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Friends of the Library Poetry Night Series
Tuesday, October 28, 2014 at 7:30 pm

As the founding Poetry Director of the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, Jim Haba created and developed the Foundation’s biennial Poetry Festival and its extensive Poetry in the Schools Program (1986-2008). He also contributed to many NPR and PBS programs focused on early Festivals, including three major PBS series with Bill Moyers. In 1995 he edited the best-selling book The Language of Life, which accompanied two of these series. His work on behalf of the poetry community earned him The Elizabeth Kray Award from Poets House in 2000 and The Paterson Literary Review Award, for lifetime service to literature, in 2011. His own poems earned him a New Poets of the Delaware Valley award (1984) and a Poetry Fellowship from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts (1985). His chapbooks Thirty-One Poems and Love Poems appeared in 2006. Samples of his work as a visual artist can be seen on his website: www.jimhaba.com. He shares a studio in Hillsborough, New Jersey with his wife, Erica Barton Haba. In 2013 they mounted joint shows of their work at Passaic County College in Paterson and at Aljira: A Center for Contemporary Art in Newark. And in 2014 at the Rowan University Art Gallery. An open mic will follow his reading.

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