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Arts & Entertainment Poetry Alive! Performs in Franklin Feb. 22

Poetry Alive! will present a program of poetry performance on Tuesday, Feb. 22, at 7 p.m., in the Macon County Public Library Meeting Room in Franklin.

Bringing poetry from the page to the stage, the Poetry Alive! team of two professional actors presents memorized poems in theatrical style, turning verse into script and audience members into fellow actors.

The result is a high-energy, interactive show that not only entertains but also infuses the audience with a heightened appreciation of classic and contemporary poetry. To commemorate Black History Month, the program will include works of prominent African-American poets.

Founded in 1984, Asheville-based Poetry Alive! has performed to more than six million people in 48 states and many foreign countries including Guam, South Korea, and Peru.

The Arts Council has been bringing them to Macon County schools since 1990; the actors will perform to students and faculty in Cartoogechaye, East Franklin, and Iotla Valley Schools on Tuesday and Wednesday.

There is no admission charge; donations will be taken to support the Artists-in-the-Schools Program. The Library is adjacent to the Macon campus of Southwestern Community College on Siler Farm Road, off Siler Road. This event is sponsored by the Arts Council of Macon County, with funding support from the Grassroots Arts Program of the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Department of Cultural Resources.

For information contact the Macon Arts Council, (828)524-7683 or


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