Poetry at the Library

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

April 2019 Events

green star for adult eventLois Marie Harrod

Friends of the Library Poetry Night Series
Thu, April 11, 2019, 7:00 pm

Join us for a National Poetry Month reading with Lois Marie Harrod. Her 16th and most recent collection Nightmares of the Minor Poet appeared in June 2016 from Five Oaks. And She Took the Heart (Casa de Cinco Hermanas) appeared in January 2016, Fragments from the Biography of Nemesis (Cherry Grove Press) and the chapbook How Marlene Mae Longs for Truth (Dancing Girl Press) appeared in 2013. The Only Is won the 2012 Tennessee Chapbook Contest (Poems & Plays), and Brief Term, a collection of poems about teachers and teaching was published by Black Buzzard Press, 2011. Cosmogony won the 2010 Hazel Lipa Chapbook (Iowa State). Dodge poet, 3-time recipient of a New Jersey Council on the Arts fellowship and lifetime teacher (high school and college), she is widely published in literary journals and online eZines from American Poetry Review to Zone 3.

March 2019 Events

green star for adult eventMaria Mazziotti Gillan Poetry Reading and Art Reception

Poetry Night Series
Thu, March 7, 2019, 7:00 pm

Celebrate Women’s Month and the First Full Day of Spring and the opening of The Friends of the Library Poetry night Series with New Jersey’s beloved Poet Maria Mazziotti Gillan. Also enjoy an Art Reception of her New Paintings that will be up through March. She is a recipient of the 2014 George Garrett Award for Outstanding Community Service in Literature from AWP (Association of Writers & Writing Programs), 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. Maria has published 22 books of and about poetry, and 4 anthologies. Her most recent books are the poetry and photography collaboration with Mark Hillringhouse, Paterson Light and Shadow (Serving House Books, 2017) and the poetry collection, What Blooms in Winter (NYQ, 2016). Her collection of poems along with some of her paintings is The Girls in the Chartreuse Jackets (Redux Consortium).

December 2018 Events

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green star for adult eventWriters’ Circle

A Monthly Gathering to Write Poetry and Prose
Thu, December 20, 2018, 6:30 pm

Join us for a group that will meet monthly to write poems and prose. Participants will read and talk about poems and then write a first draft. December’s theme will be “Fire”. Think about a significant fire in your life that had an impact on your life. To register for the workshop that runs from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM call the library at 732-572-2750 or visit the front desk.

November 2018 Events

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green star for adult eventWriters’ Circle

A Monthly Gathering to Write Poetry and Prose
Thu, November 1, 2018, 6:30 pm

Join us for a group that will meet monthly to write poems and prose. Participants will read and talk about poems and then write a first draft. Childhood will be November’s theme to write about. Bring a photo or an object that connects you to childhood. The workshop will run from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM. To register call 732-572-2750.

October 2018 Events

green star for adult eventElizabeth Pallitto and Enriqueta Carrington on “Fortune’s Fool”

Poetry Night Series
Tue, October 23, 2018, 7:00 pm

Elizabeth Pallitto and Enriqueta Carrington will be reading translations and original poetry on Fate and Courtly Love. Poems to be read include sonnets by 16th-century Italian poet Tullia d’Aragona and 17th-century Mexican poet Juana Inés de la Cruz. Pallitto and Carrington will also read their own original poems.
Pallitto’s poems have appeared in The North American Review, Hybrido: Arte y Cultura, Litspeak, Foolscap and elsewhere. Her translations — from the Italian and Turkish — are published in Philosophical Forum, Forum Italicum, Absinthe) and books: A New Map: The Poetry of Migrant Writers in Italy (NY: Legas, 2011); Aeolian Visions/Versions (W. Sussex: Milet, 2014). She has translated the poems in Sweet Fire: Tullia d’Aragona’s Poetry of Dialogue (NY: Braziller, 2007). Having taught at universities in New York and Istanbul, and now teaches at Olli_RU and runs local creative writing workshops.
Carrington’s poems in English and Spanish, as well as her poetry translations from the Spanish and Sicilian, have appeared in Rattapallax, Blue Unicorn, 14 by 14, The New Formalist, The Society of Classical Poets Journal, Descant (Canada), and in several other journals and anthologies. Her translation into Spanish of Charlotte Brontë’s last narrative fragments is about to appear. Her translation into English of the sonnets and autobiographical prose of Juana Inés de la Cruz has received the support of a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. She has been translator or co-translator of four novels, and a short story collection that have all been recently published. Enriqueta has also published several books of poetry in translation, including Treasury of Mexican Love Poems, Quotations & Proverbs (Treasury of Love series, Hippocrene Books, New York: 2003), Samandar Libro de Viajes/Book of Travels by Lourdes Vázquez (Editorial Tsé-Tsé, Buenos Aires, Argentina: 2007), Cibeles que sueña, a cartonera book by artist Yarisa Colón, She was so Naked, also by Lourdes Vázquez (Premonition Press: 2015), and One Farewell May Hide Another, by the Israeli poet Mois Benarroch (CreateSpace: 2017).

