Maria Nolasco of Roseland University Prep, one of the participants in 'Voices of Youth.'

Think poetry is tired old stuff from centuries past, repeated only by aged professors? Here’s something fresh.

Young students, from second grade through high school, will recite great poetry, and read their own work aloud, at “Voices of Youth,” from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, April 21, at the French Garden Restaurant, 8050 Bodega Ave., Sebastopol.

Among the student presenters will be finalists from the Sonoma County Poetry Out Loud Competitions, who have memorized some of the greatest poems written in English and are winners of school-wide contests.

Others are elementary and middle school students who have written poems of their own, with assistance from their poet-teachers in the California Poets in the Schools program.

Appetizers will be served at the event, and there will be a silent auction to raise money for California Poets in the Schools.

Admission: free for participating students, $5 for their parents; suggested donation from $10 to $50 for others.

Information: (707) 486-7450, (707) 824-2030,