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The 2018 Women’s History Month Poetry Reading will honor English professor Susan McLean in the Whipple Gallery from 12:30-1:20 p.m. on Wednesday, Mar. 14.

McLean initiated this annual event, which spotlights and celebrates women poets, in 1997. She has organized the event as well as chose the poets and themes each year. Because she will be retiring from SMSU this May, the event planning committee is honoring her talent by reading poems from her two books, The Best Disguise and The Whetstone Misses the Knife, as well as her chapbook, Holding Patterns.

In an interview, McLean stated that her poems are written in both free verse and with rhymed words. She said the books include funny and serious poems about her life, current events, favorite myths and writers, current and former colleagues and students, along with miscellaneous interests.

The event is free and all are welcome to attend. Readers at the event include SMSU students, faculty, staff, and administrators Dean Aimee Shouse and President Connie J. Gores. Some participants will be reading their favorite McLean poems, and others will share McLean’s favorite poems. According to McLean, the poems include sonnets, villanelles, triolets and other forms. The poems are brief, accessible to a general audience and entertaining.

McLean shared that she is “pleased and happy to be honored by [her] friends, colleagues, and students in this way, and to share [her] poems with the SMSU community.”

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