ArtsBridge to celebrate poetry

BENTON HARBOR, Mich. — ArtsBridge, a celebration of the arts in our neighborhood, will present its seventh annual poetry reading at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 7, 2016 at First Presbyterian Church, 475 Green Ave. on Morton Hill in Benton Harbor.

Poet lovers of all ages are invited to attend and read a poem they have written or listen to others as they share. Possible topics may include nature, feelings, love, personal philosophy, diversity and spirituality.

“This (event) will take place in an intimate and non-intimidating setting,” said Isabel Jackson, event organizer. “Attendees may read their own work or have someone else read it. Participation is highly encouraged. All present will have the option to simply listen.”

Some of the past participants include George Barfield, Pearl Blaylock, Bill Brady, David Brady, Penn Campbell, Debra Davis, Sue Goens, Darlene Hawkins, Marnie Heyn, Jeanette Holton, Isabel Jackson, Rev. Laurie Hartzell, Julie Kortidis, Eileen (Bean) Klusendorf, Linda Lobik, Gary McCormick, Maggie Mendus, and Rev. Emeritus Doug Petersen, students from St. Joseph High School and Lake Michigan College.

“In a community that is often known for its racial and socio-economic divisions, ArtsBridge provides a safe space where people can come together through the creative and performing arts,” said Rev. Hartzell, the minister at First Presbyterian church. There is incredible talent throughout our community — what a joy to share in it together.”

Admission is free, but donations awill be ccepted. A reception will follow the program. For more information, call (269) 925-7075, visit the website FirstPresBH.org or find it on Facebook at First Presbyterian of Benton Harbor.

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