“Writers Read” will feature an open mic featuring Beat poetry Thursday, March 21, at L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library, 400 Eau Claire St.

The reading will be in the library's Eau Claire Room.

Noted Beat Generation poet and publisher Lawrence Felinghetti is a founder of the City Lights Bookstore, a publisher of Allen Ginsberg’s book "Howl" and a survivor of the obscenity trial that followed its release. The March 21 reading is in honor of his 100th birthday this month.

Readers can bring their favorite Beat poem to read for five minutes, or read their own Beat-style poem or very short prose. Sign-up starts at 5:30. Listeners are welcome.

For more information call 715-839-5004, or email the library at librarian@eauclaire.lib.wi.us. To learn more about library programs, go to ecpubliclibrary.info.

The program will be hosted by Karen Loeb, Eau Claire’s writer in residence. Loeb is a professor emerita of the UW–Eau Claire English department. Her fiction and poetry have appeared in Fiction Southeast, Hanging Loose, New Ohio Review and other magazines. Her poem “In the Science Museum” won the 2016 Wisconsin People & Ideas contest.