November 25, 2008     

AMHERST, Mass.—On Wednesday, Dec. 3, from 9 to 11 p.m., the Mead Art Museum at Amherst College will host the first-ever No-Mic Open-Mic Poetry Reading in the Rotherwas Room. Organized by sophomore Max Kaisler on behalf of the college’s Marsh Arts House, the event is free and open to the public.

During No-Mic Open-Mic, poets and poetry-lovers alike will be invited to read five to seven minutes of poetry—original work or personal favorites— in the Mead’s 16th-century, Jacobean Rotherwas Room.  The location is the perfect setting for the activity: between 1949 and 1962, Robert Frost offered public readings of his poems in the room during his regular visits to Amherst.

Participants are encouraged to arrive promptly to sign up for a spot on the reading list. Attendees can look forward to warm cookies and hot chocolate, which will be served afterwards in the museum’s lobby.

The Mead Art Museum is open year-round from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesdays through Sundays, and until 9 p.m. on the first Thursday of each month. During the academic term, the museum also remains open until midnight on school nights (Sundays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays). Admission is always free of charge, and the museum is fully accessible. To learn more, please visit the Mead’s Web site,, or call 413/542-2335.