Bains Elementary School fifth-graders were introduced to Louisiana Poet Laureate Ava Leavell Haymon during a poetry writing workshop Feb. 27 in St. Francisville.

Haymon read aloud some of her poems to the class and discussed the evolution of poetry, emphasizing the importance of sound and images to the medium, according to Olivia Pass, chairwoman of A Celebration of Literature and Art.

“The students were mesmerized by Haymon’s enthusiasm for poetry, and when she asked how many of them were poets, all hands shot up,” Pass said.

The students wrote their own poems, modeling them after one of Haymon’s that uses repetition for the first three words of each line.

“It’s been a thrill to see one of our authors share her love of poetry with elementary students in our parish,” Pass said.

Haymon was one of four writers who appeared at the Writers and Readers Symposium Feb. 21 at Hemingbough. The event along with the workshop was sponsored by CLA.