green star for adult eventInner and Outer Weather: A Poetry Writing Workshop with Maxine Susman

Write Your First Draft
Thu, October 4, 2018, 6:30 pm

Tap your creative energy and see where it leads with a workshop with a focus on nature and the environment. We will begin by reading a published poem together, then use artifacts, wordplay, and brainstorming to spark ideas and imagination as a springboard for writing new poems. There will be a stretch of quiet writing time, followed by the opportunity to share your poem with the group. Open to all levels from experienced poets to those giving it a first try.
Maxine Susman writes about nature and the environment, art, personal history, and shifting states of body and mind. She has published six chapbooks, most recently Provincelands (2016), set on Cape Cod. Her poems appear in Fourth River, Ekphrasis, Blueline, Adanna, Paterson Literary Review, The Healing Muse, Presence, and elsewhere. Recent awards include Third Place in the Allen Ginsberg Poetry Contest and Honorable Mention for the New Jersey Poets Prize, and finalist for the Letheon Contest of Anesthesiology. A former professor of English at Caldwell University, she teaches poetry writing and short story classes at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute of Rutgers University, where she earned the Marlene Pomper Teaching Award. She is a member of the Cool Women Poets ensemble, and lived for many years in Highland Park. T

September 2018 Events

Wanda Praisner

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

Sponsored by the Friends of the Library
Tue, September 25, 2018, 7:00 pm

Wanda S. Praisner, a poet in residence for the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, has published five collections of poems, To Illuminate the Way (2018), Natirar (2017), 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.

green star for adult eventPoetry Writing Workshop with Nikki Stiller

Write a Poem
Sat, September 22, 2018, 1:30 pm

Nikki Stiller is author of five books of poetry: Notes of a Jewish Nun, On Both Frontiers, Burial Ship, My Own Afghanistan, and My Mother Did Not Like to Hug-New and Selected Poems.Her work has appeared in The New York Times, Home Planet News, Primavera, Response, Mainstream, Lilith, and Poetry New York. She has taught at Hunter College, Tel Aviv University, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Baruch College and for many years at the New Jersey Institute of New Jersey where she won two teaching awards. Each participant will leave with the first draft of a poem.

April 2018 Events

green star for adult eventEdwin Romond

Friends of the Library Poetry Night Series
Thu, April 26, 2018, 7:00 pm

Edwin Romond is the author of eight collections of poetry and has been awarded writing fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and from both the New Jersey and Pennsylvania State Councils on the Arts. Garrison Keillor has twice read Romond’s poetry on NPR’s The Writer’s Almanac and his memoir, “The Ticket,” appears in Tim Russert’s national bestseller, Wisdom of Our Fathers from Random House. He is the recipient of the 2013 New Jersey Poetry Prize for his poem, “Champion.” In addition, Romond wrote the book, music, and lyrics for the musical plays, A Family Life and Robin Hood that were produced at New Jersey community theaters.

