Poetry at the Library

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

November 2017 Events

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.

May 2017 Events

Wanda Praisner

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

Sponsored by the Friends of the Library
Tue, May 16, 2017, 7:00 pm

Wanda S. Praisner, a poet in residence for the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, has published four collections of poems, 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.

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.

March 2017 Events

green star for adult eventPoet Maxine Susman

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

Welcome to the Spring Friends of the Library Poetry Night Series. We will have an open mic after our featured reader. Maxine Susman’s poems are about nature, art, history, and shifting states of body and mind. A long-time resident of Central Jersey who lived for 28 years in Highland Park, she taught literature and writing at Rutgers and at Caldwell University, and currently teaches poetry writing and short story courses at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute of Rutgers University (OLLIRU). Her work appears in The Healing Muse, Blueline, Journal of New Jersey Poets, Paterson Literary Review, Ekphrasis, Adanna, and other journals and anthologies. Recent awards include Third Place in the 2016 Allen Ginsberg Poetry Contest, Honorable Mention for the New Jersey Poets Prize, and the Marlene Pomper Teaching Award from OLLIRU. Maxine has published six chapbooks. Gogama tells the story of her father as a young doctor in the bush country of Northern Ontario during the Great Depression; Wartime Address is about a young British woman escaping from Occupied France. Provincelands, her new book (2016), is set among the dunes, beaches, and salt marshes of Outer Cape Cod. In her poetry she explores where and how feelings and ideas take form, sometimes in nature and sometimes in the human-made world.

February 2017 Events

green star for adult eventThe Amichai Windows-Hebrew Poems and Art Work

Rick Black
Sun, February 19, 2017, 2:00 pm

Rick Black, Turtle Light Publisher, is back with a brand new Bi-Lingual limited edition artist book, The Amichai Windows. Amichai is one of the great modern Hebrew poets. His poems have been translated into more than 30 languages and he was often considered for the Nobel Prize in Literature. Through his poetry, Amichai opened a window onto love, war, being Jewish in the 20th century and living in Israel. He will be in the meeting room from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM to display his new book and say hello to friends! Later on this year he will do a reading from the book at the library.

November 2016 Events

green star for adult eventPoet Catherine (Cat) Doty

Friends of the Library Poetry Night Series
Tue, November 22, 2016, 7:30 pm

CATHERINE DOTY is the recipient of the 2003 Marjorie J. Wilson Award, an Academy of American Poets Award, and fellowships from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts and the New York Foundation for the Arts. She was born and raised near Garrett Mountain in Paterson, New Jersey, and has taught thereabouts for many years. She is the author of Momentum, a volume of poems from CavanKerry Press in 2004, and Just Kidding, a collection of cartoons published by Avocet Press. Her work has appeared in numerous magazines and anthologies, among them Garrison Keillor’s More Good Poems for Hard Times and Billy Collins’ 180 More: Extraordinary Poems for Every Day. She is the recipient of the a Marjorie J. Wilson Award, an Academy of American Poets Prize, fellowships from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts and the New York Foundation for the Arts and other grants and honors. Ms. Doty has worked as a visiting artist for the Frost Place, the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, the New York Public Library and other organizations.

September 2016 Events

Jim Haba

green star for adult eventPoet Jim Haba

Friends of the Library Poetry Night Series
Tue, September 27, 2016, 7:30 pm

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.

May 2016 Events

Ocean Vuong

green star for adult eventOcean Vuong

Friends of the Library Poetry Night Series
Tue, May 24, 2016, 7:30 pm

Ocean Vuong’s first full-length collection, Night Sky With Exit Wounds, is forthcoming from Copper Canyon Press (2016). He is also the author of two chapbooks: No (YesYes Books, 2013) and Burnings (Sibling Rivalry Press, 2010), which was an American Library Association’s Over The Rainbow selection. A 2014 Ruth Lilly fellow, Ocean has received honors and awards from Poets House, the Elizabeth George Foundation, the Civitella Ranieri Foundation, the Saltonstall Foundation for the Arts, the Academy of American Poets, and a Pushcart Prize. His poetry and fiction have been featured in Kenyon Review, The Nation, New Republic, The New Yorker, The New York Times, Poetry, and the American Poetry Review, which awarded him the Stanley Kunitz Prize for Younger Poets. His work has been translated into Albanian, Arabic, Bulgarian, Cantonese, French, Italian, Hindi, Spanish, and Ukrainian.Born in Saigon, Vietnam, he resides in New York City and is currently at work on his first novel.

