The Misericordia University Sigma Tau Delta International English Honor Society is hosting the poetry auction benefit, “The Wonder of Words,’’ on Wednesday, April 9 from 7-10 p. m. in the third-floor Catherine Evans McGowan Room of the Mary Kintz Bevevino Library.
Auction proceeds from the National Poetry Month event will benefit literacy efforts in the Wilkes-Barre Area School District. The funding will be used to purchase new dictionaries through the Dictionary Project (dictionaryproject.org).Misericordia University students, faculty, local poets and poetry lovers will come together in a celebration of language and learning.
To participate in the auction, poets are asked to donate 5 cents per word in their poem. Audience members who are moved by the composition during the reading are asked to match the cost of the donated poem. Poets are asked to main a theme of the love of literature, the power of words, and the importance of literacy in the compositions that are selected for the reading.
Misericordia University Tau Delta Chapter members participating in “The Wonder of Words’’ includes officers Auraleah Grega, president, Wapwallopen; Jacob Hebda, vice president; Maggy Hanlon, secretary, and John Meholic, treasurer.
Select poems may be published in an anthology that will be sold in the region to further benefit the Dictionary Project.
For more information about being a participant or attending the event, please contact Amanda Caleb, Ph. D., assistant professor of English at Misericordia University, at acaleb@ misericordia.eduor at (570) 674-8113.