Wesley Rothman and Ryan Wilson at The Catholic University of America, April 11, 2017

On April 11, 2017, Wesley Rothman and Ryan Wilson shared their poetry with university students, staff, and local guests to celebrate National Poetry Month at The Catholic University of America (CUA). The event was co-sponsored by the ALSCW and CUA’s English Graduate Organization (good-humoredly known as EGO), and guests were invited to arrive ready to participate: placed at the auditorium’s entrance was a sign-up sheet for the open-mic portion of the evening’s program. Rothman and Wilson, both doctoral candidates and English instructors at CUA, encouraged all of us—friends, students, and strangers alike—to sign up to recite a work of our own or that of a favorite poet.