Their college days may be behind them, but two recent Montana State University Billings graduates are still promoting poetry and trying to get books into the hands of kids.
Charity Dewing and Korilynn Kessler, who graduated with extended English majors last weekend, are organizing Pints for a Cause for Monday night at Yellowstone Valley Brewing Co.’s Garage Pub. It runs from 5 to 8 p.m. The brewery will donate $1 from each pint sold to the English Honor Society at MSU Billings, Sigma Tau Delta. The money will help purchase library books for Washington and Broadwater elementary schools,
Dewing conducted a 12-week poetry unit with students at Washington Elementary through the Arts Without Boundaries program and they were excited to see her again on Monday. She selected six third and fourth grade students to read poetry at the Garage on Monday.
“These kids were amazing at writing,” Dewing said. “They just don’t have that pesky adult editor telling them, ‘It’s not good enough.’”
Other local poets will also read, including MSU Billings English professor Tami Haaland, who is Montana’s Poet Laureate, and another MSUB professor Dannell Jones.
Kessler has been scouring town for businesses willing to donate gift cards for a silent auction and local bookstore, A Few Books More donated $200 in books to be sold at the event.