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National Youth Poetry Assembly Performances
Performance

Thursday, April 2, 11:00AM–12:00PM
Thursday, April 2, 1:00PM–2:00PM

National Youth Poetry Assembly Performances

Student poetry performances by champions of Poetry Out Loud, the current class of National Student Poets, and poetry slam and spoken word poets: #youthpoetryleaders

<em>Bagley Wright Lecture Series </em>: Terrance Hayes
Lecture

Thursday, April 2, 7:00PM

Bagley Wright Lecture Series : Terrance Hayes

Terrance Hayes discusses "Poems from Prison" as part of the spring Bagley Wright Lecture Series on Poetry. The series seeks to provide leading poets with the opportunity to explore in depth their own...

Poetry Foundation Library: Special Saturday Hours

Saturday, April 4, 10:00AM–3:00PM

Poetry Foundation Library: Special Saturday Hours

The Poetry Foundation Library is open to the public on select Saturdays. Young children and their parents/guardians are also invited to join us for Saturday Poemtime at 10:30 AM.

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Saturday Poemtime

Saturday, April 4, 10:30AM

Saturday Poemtime

The Poetry Foundation Library welcomes children ages two to five to a storytime event that introduces poetry through fun, interactive readings and crafts.

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Forms and Features: Personification

Saturday, April 4, 12:00PM–2:00PM

Forms and Features: Personification

All experience levels are welcome to a discussion and creative workshop moderated by library staff. In April, we will explore personification, the device that transforms the non-human (the animal, the...

Poetry off the Shelf: Third Man Books featuring Rachel Bell, Larry O. Dean, S. Whitney Holmes, Janaka Stucky & Ken Vandermark
Reading

Tuesday, April 7, 7:00PM

Poetry off the Shelf: Third Man Books featuring Rachel Bell, Larry O. Dean, S. Whitney Holmes, Janaka Stucky & Ken Vandermark

Rachel Bell is a poet living in Chicago. Her first book, a collection of poetry, chat excerpts, and collage was published in Zurich in February 2014. Her work has been featured on VICE, Internet Poetry, and...

Meet Mr. Yeats
Performance

Thursday, April 9, 6:30PM

Meet Mr. Yeats

A cast of well-known local actors brings to life the dramatic biography and gripping words of Irish poet, William Butler Yeats, on the occasion of the 150th anniversary year of his birth.

<em> Anthem for Doomed Youth </em>

Wednesday, April 15, 7:00PM

Anthem for Doomed Youth

World War I, which began just over a hundred years ago, came to be known as the Great War for its unprecedented scope and the vast carnage caused by its new technologies of killing. The conflict is also...

<em> The BreakBeat Poets </em>
Performance

Thursday, April 16, 7:00PM

The BreakBeat Poets

Join editors Kevin Coval, Nate Marshall, and Quraysh Ali Lansana to celebrate the release of The BreakBeat Poets: New American Poetry in the Age of Hip-Hop, the first anthology of its kind.

Spanning four...

Children's Poetry Day:<em> A Poetry Menagerie </em>
Event

Saturday, April 18, 10:00AM–1:00PM

Children's Poetry Day: A Poetry Menagerie

Celebrate National Poetry Month with a delightful open house just for kids at the Poetry Foundation Library. This special weekend event will feature performances by Adventure Sandwich and Jasmine Barber,...

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