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The Caldwell University Department of English and the Caldwell Public Library will host the poetry reading Octaves: Celebrating the 8th Anniversary of the Caldwell University Poetry Service-Learning Project, 6:30 p.m., Thursday, April 14.  The event is free and open to the public and will be held at the Caldwell Public Library.

Since spring 2008, students in Dr. Mary Ann B. Miller’s Introduction to Poetry course have been working with local published poets to host public poetry readings at the Caldwell Public Library.  To date, 25 poets from the NJ/NY area have participated in the project.  This semester, current students will host 16 of these poets in a reading to honor them for their generosity in working with CU students over the past eight years.   These poets are as follows:  Laura Boss, Laurie Byro, Jessica G. de Koninck, Sandra Duguid, Laura Freedgood, Marcia Ivans, Gerry LaFemina, Marion Goldstein, Joel Lewis, Susan L. Miller, Rick Mullin, Priscilla Orr, Christine Redman-Waldeyer, Susanna Rich, Carole Stone, and David Vincenti.

Caldwell University students who will be participating are:  Pravin Adhikari, Christina Campos, Tyler Childs-Parfait, Romina Ghale, Kevin Goldman, Samantha Gomez, Vincent Gray, Yashant Gyawali, Hatim Hakami, Haley Kopf, Sophia Lavell, William Levier, Yadira Lopez, Emily Menendez, Brigitte Murgado, Mohit Nepal, Alysse Palestina, Srija Pant, Tiffany Polite, and Leah Seidman.  Each student will introduce one of the poets and read a poem by that poet.  Each poet will, in turn, read a poem prepared for the event that engages creatively with the number eight.

Light refreshments will be served.  Students will conduct a sale of books by these poets.  The event is sponsored by the Caldwell Public Library and the Caldwell University Department of English.

For information contact Dr. Mary Ann B. Miller at Caldwell University at  973-618-3454 or Fran Larkey at the Caldwell Public Library at 973-226-2837.