To celebrate National Poetry Month, Hailey Public Library is joining the Free-Range Poetry Society to host an open mic night for poetry lovers on Thursday, April 25, at 5:30 PM at Town Center West.  Poets are invited to read their own poems or favorites written by someone else.  Free Range poets have permission to roam wherever the words take them.  Open mic readers will include Tom Blanchard, Marshall Ralph, Sue Bailey, Kristin Fletcher and Les Shanahan.

“We’ve been delightfully surprised by the response to our poetry nights,” commented Kristin Fletcher, the library’s programs and engagement manager, “Turns out there are a lot of wonderful writers here eager to share their passion for poetry. We want to encourage even more poets to read and thought an open mic night would be the perfect opportunity for both young and old.”

Fletcher continued, “We know some folks love poetry but might feel a little shy about reading their own work.  So, for open mic night, people are welcome to read poems by someone else if they want to.  It’s all about sharing the love of the written word with our community.”

Reading slots are limited and each poet will have 5 minutes to read. Organizers are seeking more readers so those interested are encouraged to sign up in advance by emailing

For more information about this and other talks, call 208-788-2036 or visit

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