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Al Dunn Day of Poetry and Prose growing in popularity, planned for April 12
Thursday, April 05, 2012

Professor Albert A. Dunn
Albert A. Dunn is remembered every year at the Day of Poetry and Prose at SUNY Fredonia. The event benefits a scholarship in his name for English majors.

Inaugurated by the Academy of American Poets in 1996, National Poetry Month is held every April, when publishers, booksellers, literary organizations, libraries, schools and poets around the country band together to celebrate poetry and its vital place in American culture. 

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The growing popularity of the Albert Dunn Day of Poetry and Prose, now in its fourth year, has required moving the event to a larger venue, coordinator Heather McKeever, associate director of development, said.  

The event, which benefits the Albert A. Dunn Memorial Scholarship Endowment and Book Grants given to English majors, will be held Thursday, April 12, in the Alice E. Bartlett Theater from noon to 3:30 p.m. 

The English Department will announce this year's recipients of the Albert A Dunn Memorial Book Grants during the event. 

Faculty, students, alumni and community members wishing to support the event as readers should complete the Reader Participation Form (download the form here), which includes a gift to the Dunn Endowment, and submit it to McKeever at the Fredonia College Foundation, by Friday, March 30.  Forms are also available in the English Department. 

The event--which boasted 50 readings last year--will celebrate the literature taught and loved by the late English Professor Dr. Dunn for 35 years. It is held during National Poetry Month and promotes the art of reading aloud.

"There is no charge to attend and listen, and, due to its length, it is a come and go as you need to event," McKeever said. "Some faculty brought their classes last year."  

Refreshments will be served.

This program is being sponsored by University Advancement, with cooperation from the Department of English, Rockefeller Arts Center and the Department of Theater and Dance.

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