Poetry Night Speaks Out Against Domestic Violence
Writers gather at Calamari's with cause in mind
Tuesday, Oct. 1
As October starts, so does Domestic Violence Awareness Month. To kick off the month, SafeNet is partnering up with Poetry Night in Erie to hold the open mic event Speak Out About Domestic Violence on Tuesday, Oct. 1.
Poetry night takes place regularly on Tuesday evenings at Calamari's Squid Row and though this night in particular focuses on domestic violence, all poets are encouraged to share their poems no matter the subject. It is free and open to the public.
The event will be hosted by 2019 Erie County Poet Laureate Chuck Joy, alongside SafeNet.
Chuck Joy is an accomplished poet who has had multiple pieces published in magazines like Great Lakes Review and Foundlings. He is also a founding member and chairman for the Erie County Pennsylvania Poetry Initiative.
SafeNet is a non-profit organization that provides services such as counseling, education, and shelter to victims of domestic violence.
According to SafeNet's website, they are entering this month with poetry because they are emphasizing "self-expression and healing" to those who have experienced domestic violence.
SafeNet will also be hosting other events throughout the month, including their 20th annual conference, a wine event at Presque Isle Wine Cellars, and a Halloween 5k on the peninsula.
– Chloe Forbes
6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. // Calamari's Squid Row. 1317 State St. // safeneterie.org/events