Politicians, preachers and students are among those who will be sharing their favorite poems this month with Lawrence residents.
During April, National Poetry Month, different people throughout Lawrence are reading their favorite poems, starting at 7 p.m. each Friday at Borders Books Music & Cafe, 700 N.H.
The project, a local variation of the Library of Congress Favorite Poem Project, was organized by Luci Tapahonso, a Kansas University professor, and Borders.
"What we are doing is asking people in the community to read two of their favorite poems," Tapahonso said. "People that are writers can read one poem of their own."
Scheduled to read tonight are Maley Wilkins, the Lawrence school board president; Bob Martin, president of Haskell Indian Nations University; Lia DeRoin and Chamisa Bah Edmo, Lawrence students; Lawrence Mayor Marty Kennedy; Michael Kautsch and Michael Johnson, both Kansas University professors; and Hank Booth, of KLZR-KLWN radio station.
"It's been amazing," Tapahonso said. "We have people that are students from elementary to KU, business owners, city servants, state government.
"We just want to show that everyone reads poetry, and that poetry is important in our lives. ... I think it's going to be exciting."