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Poetry at the Library

THANK YOU to The Friends of The Library for sponsoring poetry events!

September 2014 Events

 
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green star for adult eventPoet Alicia Suskin Ostriker

Friends of the Library Poetry Night Series
Tuesday, September 23, 2014, 7:30 pm

Alicia Suskin Ostriker is one of America’s premier poets and critics. She is author of fifteen poetry collections, including The Book of Life: Selected Jewish Poems, 1979-2011 and the Book of Seventy. She has received the Patterson Poetry Prize for Sustained Literary Achievement, the William Carlos Williams Award, the San Francisco State Poetry Center Award, the National Jewish Book Award, and has twice been a finalist for the National Book Award. Ostriker is professor emerita of English at Rutgers university and teaches in a low-residency MFA program at Drew University. The Poetry Night Series if sponsored by the Friends of the Library.


October 2014 Events

 
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green star for adult eventPoet Jim Habba

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

James Haba came to New Jersey from the Pacific Northwest over twenty years ago and is now an associate professor of English at Glassboro State College and Poetry Coordinator for the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation. At Glassboro he produced in 1985 and 1986 a year- long program of readings and lectures, New Jersey: Heartland of American Poetry. He also designed and coordinated all six biennial Geraldine R. Dodge Poetry Festivals, the largest in North America, held at Waterloo Village. James Haba was Series and Poetry Consultant with Bill Moyers for the sixteen hours of national PBS television programs which came out of the Geraldine R. Dodge Poetry Festivals: The Power of the Word (1989 Emmy Award), A Life Together: Donald Hall and Jane Kenyon (1993 Emmy Award), Poet Laureate: Rita Dove (1994), and The Language of Life (1995). An open mic will follow his reading.


November 2014 Events

 
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green star for adult eventPoet George Witte

Friends of the Library Poetry Night Series
Tuesday, November 25, 2014, 7:30 pm

George Witte is the author of two collections of poems, Deniability (Orchises, 2009) and The Apparitioners (Three Rail Press, 2005). One of his poems was selected for Best American Poetry 2007. His poems have been published The Atlantic, Boulevard, Gettysburg Review, Kenyon Review, and others. He was awarded Poetry’s Frederick Bock Prize for a group of poems, and received a fellowship from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State. For twenty four years he has worked at St. Martin’s Press, as an editor, as the publisher of Picador USA, and now as editor in chief.
Adam Kirsch in a review of Deniablility said of George, “Like a Frost of the suburbs, Mr. Witte regards the domisticated landscape he inhabits with an unsettling lucidity, which gives everything he sees, a beehive, a scenic overlook, – the aspect of parable or a warning.” An open mic follows the reading.


Past Poetry

May 2014 Events

 
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green star for adult eventTwo Poets: Nancy Scott and Jill Stein

Friends of the Library Poetry Night Series
Tuesday, May 27, 2014, 7:30 pm

Jill Stein is a psychotherapist and mother of two children living in Princeton, New Jersey. Her work has appeared in Poetry Northwest, Seattle Review, West Branch, MacGuffin, Pearl, US1 Worksheets, Poets On, Nebraska Review, Rattle and Soujourner among others. She has received three NJ State Council on the Arts Grants for poetry. Steeplechase and her previous chapbook, Cautionary Tales, were published by Finishing Line Press. Ms. Stein is currently on the editorial staff of US 1 Worksheets. For the past ten years, she has experienced increasing mobility problems due to multiple sclerosis and has been incorporating this into her work.
Nancy Scott is the managing editor of U.S.1 Worksheets, the journal of the U.S.1 Poets’ Cooperative in New Jersey. She is also the author of six
collections of poetry: Down to the Quick; One Stands Guard, One Sleeps; A Siege of Raptors; Detours & Diversions; On Location (ekphrastic poems);and her most recent, Midwestern Memories.


