The estival offerings of June, July, August, and September, replete with unremitting heat, long days of resplendent sunshine and luminous blue skies punctuated by thunderstorms that shake both Heaven and Earth, and long-awaited leisure savored by many inspire both elegy and anathema. At this month's Poetry on the Plains event, we will celebrate, explore, and even lament the warmest season of the year and how it inspires, shapes, and influences poetry writing. Our featured guest poet will Valeria Nollan, Ph.D. Dr. Nollan is a published poet in both English and Russian, a professor emerita of Russian Studies at Rhodes College, and she currently has a faculty affiliation with the Department of Classical and Modern Languages and Literatures at Texas Tech University. We will also feature guest jazz musician Alex Nollan. Through live jazz performances, we will discuss the complex relationship between music, musicality, and poetry. Please feel free to bring your own writing (all forms are welcome and encouraged!) to workshop. We will include a featured reading of our crowdsourced poem from last month's event on the theme Life on the South Plains.
We will also feature an open mic. If you would like to read a poem, play music, or offer any other type of performance, please email our group co-founder and event host, Jennifer McSpadden, at Jennifer.McSpadden@ttu.edu. There will be refreshments available throughout the event!