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UDairy Creamery engages Wilmington community with a mic

How a 19-year-old poet is bringing a community together at the Market Street ice cream shop.

Ice cream x entrepreneurship.

(Photo by Flickr user Jimmy Emerson, DVM, used under a Creative Commons license)

The University of Delaware brought its student-run UDairy Creamery to Market Street in Wilmington in 2017 with a goal to not only introduce its (incredibly good) ice cream downtown, but to actively engage with the off-campus community.

UD sophomore and UDairy Wilmington employee Christian Wills is making that happen with his monthly Poetry Slam and Open Mic Night.

UDaily’s Carlett Spike spotlights Wills, a poet with a passion for the community he’s helping to build:

On a recent rainy Sunday afternoon in February, the Wilmington UDairy location quickly filled with people waiting for the event to begin. The crowd was a mix of Wills’ friends, family, classmates and others from the community. Wills stood in front of the gathered crowd, thanked them for attending and kicked off the show by reading his poem titled Community Building.

“Look around. Look at how beautiful it is. The progress around the stress that we create. I must confess that I’m truly blessed within my space,” Wills began.

Click here to read the whole story.

The next Poetry Slam and Open Mic will be in mid-March. For more info, check out the UDairy Wilmington Facebook page.

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