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April 2019

Intermediate Poetry Workshop

April 11, 2019, 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Quiet Room – First Floor, 65 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, NJ 08542 United States

This four-session workshop, conducted by Dara-Lyn Shrager, is open to adults with prior writing experience and is limited to 10 participants.  Subsequent sessions are on April 11, 18 and 25.  Registration is required and can be completed below. During the workshop, poetry basics will be reviewed and creating and sustaining tension in a poem will be covered.  In the first session, participants will write the first draft of a poem. In session two, early revision will be discussed and editing techniques…

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Poets at the Library

April 15, 2019, 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Newsroom – Second Floor, 65 Witherspoon St
Princeton, NJ 08542 United States

Featured poets Dennis Nurkse and Coleen Marks read for 20 minutes from their works, followed by an open-mic session. Nurkse's 11th poetry collection "Love in the Last Days" was published by Knopf in 2017. He is the recipient of the Literature Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters and fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the Whiting Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts. He has also taught poetry at Rikers Island and served on the board of…

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Intermediate Poetry Workshop

April 18, 2019, 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Quiet Room – First Floor, 65 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, NJ 08542 United States

This four-session workshop, conducted by Dara-Lyn Shrager, is open to adults with prior writing experience and is limited to 10 participants.  Subsequent sessions are on April 11, 18 and 25.  Registration is required and can be completed below. During the workshop, poetry basics will be reviewed and creating and sustaining tension in a poem will be covered.  In the first session, participants will write the first draft of a poem. In session two, early revision will be discussed and editing techniques…

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Intermediate Poetry Workshop

April 25, 2019, 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Quiet Room – First Floor, 65 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, NJ 08542 United States

This four-session workshop, conducted by Dara-Lyn Shrager, is open to adults with prior writing experience and is limited to 10 participants.  Subsequent sessions are on April 11, 18 and 25.  Registration is required and can be completed below. During the workshop, poetry basics will be reviewed and creating and sustaining tension in a poem will be covered.  In the first session, participants will write the first draft of a poem. In session two, early revision will be discussed and editing techniques…

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May 2019

Poets at the Library

May 13, 2019, 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Newsroom – Second Floor, 65 Witherspoon St
Princeton, NJ 08542 United States

Featured poets Corey Langer and Adina Langer read for 20 minutes from their works, followed by an open-mic session. Corey J. Langer, MD, FACP is a Professor of Medicine in the Hematology/Oncology Division at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where he serves as Director of Thoracic Oncology in the Abramson Cancer Center. Corey’s one extracurricular activity is poetry.  He is the past and current President of Delaware Valley Poets (DVP), which he joined in 1994 after interacting with…

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June 2019

Poets at the Library

June 10, 2019, 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Newsroom – Second Floor, 65 Witherspoon St
Princeton, NJ 08542 United States

Featured poets Gretna Wilkinson and Sharon Olson read for 20 minutes from their works, followed by an open-mic session. Sharon Olson is a retired librarian, a Stanford graduate, with an M.L.S. from U.C. Berkeley and an M.A. in comparative literature from the University of Oregon. Her chapbook Clouds "Brushed in Later" (1987) won the Abby Niebauer Memorial Chapbook Award, and a full-length book of poems, "The Long Night of Flying," was published by Sixteen Rivers Press in 2006. Her second…

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Xue Di: Across Borders Poetry Reading

June 23, 2019, 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Community Room – First Floor, 65 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, NJ 08542 United States

Award-winning Chinese poet Xue Di (雪迪) (pronounced shway-dee) presents a multi-media, bilingual poetry reading and casual talk. Coming of age under Chairman Mao’s Cultural Revolution (1966-77), which suppressed all literary works, Xue Di came across forbidden poems and became determined to be a poet as a young boy. His strikingly intense lyricism is deeply connected to a yearning shared by all humanity. The poet will read his poems in the Chinese original, followed by English translations read by American poet Jonathan…

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September 2019

Poets at the Library

September 9, 2019, 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Newsroom – Second Floor, 65 Witherspoon St
Princeton, NJ 08542 United States

