What we're about

“Truly fine poetry must be read aloud. A good poem does not allow itself to be read in a low voice or silently. If we can read it silently, it is not a valid poem: a poem demands pronunciation. Poetry always remembers that it was an oral art before it was a written art. It remembers that it was first song."

Jorge Luis Borges

This is a meetup group for people who like to read, and be read to. Everyone is welcome! Bring a passage or two that you like and recite it with the group, then we can talk about the passage and the author. Bring passages from novels, poems, short stories, essays, children's books, journalism, folklore, drama, scripture, criticism, speeches, history, anecdotes, screenplays, memoirs, anything celebrating words.

Writers who want to read their own work are encouraged to do so; those who'd rather just listen without reading are also welcome. Some events we can devote to a theme (e.g. ghosts and gothic writing in October, opening passages), but much of the time it'll just be "pot luck."

Upcoming events (5+)

UNCLE TOM'S CABIN

Dora Keogh

Abraham Lincoln to Harriet Beecher Stowe: "So you're the little woman who wrote the book that made this big war!" Kentucky slave Uncle Tom lets himself be sold "down the river" (to save his fellow slaves from the same fate) and ends up the property of sadistic Texan Simon Legree. Meanwhile, house slave Eliza escapes with her son to save him from being sold. Harriet Beecher Stowe's 1852 novel (originally serialized in an abolitionist magazine) was an immediate sensation, becoming a best-seller in the US and Britain and helping heat up the crisis that led to the Civil War a decade later. It's a sprawling, somewhat uneven epic view of the whole slavery system, addressing issues such as the moral price paid by both slaves and owners, and raising questions still relevant today. (Is Uncle Tom really as subservient as many assume?) This is a joint event with the Classic Book Club.

ROLT event

Dora Keogh

As usual, if you want to read something off-topic or you'd rather just listen, that's OK with us. And if you want to read your own writing, so much the better! The location is the Dora Keogh Irish pub near Broadview station. We'll meet in the room near the front, from 5:00 to 7:00.

ROLT event

Dora Keogh

As usual, if you want to read something off-topic or you'd rather just listen, that's OK with us. And if you want to read your own writing, so much the better! The location is the Dora Keogh Irish pub near Broadview station. We'll meet in the room near the front, from 5:00 to 7:00.

ROLT event

Dora Keogh

As usual, if you want to read something off-topic or you'd rather just listen, that's OK with us. And if you want to read your own writing, so much the better! The location is the Dora Keogh Irish pub near Broadview station. We'll meet in the room near the front, from 5:00 to 7:00.

Past events (139)

ROLT event

Dora Keogh

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