April 2014 Events

 
Maria Gillan

green star for adult eventMaria Mazziotti Gillan

Friends of the Library Poetry Night Series
Tuesday, April 22, 2014, 7:30 pm

Maria Mazziotti Gillan is a recipient of the 2011 Barnes & Noble Writers for Writers Award from Poets & Writers, and the 2008 American Book Award for her book, All That Lies Between Us (Guernica Editions).
She is the Founder /Executive Director of the Poetry Center at Passaic County Community College in Paterson, NJ, and editor of the Paterson Literary Review. She is also Director of the Creative Writing Program and Professor of Poetry at Binghamton University-SUNY. She has published 18 books, including: What We Pass On: Collected Poems 1980-2009 (Guernica Editions), The Place I Call Home and The Silence in an Empty House (NYQ Books), Ancestors’ Song (Bordighera Press), and Writing Poetry to Save Your Life: How to Find the Courage to Tell Your Stories (MiroLand, Guernica). With her daughter Jennifer, she is co-editor of four anthologies. Visit her website at www.mariagillan.com.


March 2014 Events

 
Cool Women poets

green star for adult eventCool Women – Poetry Performance Group

Friends of the Library Poetry Night Series
Tuesday, March 25, 2014, 7:30 pm

The Cool Women poets, Gretna Wilkerson, Lois Harrod, Maxine ­Susman, Juditha Dowd, Eloise Bruce, Betty Lies, Joyce Lott, each read their own poem in a sequence. They never know what the previous poet will be reading, all that is known is a topic and the order in which they will read. Together and separately, they have published 56 books, been married 16 times, had 19 children and 17 grandchildren. This makes for a lot of good poetry! Open mic follows.


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red star for teens eventgreen star for adult eventPoetry Writing Workshop

With Poet Maxine Susman
Thursday, March 20, 2014, 7:00 pm

Celebrate the first day of spring by writing a brand new poem!
Poet and English professor Maxine Susman will conduct a poetry workshop. Each participant will produce a poem and have the opportunity to read it to the group. Maxine Susman, formerly a literature and writing professor at Caldwell College, has published in several dozen journals and anthologies, including Paterson Literary Review, CHEST, Runes, Earth’s Daughters, US 1 Worksheets, Home Planet News, and Poet Lore. Maxine has published four poetry collections: Gogama (2006) is about her father, a young Jewish doctor in remote Northern Ontario during the Great Depression. Wartime Address (2009) tells of a young woman trapped in Occupied Paris in World War 2 before escaping to Free France and Tunis. Familiar (2009) focuses on family life, place, and shifting states of mind and body. Creamery Road, published in 2011, tells stories of rural New York State and Maine. Please register at the front desk or call the library at 732-572-2750.


January 2014 Events

 
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red star for teens eventNational Puzzle Day

For Teens
Wednesday, January 29, 2014, 3:00 pm

Celebrate National Puzzle Day at the library by putting together puzzles and playing puzzle games!


November 2013 Events

 
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green star for adult eventPoetry Writing Workshop with Gail Fishman Gerwin

Start To Write
Thursday, November 14, 2013, 7:00 pm

Write the first draft of a poem, read it and help critique the work of other poets. Gail Fishman Gerwin will facilitate. Gail Fishman Gerwin’s poetry, book reviews, fiction, essays, and plays appear in literary journals, other publications, and on stage. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Goucher College and her M.A. three decades later from NYU’s Gallatin School. Her book Sugar and Sand was a 2010 Paterson Poetry Prize finalist and her second collection Dear Kinfolk, (ChayaCairn Press: www.chayacairnpress.com) earned a 2013 Paterson Award for Literary Excellence. She is associate poetry editor of the literary journal Tiferet. A former educator and current writing workshop facilitator, Gail is founder and principal of inedit, a writing/editing firm in Morristown, NJ.


