National Poetry Month was inaugurated by the Academy of American Poets in 1996. Over the years it has become the largest literary celebration in the world with schools, publishers, libraries, booksellers, and poets celebrating poetry’s vital place in our culture. The Albert Wisner Public Library, located at 1 McFarland Dr. in Warwick NY, will join the celebration by presenting two poetry programs in April.
Three local poets will read poems celebrating Earth Day, Poetry Month, family, and geography on Sun., Apr. 15 at 2 p.m. Following the readings by Mary Makofske, Donna Spector and Howard Horowitz, an open reading will allow guests to share their writings, with a limit of one or two poems.
Mary Makofske’s latest books are World Enough and Time (Kelsay, 2017) and Traction (Ashland, 2011), the winner of the Richard Snyder Prize. Her poems have appeared in journals nationally and internationally and in 18 anthologies. In 2017, she won the Atlanta Review International Poetry Prize and the New Millennium Prize.
Donna Spector has written an off-Broadway play entitled, Golden Ladder (Women Playwrights: The Best Plays of 2002); won the Masters Poetry Prize; was a second prize winner in the Ginsberg Poetry Awards; wrote The Woman Who Married Herself (Evening Street Press), a Sinclair Poetry Prize finalist; Two Worlds (Aldrich Press); and won two National Endowment for the Humanities grants to study in Greece.
Howard Horowitz is a poet, geographer and environmental activist. He has taught natural resources courses at Ramapo College since 1982. Before that, he was at the U.S. EPA and worked on forestry contracts in the American West. In addition to a book of tree planting poems, he has been writing a growing number of word maps – poems in the form of maps.
Favorite Poem Reading
The public is invited to the Library on Tues., Apr. 24 from 2 to 4 p.m. to share their favorite poems, poems that have enriched lives or helped someone though a difficult time. Guests can bring a poem (not original poems) that can be shared in three minutes or so. Stay for a while or stay for the entire program.
This event is based on the Favorite Poem Project originally instituted by the Library of Congress. Light refreshments will be served.