Thursday April 07, 2011 | 11:07 PM

A sparkly crowd of more than 300 filled Port City Music Hall this evening for Glitterati, a literary ball in support of The Telling Room. The nonprofit provides a free writing center and storytelling programs for local students. Each year it publishes a well-received anthology of student work.

The authors, writers and literary boosters at the event enjoyed cocktails, a silent auction and a huge spread of finger foods. Everyone sported a little sparkle somewhere.

Executive director Gibson Fay-LeBlanc took to the stage to tell us how crucial volunteers have been to the organization's efforts. More than 40 helped put on the night's festivities. Board chair Genevieve Morgan told us Gibson will be greatly missed, when he steps down from his post in the near future to work on a novel and spend more time with his children.

Here Telling Room teacher Patty Hagge and program director Molly McGrath are joined on the stage by Mike Carey, who conducted the live auction.

We were also treated to a really fabulous spoken word performance by Telling Room student Munye Mohamed.

The party closed out in proper ball style with the poetic music of singer/songwriter Emilia Dahlin.

I'll have more party photos and the scoop on what guests had to say in the April 10 edition of the Maine Sunday Telegram.

Until then, I hope to see you out and about.

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