Featured poets Anna M. Evans and Kim Bridgford read from their work for 20 minutes each, followed by an open-mic session. Anna M. Evans’ poems have appeared in the Harvard Review, Atlanta Review, Rattle, American Arts Quarterly, and 32 Poems. She gained her MFA from Bennington College. Recipient of Fellowships from the MacDowell Artists' Colony and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and winner of the 2012 Rattle Poetry Prize Readers' Choice Award, she currently teaches at West Windsor Art Center and Rowan College at…

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October 2019

Intermediate Poetry Workshop

October 3, 2019, 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Princeton Room – Second Floor, 65 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, NJ 08542 United States

This four-session workshop, conducted by Dara-Lyn Shrager, is open to adults with prior writing experience. Subsequent sessions are on October 10, 24, and 31.  Space is limited, and registration is required. During the workshop, participants will review poetry basics.  Over the series, participants will write the first draft of a poem, discuss and implement revision and editing techniques, and complete a second draft. Pencil/pen and paper are required.  

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Poets at the Library

October 14, 2019, 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Newsroom – Second Floor, 65 Witherspoon St
Princeton, NJ 08542 United States

Featured poets Katherine Falk and Winnie Hughes read from their works for 20 minutes each, followed by an open-mic session. Falk was the 2017 Bucks County Poet Laureate. She is the recipient of the H. MacKnight-Black Poetry and Literature Prize and winner of  the Bowman’s Hill Wildflower Preserve’s  poetry contest. Her haiku was a runner-up out of 40,000 entries for Japan Airlines’ haiku contest. Her poems have been published in Freshet Anthologies, Schuylkill Valley Journal and U.S. 1 Worksheets.  …

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November 2019

Poetry and Music: Mi Jialu: “Deep Breaths”

November 7, 2019, 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Community Room – First Floor, 65 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, NJ 08542 United States

Mi Jialu, associate professor in the departments of English and World Languages and Cultures at the College of New Jersey, reads from "Deep Breaths," his recent bilingual book of poetry, with Chinese music accompaniment. The reading will be accompanied by the "Welcoming Tides" rock band led by Yingchao Zhang and English voiced by alto Dee Dee Miles. "Deep Breaths," a collection of poems written during the past 37 years, was published in Taiwan and is divided into three parts in…

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Poets at the Library: A Celebration of Poet Jean Hollander

November 11, 2019, 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Community Room – First Floor, 65 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, NJ 08542 United States

This special edition of Poets at the Library is a tribute to poet Jean Hollander who died in April. Friends and fellow poets will offer opening remarks and read selections of her poems and translations. The evening will close with an open-mic exclusively of Jean's poems. Presented in partnership by the library, US1 Poets’ Cooperative and Delaware Valley Poets. Presented with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities: Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this programming do…

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Poetry Brunch Featuring No River Twice

November 17, 2019, 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Community Room – First Floor, 65 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, NJ 08542 United States

No River Twice presents an improvisational poetry reading during which the poets and audience collaborate to decide the direction of the performance from beginning to end, poem by poem. By the end of the event, a new poem will be created that tells the story of the reading and those who were present to guide it. No River Twice is an experiment in how to bring playfulness, surprise and communal participation into the realm of poetry readings. Doors open at…

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December 2019

Poets at the Library

December 9, 2019, 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Newsroom – Second Floor, 65 Witherspoon St
Princeton, NJ 08542 United States

Featured poets Edwin Romond and Lavinia Kumar read from their works for 20 minutes each, followed by an open-mic session. Romond’s latest book is "Home Team: Poems about Baseball" (Grayson Books.) He has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and from the New Jersey and Pennsylvania state arts councils. His work has been featured on NPR’s "Writer’s Almanac," and his poem, "Champion,” won the 2013 New Jersey Poetry Prize. A native of Woodbridge, he lives with his…

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March 2020

Poets at the Library

Monday, March 9, 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Community Room – First Floor, 65 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, NJ 08542 United States

Featured poets Vida Chu and Susan Gerardi Bello read from their works for 20 minutes each, followed by an open-mic session. A Princeton resident, Vida Chu grew up in Hong Kong. She came to America to attend the Universityof Pennsylvania, graduated with a degree in biology, and stayed. Her poems have appeared in many journals. She has two books of poems: "The Fragrant Harbor" and "The Thirteenth Lake." She has published children's stories in Cricket Magazine and “Fire and Wings,”…

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