Blackout Poetry Workshop

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In celebration of National Poetry Month , University Libraries will be hosting a Blackout Poetry Workshop on Monday, April 17th, from 12:00 noon to 1 PM in Room 180 of Malpass Library.

Blackout poetry is a technique for creating poetry that takes an existing text – such as a page from a book, or a newspaper article– and obscures or “blacks out” certain words in order to highlight others. The remaining, highlighted words create a new poem from the original text.

The workshop is free and open to those of all ages. Bring your friends, bring your lunch, bring your children. Participants may bring their own original texts (magazines, newspapers, books, etc.) or use those provided at the workshop. Completed blackout poems may also be contributed to the Poem In Your Pocket project:

For more information, contact Christina Norton at or 309-298-3298