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Annual Haiku Contest

Submission deadline April 25

Join the annual Cleveland Park Library haiku contest, and let your creativity blossom!  Write your own original poem, and share it with the community.   We welcome people of all ages to participate, and we will display your entry for everyone to enjoy.  Japanese in origin, haiku is a three-line poem of five syllables, then seven syllables, then five.  It may be serious or lighthearted , and may portray a scene in nature, or a feeling, or the essence of a moment.  Traditionally, a haiku contains an unexpected turn of phrase or thought.

Roberta Beary - Poet

Poetry Reading - Haiku By Roberta Beary

Award-winning DC poet Roberta Beary will read from her published works.  Roberta  studied haiku in Japan.  Her individual poems, an unconventional hybrid of haiku and senryu, have been honored throughout North America, Europe and Asia for their innovative style. Her book of short poems, The Unworn Necklace(Snapshot Press, 2007), was a finalist  for the William Carlos Williams Book Award (Poetry Society of America) and was named a Haiku Society of America Merit Book Award prize winner.  

Alessandra Gelmi - Poet, Playwright, Author

Poetry Workshop by Alessandra Gelmi

Meet and work with the award-winning author

Professor Alessandra Gelmi is a journalist, playwright, and seven-time national award-winning author of the novel Who’s Afraid of Red and the poetry collection Ring of Fire. On Saturday, Sept. 12 at 2 p.m., she will offer a workshop on tips and tricks to make a poem sing.  Please bring a short poem to be workshopped in this class.    Workshop is limited to 25.  Registration Required.  

 Silver People: Voices from the Panama Canal by Margarita Engle

Some Novels-In-Verse for Kids

Enjoying poetry in a novel format

There’s finally a format that combines poetry and novels. For anyone who loves the lyrical quality of verse, you can now enjoy it in a full length story. The following are some picks that really utilize the format of poetry to its highest ability. Silver People: Voices from the Panama Canal by Margarita Engle

Reb Livingston - Poet

Poetry Reading: Avante-garde Meets Traditiona

Writing exercise included

This poetry reading focuses on bringing two creative directions together: Avante-garde and traditional poetry.

First Thursday Evening Poetry Reading Series

First Thursday Evening Poetry Reading Series

Two featured poets followed by open mic

The Georgetown Neighborhood Library continues its second year of First Thursday Evening Poetry Reading Series. Herb Guggenheim is the series coordinator. Well-known local poets will gather at the library to read from their works every month. There will be two featured poets for each month, and the readings will be followed by an open mic. June's featured poets are Beth Konkoski and Gregory Luce:  

Emily Dickinson

'Bulletins from Immortality...'

Emily Dickinson's 'Life After Death'

On Saturday, May 16 at 2 p.m., The Emily Dickinson International Society, DC Chapter, presents Eleanor Heginbotham, Ph.D., Professor Emerita, Concordia University Saint Paul and Board Member of EDIS, D.C. Chapter. On the day after the 129th anniversary of the death of America's great poet, Dr. Heginbotham will discuss how the poet lived on in her publishing history and what she says to us about "immortality" from beyond the grave. Dr. Heginbotham has published two books and several articles on Emily Dickinson.

Brown Girl Dreaming book cover

Your Friday Five

Stories in verse for fourth- to eighth-graders

We're wrapping up National Poetry Month, and while I've personally spent the month reveling in re-reading all of my favorite poems, I realize that not everyone loves poetry as much as I do. For some people, this disinterest -- or even distaste -- has to do with the fact that there isn't enough plot in a poem; people like a good narrative.

Poem in Your Pocket Day

Find your poem at the library, or bring one in to share

On Thursday, April 30, pick a poem that moves you. Pick a poem that amuses you. Pick a poem that confuses you. Put it in your pocket and see how it changes your day. From the Academy of American Poets:

"Spirit Hovering: poems" by Nancy Arbuthnot

Nancy Arbuthnot Reading

A Poetry Month celebration

As part of National Poetry Month, the Takoma Park Neighborhood Library is hosting a poetry reading on Thursday, April 30, at 7 p.m. with local poet Nancy Arbuthnot. 

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