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Center Valley Cypher offers poetic food for thought

9/23/2009 —

Among the new opportunities at Penn State Lehigh Valley's new campus location in Center Valley is an informal weekly lunchtime gathering aimed at poets and poetry-lovers.


Center Valley Cypher invites students and other Penn State Lehigh Valley community members to bring their lunch and a poem or two to share with the group. The weekly session will be held at 1 p.m. on Wednesdays beginning September 30, in room 308.


"The name ‘Cypher’ is taken from the term for an improvisational session for hip-hop artists," said Margaret Christian, associate professor of English at Penn State Lehigh Valley and emcee of the first gathering. "Participants don’t have to break-dance, rap, or improvise poetry on the spot, though—they could even bring a favorite poem to read aloud. We will give precedence to student-authored poems, however."

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