New Bern poet Sam Love will be reading from his new book, "Awakening," as the Featured Poet at Nexus Poets’ First Tuesday Poetry Open Mic. After the Featured Poet reads, the mike is open for original poems from other poets who sign up. Love’s chapbook, published by Manchester’s Fly on the Wall Press in England, is a collection of his environmental poems. The book has been nominated for England’s prestigious Laurel Prize, which honors a collection of eco and nature poems. Copies of "Awakening" will be available for purchase and signing at the event. The book's subjects range from meditations on Mother Earth to the changes in migratory patterns caused by climate change. Far from a doom and gloom autopsy of the contemporary environmental crisis, "Awakening" has some fun with everything from imagining the craziness of shipping bottled water 6,000 miles to how bacteria evolving for a counterattack must be laughing at us who think we have dominion over them. Love is also author of the children’s book "My Little Plastic Bag" and the poetry collection "Cogitation." Formerly a media producer, Love now teaches yoga and serves as president of Nexus Poets. The event is free. Nexus Poets is a not-for-profit group that encourages the writing and appreciation of poetry locally.