April 2016 Events

Barbara Crooker

green star for adult eventBarbara Crooker

Friends of the Library Poetry Night Series
Tue, April 26, 2016, 7:30 pm

Barbara Crooker’s poems have appeared in magazines such as The Green Mountains Review, The Hollins Critic, The Christian Science Monitor, Smartish Pace, The Beloit Poetry Journal, Nimrod, The Denver Quarterly, The Tampa Review, Poetry International, The Christian Century, America and anthologies such as The Bedford Introduction to Literature, Good Poems for Hard Times (Viking Penguin), Boomer Girls (University of Iowa Press), and Commonwealth: Contemporary Poets on Pennsylvania (Penn State University Press). She is the recipient of the 2007 Pen and Brush Poetry Prize, the 2006 Ekphrastic Poetry Award from Rosebud, the 2004 WB Yeats Society of New York Award, the 2004 Pennsylvania Center for the Book Poetry in Public Places Poster Competition, the 2003 Thomas Merton Poetry of the Sacred Award, the 2003 “April Is the Cruelest Month” Award from Poets & Writers, the 2000 New Millenium Writing’s Y2K competition, the 1997 Karamu Poetry Award, and others, including three Pennsylvania Council on the Arts Creative Writing Fellowships, sixteen residencies at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts; a residency at the Moulin a Nef, Auvillar, France; and a residency at the Tyrone Guthrie Centre, Annaghmakerrig, Ireland.

Laurie Granieri

green star for adult eventReadings on Food, Family, Memory, Geography, and New Jersey

Award Winning Author Laurie Granieri
Tue, April 12, 2016, 7:00 pm

Award-winning local journalist Laurie Granieri will give a reading of her prose and poetry. Granieri is part of the new essay collection Eat Pray Love Made Me Do It: Life Journeys Inspired by Elizabeth Gilbert’s Bestselling Memoir (Riverhead Books, March 2016). The anthology celebrates the 10th anniversary of Gilbert’s beloved book. Granieri will delve into food, memory, family, geography, and New Jersey in works spiked with humor and poignancy. Eat Pray Love Made Me Do It will be available for sale and signing. Laurie Granieri’s work has been broadcast on NPR, published in the Boxcar Literary Review, and has appeared in the 2011 essay collection This I Believe: On Fatherhood. Forthcoming work is due to be published in the April issue of Elle magazine. She works for Rutgers University’s Mason Gross School of the Arts and is an award-winning former columnist for The Home News Tribune. Granieri grew up in Milltown and lives in Franklin Township.

March 2016 Events

Adele Kenny

green star for adult eventAdele Kenny

Friends of the Library Poetry Night Series
Tue, March 22, 2016, 7:30 pm

Adele Kenny is the author of 24 books. Her poems, reviews, and articles have been published in journals worldwide, and her poems have appeared in books and anthologies published by Crown, Tuttle, Shambhala, and McGraw-Hill. She is the recipient of various awards, including poetry fellowships from the NJ State Arts Council, a first place Merit Book Award, a Thomas Merton Poetry Award, the International Book Award for Poetry, and Kean University’s Distinguished Alumni Award. A former creative writing professor, she is founding director of the Carriage House Poetry Series and poetry editor of Tiferet Journal. Website: www.Adelekenny.com
Please Note: Gail Gersin Fishman was scheduled for this date but will do her reading instead in the Fall of 2016.

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

poetry pen

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.” This program, Giving Voice to Time and Aging, was made possible by a grant from the New Jersey Council for the Humanities, a state partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this program do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities or the New Jersey Council for the Humanities.

September 2015 Events

green star for adult eventPoetry Night Series with Edwin Romond

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

This program, Giving Voice to Time and Aging, was made possible by a grant from the New Jersey Council for the Humanities, a state partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this program do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities or the New Jersey Council for the Humanities. 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. The Fall Poetry Night Series continues with Jane Rawlings on October 27 and BJ Ward on November 24. Both readings are at 7:30 PM.

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

puzzle piece

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!