October 2013 Events

 
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green star for adult eventPoetry Writing Workshop

Gail Fishman Gerwin will Lead the Workshop
Tuesday, October 29, 2013, 7:00 pm

Write the first draft of a poem, read it and help critique the work of other poets. Gail Fishman Gerwin will facilitate. Gail Fishman Gerwin’s poetry, book reviews, fiction, essays, and plays appear in literary journals, other publications, and on stage. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Goucher College and her M.A. three decades later from NYU’s Gallatin School. Her book Sugar and Sand was a 2010 Paterson Poetry Prize finalist and her second collection Dear Kinfolk, (ChayaCairn Press: www.chayacairnpress.com) earned a 2013 Paterson Award for Literary Excellence. She is associate poetry editor of the literary journal Tiferet. A former educator and current writing workshop facilitator, Gail is founder and principal of inedit, a writing/editing firm in Morristown, NJ.


Paul Muldoon

red star for teens eventgreen star for adult eventPoet Paul Muldoon

Friends of the Library Poetry Night Series
Tuesday, October 22, 2013, 7:30 pm

Since 1987 Paul Muldoon has lived in the United States, where he is now Howard G. B. Clark ’21 Professor at Princeton University. In 2007 he was appointed Poetry Editor of The New Yorker. Between 1999 and 2004 he was Professor of Poetry at the University of Oxford, where he is an honorary Fellow of Hertford College.
Paul Muldoon’s main collections of poetry are New Weather (1973), Mules (1977), Why Brownlee Left (1980), Quoof (1983), Meeting The British (1987), Madoc: A Mystery (1990), The Annals of Chile (1994), Hay (1998), Poems 1968-1998 (2001), Moy Sand and Gravel (2002), Horse Latitudes (2006), and Maggot (2010).
A Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the American Academy of Arts and Letters, Paul Muldoon was given an American Academy of Arts and Letters award in literature for 1996. Other recent awards are the 1994 T. S. Eliot Prize, the 1997 Irish Times Poetry Prize, the 2003 Pulitzer Prize, the 2003 Griffin International Prize for Excellence in Poetry, the 2004 American Ireland Fund Literary Award, the 2004 Shakespeare Prize, the 2005 Aspen Prize for Poetry, and the 2006 European Prize for Poetry. He has been described by The Times Literary Supplement as “the most significant English-language poet born since the second World War.”


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green star for adult eventPoetry Night Series – Adele Kenny

Sponsored by the Friends of the Library
Tuesday, October 8, 2013, 7:30 pm

Adele Kenny is the author of 23 books (poetry and nonfiction). Her poems, reviews, and articles have been published worldwide, and her poems have appeared in books and anthologies published by Crown, Tuttle, Shambhala, and McGraw-Hill. She served as associate editor of The Antiquer: Fine Art & Antiques from 2000-2005 and is currently poetry editor of Tiferet Journal. Founding director of the Carriage House Poetry Series (1998-present), Kenny is the recipient of various honors and awards, including poetry fellowships from the New Jersey State Arts Council, a Merton Poetry of the Sacred Award, first place Merit Book and Henderson Awards, a Writer’s Digest Poetry Award, and the 2012 International Book Award for Poetry.An open mic will follow the reading.


September 2013 Events

 
Wanda Praisner

green star for adult eventPoetry Night Series – Wanda S. Praisner

Sponsored by the Friends of the Library
Tuesday, September 24, 2013, 7:30 pm

Wanda S. Praisner, a poet in residence for the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, has published three collections of poems, Where the Dead Are (2013), On the Bittersweet Avenues of Pomona (2006), and A Fine and Bitter Snow (2003). She has been a featured reader at the Governor’s Conference on the Arts and the Geraldine R. Dodge Poetry Festival. Her work appears in Confrontation, Lullwater Review, New York Magazine and Slant. An open mic and book signing will follow the reading.


