Plutzik introduced the poetry reading as a cultural event to the University and probably to the city, and by the end of his career he was much in demand as a reader locally and at other colleges. It was one of the ways in which, to use Frank Oreovicz's phrase, he could "proselytize for poetry," and how seriously he took the role of reader is clear from his careful annotations of poems he meant to read.
Photograph. HP reading in the Welles-Brown Room of Rush Rhees Library, University of Rochester. Undated.