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Leap into poetry this Leap Day!

LEAP into Leap Day with a free poetry workshop at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 29 at 1828 Coffee Company in Zebulon. Hear poems from a talented local poet and learn his writing process as you create your own poem with different prompts offered. Share your poem at the end of the session or submit it for publication in the Pike County Journal Reporter.

Ethan Jacobs will have copies of his book Dust: A Collection of Romantic and Southern Gothic Poetry on hand to sell and to sign. The book includes around 50 poems, including many influenced by growing up in Pike County.

“My dad was always literary and he read poems to me when I was a kid,” said Ethan. “I’ve always liked poetry but I only started writing my own poems when I was around 20 or so. I like how words become more powerful when they are concise and rhythmic.”

Ethan is a musician and started with songwriting, quickly realizing he preferred to write poems without music. He attended Auburn University and graduated with his education degree in 2020 – amidst the worldwide pandemic when many schools were shut down and few were hiring. He started working at The Wood Yard in Concord and continued writing poetry.

“Poetry is good practice in expressing thoughts and feelings because it helps people process the things they can’t help but think about,” he said.

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