again.

You’re invited to a virtual poetry reading, hosted by POG! Come as a participant or just hang out in the audience and listen—whatever you choose, we’d love to have you there.

WHEN: April 16th, 6:30 PM

WHERE: Zoom! Simply use the link and join from your browser. No need to download anything. or

WHY: In a moment where the country is in a rush to “get back to normal,” we’re hoping to create a meditative moment, to bring together poets and poetry lovers, and to practice a little patience. How essential patience has become! Patience helps us adjust to social distancing and quarantine; patience is necessary for reading and writing poetry; and patience is a poetic act, a paradox of doing and not doing. Let’s practice this rare art of patience together!

WHAT TO DO: Find a poem that is 3 to 5 minutes long—an original work of your own, or a favorite poem by another writer. When you join the Zoom session, you can do one of two things:

1) Simply listen to the poems and enjoy! (please keep mic muted)

2) If you’d like to read, use Zoom’s “chat” feature to type your name (or pseudonym) and the name of your poem.

The emcee will keep a shared screen active for all participants, showing the current reader, the next reader, and the evolving lineup. When it’s your turn (thanks for waiting, you patient dear), the emcee will introduce you. Check to be sure your mic is unmuted, and go for it! Sharing your video/webcam is entirely optional. Please be sure to respect the 5 minute max—we want to hear from as many people as possible!