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Online Happy Hour Series

Welcome to ESU Happy Hour! The ESU has planned a series of programs to connect and reach out to our members through programs that are engaging, fun, and informative on a wide variety of topics. Happy Hour programs bring to you guest speakers live and free of charge.  Speakers may also suggest a unique cocktail for you to create and enjoy at home. These programs are designed so ESU members and guests can learn and interact with our outstanding speakers. Many speakers will provide exciting participation opportunities with fun give away books and products at the end of each program.

We invite members to suggest topics for future ESU Happy Hour Programs at this link. Cheers!

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Happy Hour Season 3


Wednesday, June 29th at 5:00 PM (EDT)

ESU Members Sharing... Our favorite Sonnets, Verses, Poems, & Prose
With Dr. Susan Sinclair

Oh literature, oh the glorious Art, how it preys upon the marrow in our bones. It scoops the stuffing out of us and chucks us aside. Alas! –D.H. Lawrence

Join our next ESU Happy Hour as members share their favorite poems, sonnets, verses, or flash fiction*. We all have our favorite verses or memorable poems and members and guests from branches across the U.S. will share their favorites. 

Long-time ESU member, Dr. Susan Sinclair, will lead this special Happy Hour program, Wednesday, June 29, 2022 at 5:00 pm EDT. This is a free program for all ESU members and guests. Invite your friends to join us.


Please submit your favorite poem, verse, sonnet, or flash fiction* (prose).

  • Limit of 500 words or less

  • You may choose from your favorite author, or you may compose your own piece.

  • You will be reading your submission at the Happy Hour, so, practice, practice, and practice.

  • Deadline for submissions: Tuesday, June 21

  • We will select as many submissions as time permits.

  • We will notify you by email on June 23rd if your submission is selected.

  • If you want to submit, click both Submit.

  • If you just want to attend and watch the Happy Hour, click Register.

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