Press Release

For Immediate Release: March 17, 2021

Free Virtual Reading of Shout! in Honor of National Poetry Month

Union County, NJ – In honor of National Poetry Month, the Union County Office of Cultural and Heritage Affairs will be hosting Emmy Award nominee Susanna Rich for a virtual performance of Shout! on April 14 at 6:00 p.m. Shout! is a collection of Rich’s original poetry, which recreates the experiences of suffragists through the battle for Suffrage and Equal Rights during key historical moments.

“Suffragists fought long and hard for equal rights, and it is incredibly important that we continue to recognize this fight,” said Union County Board of Commissioners Chairman Alexander Mirabella. “We are proud to honor the hard work of suffragists and remember their legacies as we celebrate National Poetry Month with this performance.”

Shout! is written from the points-of-view of core suffragist figures during key moments in the fight for equal rights, ranging from the 1848 Seneca Falls Woman’s Rights Convention and the 1920 Tennessee ratification of the Susan B. Anthony Amendment, to 21st century women.

Admission to Shout! is free of charge on Zoom. To receive the Zoom link, pre-registration is required at https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_x3PdqD03RKCF0V0gGHuXDg​.

Susanna Rich is a Professor of English at Kean University. Rich specializes in writing historical poetry, with a focus on creating dynamic, four-dimensional experiences for readers and audiences. In 2008, Rich founded Wild Nights Productions, which creates one-woman, audience-interactive poetry experiences. In addition to being nominated for an Emmy Award, Rich has been awarded a Fulbright Fellowship in Creative Writing and received numerous awards and honors for her poetry.

To learn more about Susanna Rich, visit susannarich.com. For more information about Shout!, visit wildnightsproductions.com/shout-poetry-for-suffrage.

This program is funded in part by a grant from the New Jersey Historical Commission, a Division of Cultural Affairs in the Department of State. 

The Union County Office of Cultural and Heritage Affairs is a division of the Union County Department of Parks and Recreation. For more information on the Office of Cultural and Heritage Affairs, visit ucnj.org/parks-recreation/cultural-heritage-affairs/ or call 908-558-2550.

For more information and updates on all Union County services during the COVID-19 outbreak, including the Drive-Through Test Center at Kean University, the Mobile Test Unit walk-up sites, vaccination information, emergency food distribution and other support services, visit ucnj.org/covid19. General information about COVID-19 is available through the New Jersey Department of Health at nj.gov/health.

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