This Saturday, February 20, from 6 - 9pm, Flint's Buckham Gallery will host "Figures of Speech," a night of poetry by University of Michigan-Flint students. Gallery Manager Jen Sikora explains, "'Figures of Speech' is a poetry event intended to work in tandem with our current exhibition 'Constructive Witticism.' Where the exhibition itself focuses mostly on the concept of construction, as many of the pieces are mixed media assemblages, the poetry reading is focused on wordplay, or the use of textual elements in the artworks of Barbara Dorchen, an artist from the Detroit area."

Each month Buckham Gallery hosts some kind of event, be it poetry or some other performance, to coincide with that month's display of art. February's event seemed to come together naturally. Sikora says, "It just happened that this exhibition seemed to coincide well with the high level poetry class taught by Jan Worth-Nelson this semester." Worth-Nelson is a widely published writer who will be reading alongside approximately ten of her students. Light refreshments will be serves and there will be an intermission where attendees will have the opportunity to check out the artwork and talk to the poets.

Admission is a suggested $1.00 donation to the gallery. Buckham Gallery is located at 134 1/2 W. 2nd Street, Flint. For more information on Buckham Gallery, visit

© Gina Myers, 2010