(Above, POL’s directors over the years, Elisabeth Frost, Frank Boyle and Heather Dubrow)

The lighting was subdued, the audience laid back, and the mood pitched from contemplative to sentimental to celebratory, as poetry lovers filled the Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts on Oct. 27 to celebrate 20 years of Fordham University’s Poets Out Loud.

Poets J.D. McClatchy and Julie Sheehan read their works for more than 300 attendees. A trio of musicians, led by Lawrence Kramer, Ph.D., Distinguished Professor of English, performed his original composition Song Cycle both in spoken format and to music.

“At 20 years, this is just the beginning,” said POL Founder Frank Boyle, Ph.D., associate professor of English. “[We have] wild expectations for the future.”

(Photos by Michael Dames)

–Janet Sassi