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Local bookstore encourages debate, originality through poetry forum

Sept. 12, 1996

Chelsa Dunn/The LariatBarnes & Noble Booksellers is opening its doors for poetry night at 7 p.m. Readings, critiques and discussions are a part of the meetings.

By Blake Riordan

Lariat Reporter

For those who enjoy reading, composing or listening to poetry, Barnes & Noble Booksellers' poetry night is the place to be.

Poetry night will be held from 7-9 p.m. tonight at Barnes & Noble Booksellers.

Barnes & Noble poetry night consists of a local group of eight to 10 poetry lovers who meet to discuss and read poetry, said Brenda Khozein, community relations coordinator for Barnes & Noble Booksellers.

'Our group is made up of people who really love poetry. They love to write poetry, to read poetry and to hear each other's poetry,' Khozein said.

The group's members read their own origianl works and then allow the audience to comment and critique freely.

The night also includes readings form such famous poets as Thoreau and Rumi.

Khozein assures that poetry night is not exclusively for the group's members.

'We encourage the audience to read their own poetry and participate in the conversations about the other readings,' Khozein said.

The audience for poetry night varies from students to local citizens according to Khozein.

'We welcome Baylor students and Waco citizens. The more people and poetry, the better,' Khozein said.

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