David Paulk
Ohio.com correspondent


FAIRLAWN: The Fairlawn-Bath branch of the Akron Public Library will host a Poetry Café that promises a temporary stomping ground for anyone who enjoys the subtle ambiance of poetry.



Youth librarian Theresa Munka said the poetry cafe is open to anyone who likes poetry. Starting at 6:30 p.m. on April 11, the stage is available to artists wishing to recite original or already established works of poetry.



“It is really an opportunity for teens and the adults to share their poetry,” Munka said. “They are also welcome to read a favorite poet, if they have one.”



Although Munka is trying to attract the writers of the community, she also wants to make sure each attendee is as comfortable as possible. That is where the cafe part of her planning is set into motion. While people are performing, the audience and future participants will enjoy a cafe style setting, where food and beverages will be available.



“It’s very casual,” Munka said. “Whatever way the poets are the most comfortable.”



Munka says it’s been at least three years since the library hosted a poetry cafe. She said this year was highly motivated by the upcoming National Poetry Month, which is held every year in April. The Academy of American Poets established it in 1996.



“It’s a good month to promote reading and writing poetry,” Munka said.