In celebration of National Poetry Month, the SFSC Library will offer free poetry workshops and host an Open Mic Night.

“It is great facilitating our poetry workshops,” said Claire A. Miller, librarian at SFSC. “We get people who have written for years and people who have never written before, and we all write poems based on prompts and exercises. I love seeing people realize how accessible poetry can be.”

These free workshops are for people of all ages and experiences. Each workshop will offer quick writing prompts, exercises, and friendly feedback. Participants can attend one or both sessions. They will be held in the SFSC Library, Building Y, on Wednesday, April 11 and Wednesday, April 18 starting at 6 p.m.

“We’ve had published writers and high school students in the same workshop,” Miller said, “And everyone learned something and had fun.”

The Open Mic night on Wednesday, April 25 at 6 p.m. provides a venue for writers to read their poetry to an enthusiastic audience. It will be held on the first floor of Building Y. Anyone may read during the Open Mic event, but short poems are encouraged to give everyone a chance to read, and readers should keep language family friendly.

“I love how supportive our audiences always are,” Miller said. “Attendees and readers enjoy sharing poetry out loud.”

National Poem in Your Pocket Day is April 26. Promoted by the American Academy of Poets, this event encourages people to carry a poem in their pocket and share it with friends, neighbors, or passersby. The SFSC library offers an assortment of collectable bookmark poems in celebration of the event. Pick one up from the library starting April 1 and share a poem.

For more information, call the SFSC Library at 784-7304 or email Claire A. Miller at claire.miller@southflorida.edu.