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The 10th Annual John Milton Poetry Festival

Yours truly will be reading mid-afternoon on Saturday December 6th in Milton, DE. A cute seaside town. Come on for good beer, and great regional poetry.

From the official release by the John Milton and Company Bookstore

The Event itself begins with the opening of the Milton Theatre's doors to the public at 12:00, with Dr. T. Ross Leasure reading John Milton's "Ode on the Morning of Christ's Nativity" as a prelude to the Salisbury University Chamber Choir's musical performance of the introduction to that Ode, followed by a concert of Renaissance choral music. At 2 PM the Delmarva Poetry Publishers and Editors group will take the stage to answer questions from the audience, and brief readings by invited poets who have been published in those Publishers and Editors' magazines. At 3 PM the marathon "Readers Reunion" begins. Following a dutch treat dinner atIrish Eyes, direectly across from the Theater, the Dogfish Head Poetry Prize evening will begin at 7:30 with readings by a few special guests, followed by the presentation of the 6th Annual Dogfish Head Poetry Prize by Dogfish Head founder and CEO Sam Calagione, with a reception and book signing to follow.

Sunday the 7th of December, the 75th Anniversary of Delaware Day, will see student-poets from the three Milton Public Schools recite their prize-winning poems, while a concurrent VIP reception occurs in the Parish Hall of St. John the Baptist Episcopal Church. Bagpipers will lead processions from both locations at 3PM to Milton's Mill Park for the dedication and unveiling of the John Milton Memorial Statue a mere two days before John Milton's 400th Birthday. The dedication will be followed by a dutch treat John Milton Day Dinner at Irish Eyes to benefit the Milton Community Foundation, which has undertaken the fundraising effort necessary for the cost of the statue and its installation.


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