Dr. Fredrick Douglass Dixon, Dr. Caskey Russell, and graduate student Nicole Foss will serve as panel members with moderator Dr. Scott Henkel. This panel will provide a fun yet educational response to those who believe poetry is hard to read and hard to understand. Panelists will share their experiences and show audiences how to love (or at least like) poetry more. This panel also offers those who already love poetry an opportunity to share their experiences as well. This event will contextualize the history of African American poetry and foster a better understanding of this genre.