Paul Muldoon

green star for adult eventPaul Muldoon

Friends of the Library Poetry Night Series
Tue, April 24, 2018, 7:00 pm

Paul Muldoon is an Irish poet. He has published over thirty collections and won a Pulitzer Prize for Poetry and the T. S. Eliot Prize. He held the post of Oxford Professor of Poetry from 1999 to 2004. At Princeton University he is both the Howard G. B. Clark ’21 Professor in the Humanities and Founding Chair of the Lewis Center for the Arts. He has also served as president of the Poetry Society and Poetry Editor at The New Yorker. He was born in Portadown, County Armagh and raised near The Moy, in Northern Ireland. Muldoon’s work is full of paradox: playful but serious, elusive but direct, innovative but traditional. He uses traditional verse forms such as the sonnet, ballad, and dramatic monologue, but alters their length and basic structure, and uses rhyme and meter in new ways. His work is also notable for its layered use of conceit, allusion, and wit. The cryptic wordplay present in many poems has often been called Joycean, but Muldoon himself has cited lyric poets such as Frost, Thomas, and MacNeice as his major influences. A book signing will follow.

March 2018 Events

green star for adult eventPoet Joel Allegretti

Friends of the Library Poetry Night Series
Tue, March 13, 2018, 7:00 pm

Joel Allegretti is the author of, most recently, Platypus (NYQ Books, 2017), a collection of poems, prose, and performance texts, and Our Dolphin (Thrice Publishing, 2016), a novella. His second book of poems, Father Silicon (The Poet’s Press, 2006), was selected by The Kansas City Star as one of 100 Noteworthy Books of 2006. He is the editor of Rabbit Ears: TV Poems (NYQ Books, 2015), the first anthology of poetry about the mass medium. Allegretti has published his poems in The New York Quarterly, Barrow Street, Smartish Pace, PANK, and many other national journals, as well as in journals published in Canada, the United Kingdom, Belgium, and India.After his reading there will be an open mic.

January 2018 Events

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green star for adult eventCreative Writing Workshop

Writer and Teacher Elizabeth Pallitto
Sun, January 28, 2018, 1:30 pm

This creative writing workshop is designed to help writers unblock and unearth the poetry and stories within by providing structure, positive feedback, and a supportive atmosphere. Instruction includes useful techniques for journal writing, editing, and submitting work for publication. Elizabeth Pallitto (MFA, PhD) has taught Creative Writing at Rutgers, Boston University, and Bosporus University in Istanbul. She also has published poetry in North American Review, Fox Chase, and other journals, and translations in anthologies. She is the editor of Leaves of Autumn, an anthology of writing by seniors. Her first book, Sweet Fire: Tullia d’Aragona’s Poetry of Dialogue, published in 2007, received major critical acclaim. Her book of poetry, Mythography, is forthcoming from Epos Press.

November 2017 Events

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green star for adult eventFood for Thought-A Poetry Writing Workshop

Poet and Teacher Vanessa Young
Thu, November 30, 2017, 6:30 pm

Food has inspired writers throughout history. Join us as we explore the connection between food and poetry. We will delve into works that explore life, longing, and nature through the food experience. Prompts, tastings, and discussions will help you to create your own original work. No poetry writing experience is necessary. Vanessa Young is a poet, former nonprofit arts director, writer, and educator whose works have been featured in publications in the U.S. and U.K. She is the founder of Thirsty Radish (www.thirstyradish.com).

green star for adult eventCool Women Poets

Friends of the Library Poetry Night Series
Tue, November 28, 2017, 7:00 pm

Known for their themed, improv-style poetry readings, Cool Women riff on each other’s poems like jazz musicians, providing an unpredictable and compelling performance. All nine members—Eloise Bruce, Juditha Dowd, Lois Marie Harrod, Betty Lies, Judy Michaels, Sharon Olson, Penelope Schott,
Maxine Susman, and Gretna Wilkinson—have deep New Jersey roots. An open reading follows the featured poets.

October 2017 Events

green star for adult eventPoet Tina Kelley

Friends of the Library Poetry Night Series
Tue, October 24, 2017, 7:00 pm

Tina Kelley is the author of the poetry collections Abloom and Awry (CavenKerry Press, 2017), Precise, and the Gospel of Galore, winner of a 2003 Washington State Book award. She co-authored Almost Home: Helping Kids Move from Homelessness to Hope, and reported for the New York Times for 10 years, sharing a staff Pulitzer for 9/11coverage. She won the Jacar Press Chapman Competition. An open reading will follow the featured reader.

