11.14.22 | Upcoming Skidompha Poetry Group Reading and Display

Dear Friends,

Some of you know we have a group of passionate poetry lovers who meet every Friday at 10:00 a.m. over Zoom. They start the day by reading or listening to a few good poems. This group has been meeting year-round for two and a half years. Jeannette, our Director of Communications and Online Programming, holds this group. When she started it, she envisioned creating a space where people could drop in when they felt like spending a little time with poetry.

Jeannette has reported to me many times that it continues to be one of the highlights of her week. There is no pressure to share, and the group is an informal space to check in with each other, say hello, and share a few poems. From time to time, members of the group share an original poem; most often, they bring in poems they love that others have written. Every so often, they meet in person, and one of my favorite sights this summer was seeing their group talking and laughing together in the courtyard as they shared tea and poetry.

Our weekly Skidompha Poetry group is thrilled to announce that they will be presenting a display of poetry and artwork in the Carey Art Gallery at Skidompha during the month of December. To kick things off, they are hosting a poetry reading on Friday, December 2, from 4:30 – 5:30 in Porter Hall. They will be sharing a few of their favorites from all the poems they’ve read aloud to one another over these years, and they’d love to invite members of the community to join them as listeners or to read a favorite poem of their own!

I love knowing this group continues to thrive quietly and steadily each week, and I know they are always open to new members. One participant said, “I wish people knew how fun this group is. I was nervous about joining, thinking we’d be dissecting poetry, but instead, we just enjoy it and each other!”

For more information about our weekly poetry group or the December 2 Poetry Reading, please contact Jeannette at jeaton@skidompha.org.

Be well,


Matthew Graff

Executive Director

Skidompha Public Library