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Read Women's Writing Collective member Liz Allen's column in the Sunday, April 24 edition of The Erie Times-NewsThere is rhyme and reason to poetry -- and a role for it, too.

Poem in Your Pocket Day: hundreds of poems distributed

Marcy Hall, artist and Outreach Services Manager, Erie County Public Library

The Writing Studio celebrated National Poem in Your Pocket Day on April 21 by coordinating poetry give-a-ways at four locations. The main branch of the Erie County Public Library distributed 500 individually rolled and ribbon-tied poems and each of its four branches gave away 100 poems.

Public Art: Step into Poetry

Step into Poetry Public Art

April is National Poetry Month, the largest literary celebration in the world, and 2016 will mark the 20th anniversary of this event. The Writing Studio is celebrating with Step into Poetry: One of the best ways to transform a blighted area is to infuse it with art that “plants a measure of splendor in people’s hearts.” The Writing Studio plans to paint 20 illustrated, three-line poems called haiku on 20 front steps of residences, city properties, and businesses on eastside Erie.

More on Step Into Poetry

Erie Reader's Katie Chriest acknowledges Step into Poetry noting that "we are lucky enough to live among numerous poets who help us to look beyond headlines and statistics and to reimagine what we take ourselves and our city to be." Read Katie Chriest's "Just a Thought" here.

Poem in Your Pocket Day

Women's Writing Collective plans Poem in Your Pocket Day: (L to R) Mary Lou Kownacki, Marcy Hall, Liz Allen, Kathy Felong, Hannah Paul, Laura Rutland, Linda Romey (photographer)

The Erie County Public Library, in partnership with The Writing Studio, has organized an Erie celebration for National Poem in Your Pocket Day on April 21. The local and national events bring attention to National Poetry Month, which is celebrated every April. Erie’s Poem in Your Pocket Day will be celebrated at four places: the Erie County Public Library’s Blasco Library; English Department, Gannon University; East High School; and Sister Gus’ Kids Cafe.

Conversation and book reading with Sister Joan Chittister

Joan Chittister reads from her new book, Two Dogs and a Parrot, at The Writing Studio

Award-winning author Sister Joan Chittister discussed and read sections from her new book, Two Dogs and a Parrot: What Our Animal Friends Can Teach Us About Life, to a standing-room-only audience on Wednesday, Nov. 18, at The Writing Studio. View the reading video here.


The Writing Studio is part of The Studio at Saint Mary’s: Space to Create, where studio space is available for artists and innovative programs that can positively impact center-city Erie. For more information, contact Holly Nowak.

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