Janet L. McCoy, 334/844-9999


AUBURN -- Most college students find success in the college classroom, but one subject -- poetry -- can be a challenge for even the best of students.

To showcase and introduce poetry to students -- as well as the community -- AU's Department of English has planned a new event, called The Haley Center Poetry Project, for Oct. 24 and 25. The poetry readings will be held in the Haley Center courtyard, under the white pavilion next to the AU Bookstore.

The project, which will be held from10 a.m. until 2 p.m. both days, will feature more than 50 faculty and students reading poetry from a wide range of distinguished writers.

"For the first time, students and professors alike will share some of the poetry they admire in a public eight-hour extravaganza," said James Ryan, an assistant professor of English at AU and coordinator of the project.

"This new event is the first in a series of festive occasions for literary performance to highlight the Department of English programs and people," Ryan said.

The reading will be primarily by AU faculty and students -- students taking the Great Books class, undergraduate English majors, graduate students in English and English department faculty.

Comfortable seating has been arranged, and refreshments will be available for both readers and listeners from Quick Paws Mobile Food Cart.

The event is offered by the Department of English, in cooperation with the AU English Club, Sigma Tau Delta English Honor Society and the AU Bookstore.

Department of English course information will be available for distribution near the pavilion and the AU Bookstore will have a wide range of poetry books for sale during the Poetry Project readings.

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CONTACT: Ryan, 334/844-9031.