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3 Ways to Celebrate National Poetry Month

Posted 10 months ago by Jan C

Posted in Children and Parenting, Fiction, Graphic Novels and Poetry and Teen and Pre-Teens | Tagged with events, National Poetry Month, Poetry Speaks, Poetry Workshops and writing

Spring is coming. Time to get those creative juices flowing by registering for Poetry Speaks! Poetry writing workshops at three Toledo Lucas County Public Library locations in April. Register for one, two, or all three series; it’s a bloomin’ poetry curriculum.

On Wednesdays, prepare your poems for stage and print at Main Library. On Thursdays, explore poetic forms and styles at King Road Branch. On Saturdays, mash up poems and illustrations at Sanger Branch.

Celebrate National Poetry Month at the Library

Spring 2018 Poetry Speaks Events

Kevin Coval - Poet

Poetry Speaks Presents Kevin Coval

Apr 12 | 7 p.m. | Main Library

Celebrate National Poetry Month with Louder Than A Bomb: Chicago Youth Poetry Festival founder and celebrated Def Poetry Jam poet and author Kevin Coval.

This event is free and open to the public - no registration required.

Erin Adair-Hodges - Poet

Poetry Speaks featuring Erin Adair-Hodges

April 25 | 6:30 p.m. | Main Library

Celebrate National Poetry Month with visiting assistant professor of creative writing at the University of Toledo, Erin Adair-Hodges, winner of the 2016 Agnes Lynch Starrett Poetry Prize for "Let’s All Die Happy." We are happy to welcome Erin as our featured poet for the Finishing Poetry Workshop on April 25. 

This event is free and open to the public - no registration required.

Spring 2018 Poetry Speaks Workshops

Poetry Speaks: Finishing Poetry

Apr. 4, 11, 18, 25 | 6:30-8:15 pm | Huntington | Main Library

Prepare for stage and print with current and former Lucas County Poet Laureates, Jim Ferris and Joel Lipman. Kevin Coval will be on hand April 11 to assist with the workshop. Erin Adair-Hodges will be the featured poet for the performance workshop on April 25. Registration required.

Jim Ferris - Lucas County Poet Laureate
Jim Ferris

The current Poet Laureate of Lucas County. He is an award-winning poet and performance artist, author of "Slouching Towards Guantanamo," "Facts of Life" and "The Hospital Poems." Ferris, who hold a doctorate in performance studies, has performed at the Kennedy Center and across the United States, Canada, and Great Britain, recent performance work includes the solo performance piece "Scars: A Love Story." His writing has appeared in dozens of publications, ranging from the Georgia Review to Text & Performance Quarterly, from the Michigan Quarterly Review to weekly newspapers. He has won awards for creative nonfiction and mathematics as well as performance and poetry. Ferris holds the Ability Center Endowed Chair in Disability Studies at the University of Toledo, where he directs the Disability Studies Program.

Joel Lipman - the first Poet Laureate of Lucas County (2008-2014)
Joel Lipman

Appointed the first Poet Laureate of Lucas County (2008-2014), by the Board of County Commissioners, Joel Lipman was raised in Kenosha, Wisconsin and has lived in Madison, Chicago, Buffalo and Toledo. Awarded Ohio’s Governor’s Award in 1988 and the 2011 Ohioana State Library’s Pegasus Award for Lifetime Achievement, his poems are available on the Poetry Foundation website and currently in Inland Seas: Quarterly Journal of the National Museum of the Great Lakes (V73, Fall 2017, No.3).

Poetry Speaks: Poetic All Sorts

Apr 5, 12, 19 and May 3 | 6:30-8 pm | King Road

Explore poetic forms and styles with Cindy Bosley and Leonard Kress. 

Registration required.

Cindy Bosley - poet and creative writing instructor
Cindy Bosley

Cindy is the author of "The Siren Sonnets," a chapbook released last year. She teaches writing at the University of Toledo and Owens Community College. Bosley had poems published in The North American Review, Midwest Quarterly, Prairie Schooner and other journals. Bosley also makes art quilts and miniature rooms, is the mother of three daughters and rents pillow space to two cats.

Leonard Kress - poet and teacher
Leonard Kress

Leonard has published poetry and fiction in Massachusetts Review, Iowa Review, American Poetry Review, Harvard Review and other journals. His recent collections are "The Orpheus Complex," "Thirteens," "Braids & Other Sestinas" and "Walk Like Bo Diddley." He has received Individual Artist Grants in Poetry and Playwriting from the Ohio Arts Council and the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts and teaches philosophy and religion at Owens Community College.

Poetry Speaks: Poetry Illustrated

Apr 7, 14, 21, 28 | 2-3:30 pm | Sanger

Mash up poems & illustrations with Imani Lateef. 

Registration required.

Imani Lateef - graphic designer and poet.
Imani Lateef

Imani is an award-winning graphic designer and poet, specializing in newspaper/editorial design and logo design. He is the owner of, an e-commerce website specializing in digital comic books by Black comic book creators and publishers. In 2016, he won second place in the University of Toledo's Pitch and Pour business pitch competition for his e-commerce business. He recently sponsored Toledo's first Black Comic Book Festival in partnership with The Toledo Lucas County Public Library.

Children and Teen Poetry Events

Poetry in Your Pocket
Apr 2-7 | During Library Hours | King Road

Kick off National Poetry Month at the library! Choose your favorite poem and make a card to carry in your pocket and share all month long. 
Poetry Creation Station
Apr 2-30 | Library Hours | Sanger

In honor of National Poetry Month, stop by the library any day throughout April during library hours and create your own poem using our poetry creation station!
Blackout Poetry
Apr 2-21 | Library Hours | Point Place

It's National Poetry Month and you can celebrate by entering the Blackout Poetry contest. Stop in, grab a page out of an old book, and find out how. Grades 6-12

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