May 2013 Events

 
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green star for adult eventPoetry Night Series – Lauren Schmidt

Friends of the Library Poetry Night Series
Tuesday, May 28, 2013, 7:30 pm

Lauren Schmidt’s poems have been published or are forthcoming in The Progressive, Alaska Quarterly Review, New York Quarterly, Rattle, Nimrod, Fifth Wednesday Journal, Ekphrasis Journal, Wicked Alice and other journals. Her chapbook, The Voodoo Doll Parade (Main Street Rag), was selected as part of the 2011 Author’s Choice Chapbooks Series. Her first full-length collection, Psalms of The Dining Room (Wipf & Stock) is forthcoming. An open mike will follow the reading.


April 2013 Events

 
Glenis Redmond

red star for teens eventgreen star for adult eventGlenis Redmond – Performance Poet – State Theatre-Artist-In-Residence

For Teens and Adults
Friday, April 19, 2013, 3:00 pm

Glenis Redmond is poet, educator, performer, and counselor rolled into one passionate soul. She presents her poetry in performances that cause the printed word to spring from the page and dance, sing, weep, and laugh. Glenis tells stories with poetry—tales from her life, her family, her African-American heritage, and her sensitive observations of the world around her—inspiring audiences of all ages. Her original poetry pays tribute to those who lift us up: mothers and grandmothers, sisters and brothers, and those in the world who dare to write, to speak, to dance, to sing for us all. Her performance is for adults and teens and is a State Theatre Artist-in-Residence, sponsored by the Horizon Foundation for New Jersey. Her performance is one of three events in Celebration of April as Poetry Month.


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green star for adult eventNick Virgilio – A Film and Talk about Haiku Poetry

Film and Poetry Reading by Rick Black
Thursday, April 18, 2013, 7:00 pm

Rick Black, a poet and publisher will be presenting a film and reading about one of the most notable haiku poets. Nick Virgilio, who started writing in the 1960s and was a pioneer of American haiku poetry, penned some of this country’s most elegiac and memorable haiku. Born and bred in Camden, New Jersey, he was a legend to some, an inspiration to others. He spent countless hours in his cellar at his Remington typewriter, writing haiku about nature, the people of Camden and south Philadelphia, and his family. In particular, he detailed the deep sense of loss that affected him and his family when his youngest brother, Larry, was killed in Vietnam.


March 2013 Events

 
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green star for adult eventPoet Mark Doty

Poetry Night Series
Tuesday, March 12, 2013, 7:30 pm

Poet Mark Doty has written 12 books of poetry and three memoirs. Fire to Fire: New and Selected Poems, published in 2008 won the National Book Award for Poetry in that year. In 1995 His collection, My Alexandria, won the T.S. Eliot Prize for Poetry, the first American poet to do so. The book was also honored as a finalist for the National Book Award, winner of the 1993 Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Poetry, and the National Book Critics Circle Award. His memoirs Firebird about his childhood growing up in the South and Arizona, Heaven’s Coast: A Memoir about the death of his partner Wally Roberts, and the Dog Years, about the lives of his two dogs, have all been honored with awards. He is director of Rutgers University’s Writer House. After Mark Doty’s reading there will be a book signing and an open mike.


November 2012 Events

 
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green star for adult eventPoet Daniel Zimmerman

Poetry Night Series
Tuesday, November 27, 2012, 7:30 pm

Poet Daniel Zimmerman , an English professor from Middlesex County College will give a reading that will be followed by an open mike and refreshments.


June 2012 Events

 
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green star for adult eventPoetry Writing Group

Poetry sharing Group
Tuesday, June 26, 2012, 7:30 pm

If you are interested in joining a poetry writing group that meets once a month contact Valeri Drach Weidmann at 732-572-2750 or valeri84@hpplnj.org


April 2012 Events

 
Diane Lockward

green star for adult eventFriends Poetry Night Series

Diane Lockward
Tuesday, April 24, 2012, 7:30 pm

Diane Lockward is the author of four collections of poetry, most recently, Temptation by Water (Wind Publications, 2010). Her earlier books are What Feeds Us, which received the Quentin R. Howard Poetry Prize; Eve’s Red Dress; and a chapbook, Against Perfection. Her poems have been published in several anthologies, including Poetry Daily: 366 Poems from […]