The Residential College of Arts and
Humanities Center for Poetry at Michigan State University is kicking off the
academic year with poems — and chalk in hand.
The Center for Poetry will be
holding their annual poetry chalking from 2-4 p.m. Sept. 8, on the river trail
behind Shaw Hall. The event is open to the public.
Chalkers will receive cider,
donuts, and poems wrapped around sticks of sidewalk chalk. They can then write
poems along the river trail that follows the Red Cedar River often referred to
as the “rape trail” by MSU students.
“We want to bring awareness to why
we speak about a part of campus that way,” said Stephanie Glazier, assistant to
the director of the center. The chalking is an opportunity to cover the
pavement with poems that focus on strength of the community.
Another chalking is planned for
month of April, which will focus on National Poetry Month and Sexual Assault
Awareness Month. The Center for Poetry will also be holding a Fall Reading
Series on Wednesday evenings, starting Oct. 20, that will feature poets such as
Cynthia Huntington, Marcia Aldridge, Gerald McCarthy and Rebecca Dunham.