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Poetry Reading Etiquette

By Harriet Staff

...And no, this post isn't for audience members. Recalling a painfully awkward experience at a reading, poet Leigh Stein gives a brief how-to guide for poets of all experience levels. Her advice seems pretty straightforward, but apparently some people need to re-examine their poetry reading methods (tsk, tsk.) A sample:

Respect the other readers

Even if you went first, don’t leave before the reading is over. Please. Unless it is a four-hour poetry reading, in which case you totally have my permission, because I have left those at half-time, too. Be nice. Treat everyone as your equal. You’re all here together for this moment, and who knows when, or under what circumstances, you’ll all meet again.

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Originally Published: August 1st, 2012