Missouri Poet Laureate, Quincy and Hannibal Poetry Nights, April 26 & May 3, 7 pm

Unity Church of Quincy’s two years of Poetry Nights have been so inspirational they have jumped across the Mississippi River and landed in Hannibal, Missouri, at Planter’s Barn Theater!!!

The April 26 session at Unity Church of Quincy, 403 Hampshire, will feature both writers and musicians, while Hannibal’s May 3 evening will focus on the presence and poetry of Missouri’s poet laureate, Aliki Barnstone, and will include only her poetry and that of other poets from the Missouri/Illinois area. Anyone interested in sharing their writings or music in Quincy may contact Bryant Holliday at 217-617-9023. A love offering of $3 per person or $5 per couple is suggested at Unity. There is no fee for Hannibal’s Poetry Night but donations are welcome. Snacks are provided at each venue.

Barnstone’s first book of poetry, The Real Tin Flower, was published when she was twelve years old. Pullitzer Prize winning poet Anne Sexton wrote the forward. Aliki’s writing has always been inspired by nature, as she was raised in Bloomington, Indiana, and spent her summers in Vermont, much of that time outdoors and entertaining herself without TV and electronics. Both of her parents are artists: her mother, Tzalopoulou-Barnstone, is a visual artist and her father, Willis Barnstone, was nominated four times for a Pullitzer Prize for his poetry. Aliki Barnstone’s books include works of poetry, anthologies, translation, and literary criticism.

”Every poem is a journey,” Barnstone said. “It’s a journey of discovery.” Join her in Hannibal on Friday, May 3, at 7 pm, at Planter’s Barn Theater, 319 North Main. There is no fee for attending but donations are welcome. Other poets may share their writings after Barnstone’s presentation.

Both evenings of poetry will include time for questions and open mic time for those who want to share their poetry.