By Megan Hansen/Around & About editor

April is National Poetry Month, and the department of English and theatre, along with Sigma Tau Delta, are sponsoring a poetry marathon to celebrate.”This is the second annual 24-hour poetry reading,” said Susan Kroeg, faculty adviser to Sigma Tau Delta, the English honors society.

The 24-hour marathon poetry reading will be from noon today until noon on Friday in the Powell Plaza in front of the Meditation Chapel.

Students, faculty, staff and members of the Richmond community will be reading poetry at the event.

Readers will be given 15 minutes to read poetry, either original or written by others.

Everyone who reads at the poetry marathon will be given a T-shirt with this year’s slogan, “Up All Night!”

Kroeg said members of the audience would be eligible for giveaways throughout the night.

Donations will also be collected at the poetry marathon to help the Madison County Public Library buy poetry books.

If you still want to read at the 24-hour poetry marathon, it is not too late to sign up.

“We have sign-ups every 15 minutes,” Kroeg said.

You can go to the English department Web site at to sign up, or you can stop by and see what time slots are left, Kroeg said.

“We still have openings at the wee hours of the night,” she said. “If no one signs up, members of Sigma Tau Delta will read.”

At last year’s reading, Kroeg said, around 90 people read.

“I thought we had a good turnout,” Kroeg said.

For more information about the poetry marathon, you can call Kroeg at 622-2282.

“It’s a lot of fun,” Kroeg said. “You can stop by and listen for awhile.”

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