Michael Czarnecki Presents a Poet’s View of the Mississippi River

Rochester area writer will describe his tour of the ‘Great River’

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Michael Czarnecki

Michael Czarnecki, poet and founder of the Kanona, N.Y., poetry press Foothills Publishing, will describe his journey down the Mississippi River and read his poetry inspired by it and the people he met along the way at 6 p.m. Feb. 8 at Rochester Institute of Technology.

Czarnecki journeyed by car for 30 days along the length of the Mississippi River, from Lake Itasca, Minn., to Venice, La. Along the way, he visited schools, gave poetry readings, delved into the natural and human history of the region and wrote a daily newspaper column for the Corning Leader and a daily journal report for 21 schools in three states. He will read experts from his book on the experience and tell the story of his trip down the river.

The event, which is free and open to the public, is sponsored by RIT’s Office of Student Affairs, Poets & Writers Inc. and the New York State Council on the Arts.

WHAT: A poet’s view of the Mississippi River

WHO: Michael Czarnecki, poet and founder of Foothills Publishing

WHEN: 6 p.m. Feb. 8

WHERE: Faculty Commons, College of Liberal Arts, RIT