February 18, 2009     

AMHERST, Mass.—On Wednesday, Feb. 18, from 9 to 11 p.m., the Mead Art Museum at Amherst College will host this semester’s first 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. Subsequent No-Mic Open-Mic evenings will be held at the same time and place on Wednesday, March 4; Tuesday, March 24; Wednesday, April 8; and Wednesday, April 22.

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 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 afterward in the museum’s lobby.

The Mead Art Museum houses the art collection of Amherst College, totaling more than 16,000 works. An accredited member of the American Association of Museums, the Mead participates in Museums10, a regional cultural collaboration. During the academic term, the museum is open Tuesday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to midnight and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday. For more information, please visit the museum’s Web site, www.amherst/museums/mead, or call 413/542-2335.