Poetry at the Library

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

May 2015 Events

Highland Park Public Library

green star for adult eventPoetry Night with Samuel R. Friedman

Sponsored by the Friends of the Library
Tue, May 26, 2015, 7:30 pm

Samuel R. Friedman, Ph.D. (sociology) is a Senior Research Fellow and the Director of the Social Theory Core in the Center for Drug Use and HIV Research at National Development and Research Institutes, Inc., New York City. Other appointments include Senior Research Associate at the Department of Epidemiology, Johns Hopkins University. He is also a poet and most recently published Murders Most Foul: Poems Against War by a World Trade Center Survivor(2005: Published by Central Jersey Coalition Against Endless War) Sam is also a member of the Central Jersey Coalition Against Endless War. He began his movement activities in 1959 in the Civil Rights movement and has continued as an activist leading the successful union organizing campaign in his workplace. His activism has also led him to the writing of poems. “Unlike musicians and mathematicians, great poets are not born but made, and the work defeats many. Talent isn’t enough, nor is skill with language, nor are high themes and noble thoughts. The great poet is the one who can successfully create himself as a poet by imagining a poetic character, growing into it despite setbacks, then waiting in that character for his subject to discover him.”

November 2012 Events

Highland Park Public Library

green star for adult eventPoet Mark Doty

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

Since the publication of his first volume of verse, Turtle, Swan, in 1987, Mark Doty has been recognized as one of the most accomplished poets in America. Hailed for his elegant, intelligent verse, Doty has often been compared to James Merrill, Walt Whitman and C.P. Cavafy. The recipient of numerous grants and fellowships, Doty has […]

June 2012 Events

Highland Park Public Library

green star for adult eventPoetry Writing Group

Poetry sharing Group
Tue, 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

Highland Park Public Library

red star for teens eventgreen star for adult eventPoetry Writing Workshop

With Poet Maxine Susman
Thu, June 7, 2012, 7:00 pm

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.

April 2012 Events

Highland Park Public Library

green star for adult eventFriends Poetry Night Series

Diane Lockward
Tue, 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 […]