Poetry in the Children's Room: The Fastest Animals on Four Wheels with Alexander Zane

Alexander Zane will read from his new book, The Wheels on the Race Car, and lead us as we read and write about all our favorite speedy animals.

Poetry in The Branches Workshop: Teen Poetry Workshop with Corie Feiner

Beginning in February 2005, Staten Island teens and adults will be doing what Poetry in The Branches was designed for: bumping into poetry and discovering its delights. The pilot year of this program will see Staten Island branches of The New York Public Library hosting six poetry-writing workshops for teens, and, for adults, a series of readings by stellar poets of their own and their favorite poets’ work. On a Spring afternoon or evening, when a trip on the ferry adds an extra note of pleasure to your day, come hear these readings.

Branching Out Kansas City: E. Ethelbert Miller on Langston Hughes

What are Langston's lessons? An examination of the work of Langston Hughes will help you learn more about America. It will help you explore the tough tapestry of race. His work will make you look into the mirror and see yourself. Are you ready? Who was this man who taught us how to dream? The life and work of Langston Hughes echoes the social transformation of America from the 1920s to the early 1960s. How did he put blues and jazz into his words? What was his secret? Come dance with the dreamer and discover how he changed literature.

Featuring music by a jazz ensemble

Branching Out Fresno: Martín Espada on Pablo Neruda

At each stage of his tumultuous life, Neruda wrote poems as chronicles, explaining his poetry and politics. He also wrote poems about the mysterious power of poetry itself, a power fully embraced in Chilean culture. In his talk Martín Espada will focus on the evolution of Neruda as a political poet, his struggle and exile at the hands of his own government, his triumphant return, his death in the wake of the military coup, and his redemption after democracy returned to Chile.

Master Class with Kathleen Fraser

Saturday October 29, 10:00am-1:00pm
Sunday October 30, 10:00am-3:00pm

This course focuses on substitution and the art of revision: how the use of space and line can affect meaning and sound, the impact of sentences and paragraphs on an otherwise linear poetic text, the role of disappearing words, and the legal issues of using found material.

A Tribute to Robert Creeley

Join more than a dozen poets and artists to celebrate the life and work of the beloved poet Robert Creeley (1926-2005).

Poetic Migrations: Gloria Gervitz in Conversation with Mónica de le Torre

Join poets Gloria Gervitz, one of the most important Mexican poets of the post-Paz generation, and Mónica de le Torre, co-editor of a landmark collection of contemporary Mexican poetry, in a conversation about long poems, translation, Latin American history, feminism, and personal memory.

Branching Out Houston: E. Ethelbert Miller on Langston Hughes

What are Langston's lessons? An examination of the work of Langston Hughes will help you learn more about America. It will help you explore the tough tapestry of race. His work will make you look into the mirror and see yourself. Are you ready? Who was this man who taught us how to dream? The life and work of Langston Hughes echoes the social transformation of America from the 1920s to the early 1960s. How did he put blues and jazz into his words? What was his secret? Come dance with the dreamer and discover how he changed literature.

Branching Out Fresno: E. Ethelbert Miller on Langston Hughes

What are Langston's lessons? An examination of the work of Langston Hughes will help you learn more about America. It will help you explore the tough tapestry of race. His work will make you look into the mirror and see yourself. Are you ready? Who was this man who taught us how to dream? The life and work of Langston Hughes echoes the social transformation of America from the 1920s to the early 1960s. How did he put blues and jazz into his words? What was his secret? Come dance with the dreamer and discover how he changed literature.

Branching Out Houston: Elizabeth Alexander on Gwendolyn Brooks

Since she began publishing her tight lyrics of Chicago’s great South Side in the 1940s, Gwendolyn Brooks has been one of the most influential American poets of the twentieth century. Her poems distill the very best aspects of Modernist style with the sounds and shapes of various African-American forms and idioms. Brooks is a consummate portraitist who found worlds in the community she wrote out of, and her innovations as a sonneteer remain an inspiration to more than one generation of poets who have come after her.

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