Poetry Rocks Night at Art Center East!


Grace Dehnel reads her poem at Poetry Rocks Night. (Grace Dehnel)

Creativity is always something that is hard to grasp in our fast-moving, modern society. It’s important to encourage and advocate for town events that foster young, innovative minds that strive to create.

The Poetry Rocks night happens four times throughout the year. This night serves to promote creativity and writing within the Vernon community, with an Open Mic and even refreshments served after the readings. Admissions are free to the public and anyone is able to attend! They accept donations at the door but nobody is required to donate or share any poems.

Two seniors, Natalie Crowley, the new Vernon poet laureate and Grace Dehnel, who placed first place in the Sean Forbes ECE writing contest, were invited on December 3rd, 2023 to read at the Vernon Arts Center’s quarterly Poetry Rocks night.

Both students are enrolled in the Humanities Scholars program within the school and have received numerous awards and prizes, respectively, for their creative works during their time in the program.

At the arts night, they both present some of their most notable writing pieces in front of some well known poets as well as some Vernon residents who attended and also shared some of their own poems. Considering checking the Poetry Rocks night out? You can visit their events and classes calendar at https://artscentereast.org/classes-and-events/ to register for the next night.

Natalie Crowley reads her poetry at Poetry Rocks Night. (Grace Dehnel)