March 23, 2007

March 7, 2006, Brooklyn, NY – Brooklyn Public Library (BPL) invites library users of all ages to participate in a month-long, celebration of poetry during which they will have opportunities to meet noteworthy poets, hear inspirational verse and learn the art of writing poetry.

In addition to BPL’s Poets’ Coffee House Series and lectures that highlight the extraordinary legacy and ongoing achievement of poets, a variety of workshops will enable children and teens to develop their poetry skills and explore BPL’s writing resources.

Please read on for more information about National Poetry Month at BPL.

Programs for Adults
All events are held in Central Library's Second Floor Meeting Room, unless otherwise noted. For more information, please call 718.230.2100 or visit

The Green Goat Weeps to Mahler and Other True Statements: Deciphering Poetry
Poet Meredith Walters, BPL’s Manager of Adult Programs, offers strategies for interpreting contemporary poetry.
Sunday, April 1, 4 PM

Poets’ Coffee House Series
Poets share their work, every Tuesday night through May 1.

Edward Field, author of Magic Words; Anne Pierson Wiese, author of Floating City; and Elizabeth Swados, poet, director and composer
Tuesday, April 10, 7 PM

George Green, Linda Susan Jackson and Erica Kaufman
Tuesday, April 17, 7 PM

Gregory Pardlo, author of Totem; Meghan O’Rourke, author of Halflife; and Cathy Park Hong, author of Dance Dance Revolution.
Tuesday, April 24, 7 PM

Thaddeus Rutkowski, author of Tetched: A Novel in Fractals and Roughhouse; Rigoberto González, author of So Often the Pitcher Goes to Water until it Breaks; and Katha Pollitt, author of Antarctic Traveller.
Tuesday, May 1, 7 PM

Brooklyn Poetry Group
Write poetry and share it with the group.
Wednesday, April 11, 2:15 PM
Gerritsen Beach Library, 2808 Gerritsen Avenue, 718.368.1435

Poet Talk: Kirmen Uribe & Elizabeth Macklin
Join Basque-language writer Uribe and English translator Macklin for a bilingual poetry reading.
Thursday, April 12, 7 PM

Discussion: Alice Quinn
The New Yorker poetry editor discusses Elizabeth Bishop's unpublished works included in Edgar Allan Poe & The Juke-Box: Uncollected Poems, Drafts and Fragments.
Saturday, April 14, 2 PM

Brooklyn Philharmonic: Vaulting the Sea
This concert features musical compositions inspired by the poetry of Marianne Moore, Walt Whitman, Hart Crane and other American poets.
Saturday, April 14, 4 PM
Central Library, Second Floor Meeting Room, Grand Army Plaza, 718.230.2100

Poetry Writing Workshop
Poet Meredith Walters, BPL’s Manager of Adult Programs, teaches poetry writing techniques.
Sunday, April 15, 4 PM

Poet Talk: Danny Simmons
The artist and poet reads from I Dreamed My People Were Calling but I Couldn’t Find My Way Home.
Saturday, April 21, 2 PM

Youth Poetry Reading
Join up-and-coming poets for an afternoon of prose.
Saturday, April 21, 4 PM

Esther Schor: The Life & Work of Emma Lazarus
Professor Schor discusses the 19th century poet, best known for “The New Colossus,” engraved on the Statue of Liberty.
Sunday, April 22, 4 PM

Kenneth Goldsmith: Poetry Reading
Goldsmith shares his poetry and discusses plagiarism.
Saturday, April 28, 4 PM
Central Library, Second Floor Meeting Room, Grand Army Plaza, 718.230.2100

A Tribute to Sterling A. Brown
Scholar Joanne Gabbin and the Cave Canem Fellows discuss Brown’s poetic legacy. Sunday, April 29, 2 PM
Central Library, Second Floor Meeting Room, Grand Army Plaza, 718.230.2100

Russian Poetry Club
Rudolf Furman reads Russian poetry; Ellina Graipel performs bard songs. This program will occur in Russian.
Monday, April 30, 6 PM
Homecrest Library, 2525 Coney Island Avenue, 718.382.5924

Programs for Kids & Teens

Poetry Celebration (for Kids & Teens)

Celebrate National Poetry Month with a poetry reading!
Thursday, April 5, 4 PM
Central Library, Youth Wing

Poetry Fun (for Tweens)
Practice poetry writing techniques, and share your work with others.
Monday, April 9, 4PM
Walt Whitman Library, 93 Saint Edwards Street, 718.935.0244

Thursday, April 19, 3:30 PM
Cypress Hills Library, 1197 Sutter Avenue, 718.277.6004

Poetry Fun (for Teens)
Practice poetry writing techniques, and share your work with others.
Tuesday, April 17, 4 PM
Kings Bay Library, 3650 Nostrand Avenue, 718.368.1709

Tuesdays, 5 PM
Eastern Parkway Library, 1044 Eastern Parkway, 718.953.4225

Fridays, 4 PM
East Flatbush Library, 9612 Church Avenue, 718.922.0927

Poetry Contest (for All Ages)
Monday, April 16, 6 PM
Windsor Terrace Library, 160 East 5th Street, 718.686.9707

Thursday, April 26, 4 PM
Sheephead Bay Library, 2636 East 14th Street, 718.368.1815

Poetry & Lyrics Workshop (for Teens)
Learn poetry and lyric writing techniques.
Tuesdays, 3:30 PM
New Lots Library, 665 New Lots Avenue, 718.649.0311

The Poets’ Coffee House Series is made possible with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, a State Agency. Additional funding is provided by Axe-Houghton Foundation.

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