Poetry at the Library

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

May 2021 Events

green star for adult eventMid-May Writers’ Circle

Write a First Draft
Thu, May 13, 2021, 6:00 pm

It’s the lusty month of May and were ready to write poems about communion, hope and the light at the end of the tunnel. Join a supportive group, read a poem and write a poem. Email valeri84@hpplnj.org for Zoom link, poem, and prompts. Join Zoom Meeting Meeting ID: 823 2715 7653 Passcode: 029801

green star for adult eventMay Writers’ Circle

Writing Workshop
Thu, May 6, 2021, 6:00 pm

Join a group of encouraging writers! Read poems and write a first draft. Email valeri84@hpplnj.org for Zoom link and and poem and prompts.
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 897 1105 2023
Passcode: 221125

April 2021 Events

green star for adult eventLois Marie Harrod Virtual Reading and Writing Workshop

A Reading and Workshop
Thu, April 29, 2021, 6:30 pm

Tonight we will have a reading and workshop via Zoom. Lois Marie Harrod’s 17th collection Woman was published by Blue Lyra in February 2020 and her chapbook Spat is slated to come out in the Spring of 2021.Lois is a poet and a teacher. Her Nightmares of the Minor Poet appeared in June 2016 from […]

red star for teens eventBlackout Poetry for Teens

Teen poetry
Tue, April 20, 2021, 1:00 pm

Celebrate National Poetry Month with a Blackout Poetry Teen Take & Make kit.  Pickup starts at 1pm, while supplies last.

bird spring

green star for adult eventMid-April Writers’ Circle

Write a First Draft
Thu, April 15, 2021, 6:00 pm

Join a group that discusses poems and writes together. This session we will talk about the opening of the world to Spring and better days! Email valeri84@hpplnj.org for Zoom link, poems and prompts.
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 832 5015 1105
Passcode: 242489

green star for adult eventApril Fool’s Writers’ Circle

Write A Poem
Thu, April 1, 2021, 6:00 pm

April is sometimes called “the cruelist month,” but it has been known to be a good month to start a pilgrimage. Tonight we will be discussing a poem and writing our own first draft. Email valeri84@hpplnj.org for Zoom Link, poem and prompts.

Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 893 6871 7785
Passcode: 730822

March 2021 Events

green star for adult eventMaxine Susman Virtual Poetry Writing Workshop

Write a First Draft
Mon, March 29, 2021, 10:45 am

Maxine Susman is back to conduct her popular poetry writing workshop with a theme to honor National Women’s History Month. Participants will discuss a provocative sample poem or two, join in some group brain-storming, and start the draft of a new poem, with time at the end to share their work. Maxine Susman was born and raised in New York before moving to New Jersey in her 20s. She lived in Highland Park for many years, and raised her daughter and son here. Now she lives in nearby Kingston. She retired some years back from Caldwell University, where she was an English professor. Since then she has been giving poetry classes, and teaching an ongoing poetry workshop at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute of Rutgers University. Her work appears in many journals, including Paterson Literary Review, Fourth River, Slant, Journal of New Jersey Poets, Presence, and Crab Orchard Review. She often writes about the natural world, health and illness, art, and animals, including people.Tonight she’ll read from her seventh book, My Mother’s Medicine, which tells the story of her mother, a young Jewish girl from Brooklyn who graduated during the Great Depression from the only all-women’s medical school in the country.
Email valeri84@hpplnj to register and receive Zoom link and info.

green star for adult eventJuditha Dowd Vitual Poetry Reading

Zoom Poetry Night Series
Thu, March 18, 2021, 7:00 pm

Juditha Dowd’s mixed-genre, verse biography Audubon’s Sparrow is forthcoming in April 2020 from Rose Metal Press. Told in the voice of Lucy Bakewell Audubon, the naturalist’s spirited young wife, it follows their adventures along the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers in the early 1800s, a period marked by constant challenge and rapid change. Juditha is also the author of a full-length poetry collection, Mango in Winter, as well as poetry chapbooks, short fiction, and lyric essays. She reads with Cool Women, an ensemble performing in the New York-New Jersey-Philadelphia area and occasionally on the west coast. Open Mic to follow the reading.

green star for adult eventVirtual Writers’ Circle

Start Writing With an Encouraging Group
Thu, March 4, 2021, 6:00 pm

Join a group that likes to put put pen to paper and write. You might be surprised at what you have hidden inside and what you find in a first draft. We read poems, and use prompts to begin writing. Email valeri84@hpplnj.org for poem and prompts. Zoom Meeting Login Meeting ID: 899 0178 8558 Passcode: […]

February 2021 Events

green star for adult eventVirtual Poetry Writing Workshop with Maxine Susman

Write A First Draft
Mon, February 22, 2021, 10:45 am

Poet Maxine Susman will conduct a poetry writing workshop via Zoom, Our Year So Far. Participants will discuss a provocative sample poem or two, join in some group brain-storming, and start the draft of a new poem, with time at the end to share their work. Maxine Susman was born and raised in New York before moving to New Jersey in her 20s. She lived in Highland Park for many years, and raised her daughter and son here. Now she lives in nearby Kingston. She retired some years back from Caldwell University, where she was an English professor. Since then she has been giving poetry classes, and teaching an ongoing poetry workshop at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute of Rutgers University.

