Lee Herrick, Fresno’s poet laureate, knew he wanted to do something in response to the horrific mass shooting in Orlando. He hopes that art can make a difference. That’s why he organized “Orlando: A Poetry Reading in Memory of the Dead & Against Violence and Hate.”
More than 30 local poets will participate.
Herrick describes the event as a “special evening of poetry and sharing as we remember the 49 dead and raise our voices against violence and hate toward the LGBTQ community.”
It is free and and open to all ages. The event may contain adult language and content.
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Among those scheduled to read are Jennifer Bao Yu Jue-Steuck, Nick Belardes, Megan Bohigian, Adam Chavez, Ernie Garcia, Zachary Gonzalez, Bryan Medina, Michael Medrano, Alice Shabazian, Carleigh Takemoto and Soul Vang.
Readers will have a maximum of three minutes to share poetry and remarks.
Herrick organized previous readings in support of Hurricane Katrina survivors and the 2011 Tsunami survivors.
“I have been deeply saddened by the shooting deaths of so many people, in Charleston, Newtown, and most recently, Orlando,” he says. “This poetry reading is open to all and aims to send light and support to Orlando, those impacted, and to lend support to those in our own community as well.”
Orlando: A Poetry Reading in Memory of the Dead & Against Violence and Hate
- 5-7 p.m. Saturday, June 25
- Alice Peters Auditorium, Fresno State
- Free parking in lots P5 and P6