How to Love a Poem: A Poetry Party!

hand and penCome join us as we party with poetry!

WHEN: Thursday, February 11th
TIME:    7pm to 9pm
WHERE: Open Book Bookstore, 7900 High School Rd. Elkins Park, PA

Poetry lovers, we invite you to join us as we celebrate the season of love and the coming of Valentine’s Day with an evening of sharing poetry aloud. Local poets Margaret Sayers and Annie Boagni will lead an evening of poetry readings and recitations in which all are welcome. Some of you may wish to read a poem aloud to the group, and others might like to just listen. Either way, we’ll join together to appreciate the beauty of poetry.

*Note: Please BYO adult beverage!

About our Co-Hosts

Margaret Sayers

Margaret Sayers

Margaret Sayers is a lover of poetry with a long list of favorite poets including Tony Hoagland and Kay Ryan. When she is not busy with her family, her multiple psychology jobs, or volunteer work, she writes poetry as well as flash fiction and short stories. Margaret is especially drawn to poems that capture the beauty of everyday and unexpected moments.

Annie Boagni

Annie Boagni

Annie Boagni is a high school teacher who has always been enamoured with words. When her 2nd  grade teacher wrote on the chalkboard: “Do you have the audacity to doubt my veracity or even insinuate that I would prevaricate?” she swooned. Since then, word work and word play have been a part of her everyday life. In addition to her pithy, and sometimes witty commentary on high school student essays, Annie writes poetry and fiction.


7 – 7:30pm: Meet and mingle, enjoy refreshments. (We’ll provide some, but please feel free to bring!)

7:30pm: The readings begin. Guests are invited to read a poem. If you’d like to read, please email to sign up ahead of time. Your name will be placed in the hat and on the night of the event we’ll pull out names in random order and you will be invited up to share your poem of choice. If you are a poet, you are welcome to bring a piece of your own to share. We’ll also have copies of poems at the event to choose from. Keep in mind that the theme of the evening is love!  [Note: one poem per reader; time limit 5 minutes per reading.]

Recitation: Did your high school English teacher make you memorize Chaucer or Frost or another well-known poem? Throughout the evening, we’ll invite guests to trot out that old poem and recite it for us. You may win a prize!

The program will run until about 8:45pm. Open Book Bookstore will also have a selection of poetry books available for purchase. Call ahead if you’d like any volumes special ordered.

To RSVP or with questions call the store at 267-627-4888 or email

And remember, spots for readers are limited, so sign up ahead of time!

Author: Lynn Rosen

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