Poetry at the Library

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

November 2015 Events

BJ Ward - poet

green star for adult eventPoet BJ Ward

Friends of the Library Poetry Night Series
Tue, November 24, 2015, 7:30 pm

BJ Ward, an award-winning poet whose poetry and essays have been featured on National Public Radio and in publications such as Poetry, The American Poetry Review, The Sun Magazine, TriQuarterly, The Literary Review, The Normal School, and the New York Times, has brought together in one volume poems from over a twenty year span. A rich collection of thoughtful and often ironic reflections that reveal both the reverence and irreverence of human experience, Jackleg Opera contains the material from his three previous books as well as thirty-five new poems. Book signing and refreshments follow the reading.Sponsored by the friends of the Library.

October 2015 Events

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green star for adult eventPoetry Writing Workshop with Jim Haba

Sponsored by the Friends of the Library
Sat, October 31, 2015, 1:00 pm

Brought back by popular demand, Jim Haba is conducting a fourth poetry writing workshop on the first day of spring! At this session there will be an opportunity to write short pieces. New poets are invited to join the workshop! 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. To register for the poetry writing workshop call 732-572-2750 or go to the front desk.

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green star for adult eventPoetry Night with Jane Rawlings

Sponsored by the Friends of the Library
Tue, October 27, 2015, 7:30 pm

Jane Rawlings’ career as a poet began with her work as an Archivist at a Nineteenth Century House Museum in New Jersey and as a teacher. She writes and lectures on women’s history and her poems have been widely published. Her most ambitious work is The Penelopeia, a novel in verse, which follows the journey of Penelope, the wife of Odysseus. After the return of her husband from his famous fictional journey, chronicled in Homer’s Odyssey, Penelope takes off and so does Jane Rawlings! Publishers Weekly called The Penelopeia, “vibrant fiction, bringing to life the female figures who played a pivotal role in one of the seminal works of world literature.” The poetry series is sponsored by The Friends of the Library.

September 2015 Events

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green star for adult eventPoetry Night Series with Ed Romond

Poetry Reading and Open Mike
Tue, September 29, 2015, 7:30 pm

Ed Romond is the author of “Home Fire” (Belle Mead Press, 1993), “Dream Teaching” (Grayson Books, 2005) and two chapbooks: “Macaroon” (1997) and “Blue Mountain Time: New and Selected Poems about Baseball” (2002). His poems have appeared in such journals as The Sun, Rockhurst Review, Poet Lore, English Journal, Barrow Street, Spitball, Lake Effect, Zone 3, New Letters, Coal City Review and many others.

April 2015 Events

Wanda Praisner

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

Sponsored by the Friends of the Library
Tue, April 21, 2015, 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.

March 2015 Events

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green star for adult eventPoetry Night with Norman Stock

Sponsored by the Friends of the Library
Tue, March 24, 2015, 7:30 pm

Norman Stock is the author of two books of poetry: Pickled Dreams Naked (NYQ Books, 2010) and Buying Breakfast For My Kamikaze Pilot(Gibbs Smith, 1994, winner of the Peregrine Smith Poetry Contest). His poems have appeared in The New Republic, College English The New York Quarterly, Verse, The New England Review, Denver Quarterly, and many other magazines, as well as in anthologies and textbooks. The recipient of awards from the Writer’s Voice, Poets & Writers’ Maureen Egan Writers Exchange, the Bennington Writing Workshops, and the Tanne Foundation, he has also been a Bread Loaf fellow, a Sewanee scholar, and a finalist for Poet Laureate of Queens. Formerly the Acquisitions Librarian at Montclair State University, from which he retired in 2005, he lives with his wife, Lydia Chang, a clinical psychotherapist, in Jackson Heights New York.

January 2015 Events

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red star for teens eventNational Puzzle Day

For Teens
Thu, January 29, 2015, 3:00 pm

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

November 2014 Events

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green star for adult eventPoet George Witte

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

George Witte has published three books of poems: Does She Have a Name? (NYQ Books, 2014), Deniability (Orchises Press, 2009), and The Apparitioners (Orchises Press, 2005). His work has been widely published in magazines and anthologized in The Best American Poetry, Vocabula Bound 2, Old Flame, and the forthcoming book Rabbit Ears: TV Poems, edited by Joel Allegretti and published by Poets Wear Prada. He works as the editor in chief of St. Martin’s Press and lives with his family in Ridgewood, New Jersey. An open mic follows the reading.

September 2014 Events

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green star for adult eventPoet Alicia Suskin Ostriker

Friends of the Library Poetry Night Series
Tue, 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.

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
Tue, 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
Tue, 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
Tue, 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
Thu, 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.

November 2013 Events

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green star for adult eventPoetry Writing Workshop with Gail Fishman Gerwin

Start To Write
Thu, 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
Tue, 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
Tue, 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
Tue, 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.

May 2013 Events

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green star for adult eventPoetry Night Series – Lauren Schmidt

Friends of the Library Poetry Night Series
Tue, 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
Fri, 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
Thu, 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.