To help celebrate National Poetry Month, come to a reading and open mike event this Thursday, April 9, 7.pm. at the Downtown Library. Acclaimed poet and Central Michigan University Professor Robert Fanning will be reading from both old and new work, the latest of which, American Prophet, is a series of observations by an imaginary black suited prophet who travels through America, visiting its dry cleaners, back streets, big cities and rural landscapes, testing the pulse of the country. One reviewer comments: "...these lyrics work the way poetry is meant to work, they move us past presumption and lax acceptance, past what we think we know, to make us rethink our staid convictions, whatever those might be." After Fanning's reading, people will have the opportunity to read their own work to a very friendly cadre of fellow writers and poetry lovers.