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Rhyme* Around the Clock: Second Annual 24-Hour Poetry Marathon in Downtown Montgomery, April 18-19

*or not—free, formal, blank, rap, hip-hop, it’s all good

In celebration of National Poetry Month and in anticipation of the 2013 Alabama Book Festival, the second annual 24-hour poetry marathon will be held April 18-19 in downtown Montgomery. Any interested poets may participate by reading their own work or that of another poet, or both. Get on the list to read by calling 334-834-3556 or by sending an email to deric.sallas (at)

Images from 2012 Rhyme Around the Clock
At the 2012 event, author and poet Joseph Trimble reads at Court Square at sunrise; AUM student Matt Johnson reads in the NewSouth Bookstore.

The event is co-sponsored by NewSouth Books, the Village Gallery, and Smoothies ‘n Things, at 105–109 South Court Street, at the corner of Court and Washington, just one block south of Court Square Fountain, and by Cool Beans at the Cafe d’Art, a block west of the fountain at 115 Montgomery Street.

The event will begin Thursday, April 18th, at 6 p.m. at the NewSouth Bookstore. At 7:30 p.m. it will move next door to the Village Gallery. Around daybreak on Friday morning the reader for that time slot will move to Court Square Fountain for reading as the sun rises over the Alabama Capitol. At 7 a.m. the event will move to Cool Beans for a caffeine jolt, then to Smoothies n’ Things from 9–10:30 A.M., then back to the NewSouth Bookstore, and the last reader will end at 6 p.m.

On Friday evening, April 19th, the Alabama Book Festival will have its opening reception for the writers who will be on the program Saturday, April 20th. A full poetry track will be featured at the Festival, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (gates open at 9 a.m.), at Old Alabama Town (Hull and Jefferson streets, six blocks northeast of the fountain).

Download the official Rhyme Around the Clock informational flyer.

The NewSouth Bookstore
105 S. Court St.

The Village Gallery
107 S. Court St.

Smoothies ‘n Things
109 S. Court St.

Cool Beans
115 Montgomery St.

— all at Montgomery, AL 36104 —