January 7, 2010

AMHERST, Mass.—On Wednesday, Feb. 17, from 9 to 11 p.m., the MeadArt Museum at AmherstCollege will host this semester’s first No-Mic Open-Mic poetry reading in the Rotherwas Room. Organized and hosted by sophomore Max Kaisler ’11, the event is free and open to the public. Other No-Mic Open Mics will take place on Wednesday, March 3; Wednesday, March 24; Wednesday, April 7; and Wednesday, April 21.

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 MeadArt Museum houses the art collection of AmherstCollege, 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.