Each year for the last five years, as Easter Sunday approaches, a unique event in Tucson draws people together for a special and spiritual purpose.

St. Philip's in the Hills Episcopal Church hosts an all-night reading of the epic poem The Inferno, written by Dante Alighieri in the 14th century.

The reading begins at 9 pm on Thursday, March 28th and continues until 9 am on the morning of Good Friday, March 29th. Volunteers from the community take turns, with each reading one canto, or chapter, of the poem aloud.

To explain the event;s purpose, as well as the poem's contemporary relevance, AZ Illustrated Arts host Elizabeth Burden talks with co-organizers Reverend Greg Foraker, who is assistant to he rector at St. Philip's Church, and Fabian Alfie, a professor of Italian at the University of Arizona.

Hear an excerpt from the 2nd canto of Dante's Inferno, read by Wendy Weise Cohon, a regular participant in the annual gathering at St. Philip's: