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Volunteer State Cookeville open mic night

By Elizabeth “Birdie” Hurt

April is the month for poetry, and Vol State Cookeville is celebrating with Open Mic Night! NaPoWriMo, or National Poetry Writing Month, is an annual project in which participating poets attempt to write a poem a day for the month of April.

Maureen Thorson, a poet living in Washington, DC, started writing a poem a day for the month of April back in 2003, posting the poems on her blog. When other people started writing poems for April, and posting them on their own blogs, Maureen linked to them. After a few years, so many people were doing NaPoWriMo that Maureen decided to launch an independent website for the project.

Vol State Cookeville is eager to encourage poets to write, but Open Mic Night is open to other talents such as singers, songwriters, and comedians. This free event will happen on April 6 from 5-6:30 pm on the outside Terrace at the Cookeville Campus. Free coffee and snacks will be provided, and the public is welcome to attend.

If you would like to showcase your talents, it’s not too late to enter! Use the QR code below to view the entry form. If you would like more information about this event, please contact Professor Lucas Flatt at or 931-520-0551 ext. 4632 or you can also contact Cookeville Center Coordinator of Student Services Jennifer Spivey at or 931-520-4636.

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