September 2017 Events

green star for adult eventPoet John J. Trause

Friends of the Library Poetry Night Series
Tue, September 26, 2017, 7:00 pm

John J. Trause is author of Inside Out, Upside Down and Round and Round, (Nirala Publications, New Delhi, India, 2012). His Chap books include Eye Candy for Andy and Seriously Serial: Poems 2014. He is director of the Oradell Public Library and past director of the Wood-Ridge Memorial Library. An open reading will follow the main reader.

green star for adult eventCreative Writing Workshop

Author and Teacher Elizabeth Pallitto
Sat, September 16, 2017, 1:30 pm

This creative writing workshop is designed to help writers unblock and unearth the poetry and stories within by providing structure, positive feedback, and a supportive atmosphere. Instruction includes useful techniques for journal writing, editing, and submitting work for publication. Elizabeth Pallitto (MFA, PhD) has taught Creative Writing at Rutgers, Boston University, and Bosporus University in Istanbul. She also has published poetry in North American Review, Fox Chase, and other journals, and translations in anthologies. She is the editor of Leaves of Autumn, an anthology of writing by seniors. Her first book, Sweet Fire: Tullia d’Aragona’s Poetry of Dialogue, published in 2007, received major critical acclaim. Her book of poetry, Mythography, is forthcoming from Epos Press.

April 2017 Events

Maria Gillan

green star for adult eventMaria Mazziotti Gillan

Friends of the Library Poetry Night Series
Tue, April 25, 2017, 7:00 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.

green star for adult eventPoets of the Palisades II

A Reading by Six Poets
Tue, April 4, 2017, 7:00 pm

Six poets whose work appears in the major new anthology: META-LAND: Poets of the Palisades II will be reading at the Highland Park Library on Tuesday April 4 at 7 PM! Meta-Land, published by The Poets Press, assembles 121 works by 58 poets, arranged in 11 themed sections, as well as original artwork from the same community of artists and writers. Copies of the book will be available for purchase and signing. Poets reading at this event will include Paul Nash, John J. Trause, Denise La Neve, Juditha Dowd, Therese Halscheid, and David Messineo. All of the pieces that appear in the anthology are by authors who were featured in the on-going North Jersey Literary Series held at the Classic Quiche Café in Teaneck, New Jersey between 2010 and 2015. Viewed in geological time, poetry is a recent phenomenon, even in an ancient outcropping like the New Jersey Palisades. After five millennia of recorded history, toward the end of the 20th Century, writers begin to gather together, to coalesce in cafes, libraries and other literary watering holes upon or near the ancient basaltic fastness of the Palisades. This post-geological phenomenon has been collectively named “The Palisades Poetry Movement.” This new volume, Meta-Land, assembles 121 works by 58 poets, arranged in 11 themed sections. All of the pieces that appear in the anthology are by authors who were featured in the on-going North Jersey Literary Series held at the Classic Quiche Café in Teaneck, New Jersey between 2010 and 2015. This collection delves deeply into our ‘metaperceptions:’ how we see ourselves, the universe, and what we question, feel or think. Diverse voices that represent a modern world of both natural beauty and cosmopolitan sophistication explore the fundamental nature of reality, existence, knowledge, values, reason and mind. We find ourselves in a ‘Meta-Land,’ where symbols of symbols are nested like matryoshkas, and meaning’s reach extends past all horizons.

green star for adult eventPoetry Writing Workshop with Diane Lockward

Write a Poem
Sat, April 1, 2017, 2:00 pm

Diane Lockward is the author of The Crafty Poet: A Portable Workshop (Wind Publications, 2013) and The Crafty Poet Poet II: A Portable Workshop (Wind Publications, 2016), and four full-length collections of poetry, most recently, The Uneaten Carrots of Atonement (Wind Publications, 2016). Her earlier books are , What Feeds Us, which received the 2006 Quentin R. Howard Poetry Prize, and Eve’s Red Dress. She is also the author of two chapbooks, Against Perfection and Greatest Hits: 1997 – 2010. This afternoon she will give prompts and participants will write a few new poems.