Luther's English students have multiple opportunities to perform. In the Writer's Voice course, students often memorize poems and recite them formally to the class. One year, students in the January Milton class performed a mini-version readers' theater of Paradise Lost; another year, they hosted a marathon reading of the whole poem (9 1/2 hours!) in the Student Union, with listeners coming and going and onlookers gawking all day long.
Students in the Shakespeare courses regularly stage scenes of the plays and perform them for the class. Also, the "Shakespeare Performed" class does several performances of a 60-minute version of a Shakespeare play to appreciative campus audiences each year.
And during the two-year Luther Poetry Project, directed by the 2002-04 Jones Distinguished Professor, Carol Gilbertson, students and faculty performed poems on Friday afternoons once a month (Poems 4 Friday). Some students collected, and sported on their backpacks the various poetry buttons produced for each event; each containing a choice phrase from one of the performed poems.