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Read poetry while biking on the Erie Lackawanna this weekend

The Erie Lackawanna Trail will host the Ride & Read on Saturday.


William Wordsworth famously wrote that poetry is "the spontaneous overflow of powerful feelings: it takes its origin from emotion recollected in tranquility."

That doesn't mean poetry must be read in tranquility.

You could in fact read some verse while pedaling 15 mph along the Erie Lackawanna Trail during the Ride & Read in downtown Highland on Saturday, although it's recommended you dismount at every station.

Highland Poet Laureate Janine Harrison organized the Ride & Read event, which will take place between 10 a.m. and noon on the Erie Lackawanna Trail, starting at the corner of Jewett Avenue and Fifth Street across from Dan's Pierogis.

"Fun for the whole family!" a Facebook event announcement stated. "Ride, rollerblade or walk from station to station for a morning filled with fun poetry and prose activities! Exercise your body, spirit, and mind all at the same time!"

Poetry will be posted along the trail through downtown Highland. Local literary groups, such as the Indiana Writers’ Consortium, Magic Hour Writers, First Friday Wordsmiths of PNW, Highland Writers Group, Write-On Hoosiers, will have stations, where they'll have readings, open mic performances and more.

The Ride & Read event is free.

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