green star for adult eventVirtual Reading with Poet Maxine Susman

Virtual Poetry Night Series Kickoff
Thu, February 18, 2021, 7:00 pm

Tonight Maxine Susman will read from My Mother’s Medicine, her seventh and most recent, a poetry-memoir about her mother Florence Carol Levin, a young Jewish girl from Brooklyn who went to the last all-women’s medical school in the 1930’s. She will also read some recent poems from the past pandemic year. Maxine Susman was born and raised in New York before moving to New Jersey in her 20s. She lived in Highland Park for many years, and raised her daughter and son here. Now she lives in nearby Kingston. She retired some years back from Caldwell University, where she was an English professor. Since then she has been giving poetry classes, and teaching an ongoing poetry workshop at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute of Rutgers University. Her work appears in many journals, including Paterson Literary Review, Fourth River, Slant, Journal of New Jersey Poets, Presence, and Crab Orchard Review. She often writes about the natural world, health and illness, art, and animals, including people.

January 2021 Events

green star for adult eventVirtual Writers’ Circle

Write A First Draft
Thu, January 7, 2021, 6:00 pm

Stay connected and stimulate your interest in writing with an encouraging Writers’ Circle. Each month we look at a poems, receive prompts, and participants produce a first draft. Join our group via Zoom. Email valeri84@hpplnj.org for Zoom link and login information.

December 2020 Events

green star for adult eventVirtual Writers’ Circle

Write a First Draft
Thu, December 10, 2020, 6:00 pm

Join our Zoom Writers’ Circle. Get ready to read and write poems! Email valeri84@hpplnj.org to receive Zoom link and and login information.

October 2020 Events

green star for adult eventOutdoor Writers’ Circle

Write A First Draft
Thu, October 22, 2020, 6:00 pm

Join our outdoor, socially distanced Writers’ Circle. Please wear a mask and we will provide poems and prompts to fuel 20-30 minutes of writing. Look for us at tables placed in front of the library entrance. No need to sign up. We invite new and old members of the circle. Get ready to write! The event is weather permitting, and rain dates will be provided if necessary.

September 2020 Events

green star for adult eventOutdoor Writers’ Circle

Write a Poem
Thu, September 17, 2020, 6:00 pm

Join our outdoor, socially distanced Writers’ Circle. Please wear a mask and we will provide poems and prompts to fuel 20-30 minutes of writing. Look for us at tables placed in front of the library entrance. No need to sign up. We invite new and old members of the circle. Get ready to write! The event is weather permitting, and rain dates will be provided if necessary.

green star for adult eventOutdoor Writers’ Circle

Write a Poem
Thu, September 3, 2020, 6:00 pm

Join our outdoor, socially distanced Writers’ Circle. Please wear a mask and we will provide poems and prompts to fuel 20-30 minutes of writing. Look for us at tables placed in front of the library entrance. No need to sign up. We invite new and old members of the circle. Get ready to write! The event is weather permitting, and rain dates will be provided if necessary.

August 2020 Events

green star for adult eventWriters’ Circle

Write a poem or prose piece
Thu, August 20, 2020, 6:00 pm

Join our first outdoor, socially distanced Writers’ Circle. Please wear a mask and bring all your angst from the Pandemic! As always we will use poems and prompts to fuel 20-30 minutes of writing. Look for us at tables placed in front of the library entrance. No need to sign up. We invite new and old members of the circle. Get ready to write!

May 2020 Events

green star for adult eventCancelled – Poetry Night with Juditha Dowd

Friends of the Library Poetry Night Series
Thu, May 14, 2020, 7:00 pm

Juditha Dowd’s mixed-genre, verse biography Audubon’s Sparrow is forthcoming in April 2020 from Rose Metal Press. Told in the voice of Lucy Bakewell Audubon, the naturalist’s spirited young wife, it follows their adventures along the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers in the early 1800s, a period marked by constant challenge and rapid change. Juditha is also the author of a full-length poetry collection, Mango in Winter, as well as poetry chapbooks, short fiction, and lyric essays. She reads with Cool Women, an ensemble performing in the New York-New Jersey-Philadelphia area and occasionally on the west coast. Q and A and book signing follow the reading.

April 2020 Events

green star for adult eventCancelled – Poetry Night Reading

Edwin Romond
Thu, April 16, 2020, 7:00 pm

dwin 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. A book signing and Q & A will follow.

March 2020 Events

green star for adult eventCancelled-Poet Maxine Susman

Friends of the Library Poetry Night Series
Thu, March 26, 2020, 7:00 pm

Maxine Susman’s seventh book, My Mother’s Medicine: Poems, about her mother’s life as a doctor, was published in 2019. After a career of teaching English at the college level, she continues to teach poetry writing and literature at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute of Rutgers University, where she earned the Distinguished Teaching Award. Her poems appear in many New Jersey and national journals. She divides her time between New Jersey and Outer Cape Cod.