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March 2, 2018

Ocean County College Celebrates National Poetry Month in April

April is National Poetry Month and Ocean County College will celebrate with its 17th Annual Poetry Festival!  The OCC School of Arts & Humanities and the Office of Student Life will sponsor two events on the OCC Main Campus, College Drive, Toms River.  Admission is free and open to the public.

On Monday, April 2, 11:00 a.m., Main Stage, Grunin Center, a Poetry Reading by Amal Kassir, a Muslim woman, born and raised in Denver, CO, to a German-Iowan mother and a Syrian father. Kassir is an international spoken word poet, having performed in 10 countries, conducting workshops, giving lectures, and reciting her poetry in venues ranging from youth prisons and refugee camps to universities and churches. Kassir lived in Syria for many years, where her time there helped her understand the people’s suffering – while the freedoms she has in America allowed her to become an activist on their behalf. She performs slam poetry at festivals and political rallies around the U.S. Her work in the community involves humanitarian initiatives for Syria, speaking out and organizing against Islamophobia, and empowering the voice of the marginalized through writing and speaking.

On Tuesday, April 3, 12:30 p.m., 2nd Floor, Student Center, there will be an Open Mic Poetry Reading by Ocean County College Students.

For information on Ocean County College’s Poetry Month Celebration, call Christine Bryant, College Lecturer of English, at 732-255-0400, ext. 2194, or email