Sarah M. Pritchett
Concord University
Office of Advancement
PO Box 1000, Athens, WV 24712
(304) 384-6312,

After 4 p.m.
Office: 304-384-5211
Cell: 304-320-6405

April 20, 2022


ATHENS, W.Va. – Poets – from aspiring to published – and all lovers of poetry are invited to celebrate National Poetry Month during a poetry reading at Concord University on Monday, April 25, 2022.  Hosted by Marsh Library, the event will begin at 7 p.m. in the library’s Presidents Room.

Attendees are invited to read their own work or that of another poet, or simply come to listen and enjoy the evening. The general public is invited to join the Concord campus community in attending at no charge.
Library Associate Jonathan Bolt will emcee the event. Bolt, an award-winning, published poet, will also read some of his work.

“The written word – whether in song, in metered verse, or in free verse poetry – can do so much more than simply report information,” Bolt says. “National Poetry Month gives us a chance to honor the beauty and power of words, their artistic spirit, their fluid nature – words that exist to communicate beauty, depth, richness.  Words can be more than a conveyance for facts – they can be beautiful in and of themselves.  Poetry lets us fully live our language.”

“Launched by the Academy of American Poets in April 1996, National Poetry Month reminds the public that poets have an integral role to play in our culture and that poetry matters,” states the Academy of American Poets website. “Over the years, it has become the largest literary celebration in the world, with tens of millions of readers, students, K–12 teachers, librarians, booksellers, literary events curators, publishers, families, and – of course – poets, marking poetry’s important place in our lives.”

For additional information about the upcoming poetry reading at Concord University, please contact Jonathan Bolt at or 304-384-5373.

Please note that the state of the COVID-19 pandemic and Concord’s adherence to CDC guidelines
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Masking will be optional in all Concord University facilities as long as Mercer County remains in the Green or Yellow on the CDC’s COVID-19 community level map, and the on-campus cases remain low in number.
This reflects the latest guidance by the CDC.

We appreciate your compliance as we do our best to keep students, employees and visitors to campus safe.

Persons with disabilities should contact Nancy Ellison, 1-304-384-6086 or 1-800-344-6679 extension 6086, if special assistance is required for access to an event scheduled by the University on campus.

Celebrate National Poetry Month With A Poetry Reading At The Marsh Library on April 25, 2022 at 7:00pm in the Presidents Room at the Library. Read your own work, or that of another poet, or simply come to listen and enjoy!