Celebrating National Poetry Month at RVC

April is not just another month; it's the time when words dance off pages, melodies of emotions intertwine, and the power of expression reigns supreme.

Poetry Month

Join us on April 3 for Poetry Readings

Yes, it's National Poetry Month, and here at Rock Valley College (RVC), we are embracing the beauty of language, celebrating the profound impact of poetry on our lives, and honoring two distinguished individuals who have contributed to the world of verse.

Join us for an unforgettable evening on April 3 from 5 – 6 pm as we kick off National Poetry Month with a celebration of words, rhythm, and emotion. The event will be held in the Estelle M. Black Library located in the Educational Resource Center (ERC) on RVC’s Main Campus on 3301 North Mulford Road.

‌Allow us to introduce our esteemed poetry readers for this special occasion:

Dr. Sarah Etlinger: A revered member of RVC's English Department, Dr. Etlinger embodies the essence of literary expertise. With years of experience and a profound understanding of the written word, her poetry resonates with depth and insight. Each verse is a journey, crafted meticulously to evoke emotions and provoke thoughts. Dr. Etlinger's contributions to the world of poetry extend far beyond the confines of academia, touching the hearts and minds of readers worldwide.

Jenna Goldsmith: An illustrious alumna of RVC and the Poet Laureate of Rockford, Jenna Goldsmith's name is synonymous with poetic brilliance. Her verses are a reflection of our community's essence, capturing its spirit and intricacies with unparalleled grace. Jenna's poetry celebrates the beauty of human experience, weaving tales of love, loss, resilience, and hope. Through her words, she paints a vivid portrait of life, inviting readers to immerse themselves in the myriad emotions that define our existence.

Both Dr. Etlinger and Jenna Goldsmith are renowned for their multiple volumes of published work, each a testament to their unwavering commitment to the craft of poetry. Their verses transcend boundaries, bridging gaps between generations, cultures, and perspectives.

As we celebrate National Poetry Month at RVC, let us take a moment to revel in the magic of language, to appreciate the profound impact of poetry on our lives, and to honor the visionaries who continue to enrich our world with their words. Join us in paying tribute to Dr. Sarah Etlinger and Jenna Goldsmith, whose contributions to the world of poetry enrich our lives and inspire us to see the world through a different lens.