2013-04-10 / Front Page

Celebrate Poetry Month At Queens Library

The Queens Library is celebrating National Poetry Month during April. All month long the library recognizes and celebrates the work of poets with a broad selection of programs for all ages. All events are free and open to the public.
On April 4, the Spring Poetry Mobile came to Richmond Hill for school-age children to join them and make their own spring-themed poetry mobile.
Open Mic Night was also held on April 4 at the Flushing Branch, where performers were invited to share their talents in a five-minute presentation of poetry, prose, music, comedy, or spoken word. In February, they had their first February Poetry Festival, celebrating Valentine’s Day, Lunar New Year, and Black History Month. And in March, they featured surrealist poet Jay Chollick, voted Best Poet at The Vault. April 4 observed National Poetry Month with Ed Stever, author of two published books of poetry and Poet Laureate of Suffolk County 2011-2013.
In East Elmhurst, poet Bob McNeil celebrated Queens’ historical contributions to the American way of life and the richness of culture that abounds in its diverse neighborhoods through poetry and music on the April 8 Music and Poetry Tribute to Queens, NY. 
On April 11, there will be a Poetry Party with educator and artist Christine Campbell at South Hollis, 204-01 Hollis Avenue, 718-465-6779. Be inspired by the creativity of poetry, an art form used to communicate ideas and feelings. Campbell helps students age seven and up write and give voice to their own poems, then share with all at a Poetry Slam where everyone is a poet.
Also on April 11, there will be a Poetry Workshop for school age children to celebrate National Poetry Month by writing poems of their own at Richmond Hill, 118-14 Hillside Avenue, 718-849-7150.
For adults, there will be a workshop, Calligraphy and Poetry: An Artful Blend, in which you will learn to create fancy lettering with calligraphy tools, then “pen” a poem—your own or by a favorite poet—suitable for framing. Seating is limited; preregistration is required in person or by phone, at Hillcrest, 187-05 Union Turnpike, Flushing, 718-454-2786. 
On April 13 is the Word Canvas: National Poetry Month Celebration, a dynamic afternoon celebrating National Poetry Month with the power of the spoken word. Featured poets will be Cheryl Boyce Taylor (author of Convincing the Body), DuEwa Frazier (author of Goddess Under the Bridge) and Darryl Alladice (author of Jaundice). It will be held at Langston Hughes, 100-01 Northern Boulevard, Corona, 718-651-1100. 
On April 14, there is an Open Mic. Drew Biscardi writes poems and short fiction that explore the moments that make up the unique narratives of daily life. Often using the lives of the working class as a backdrop, he searches for the center in small stories, where people connect and disconnect, where they hope and they lose hope. Though Biscardi spent most of his adult life doing blue-collar labor, he is currently employed as managing editor of Landscape magazine. It will be at Central Library, 89-11 Merrick Boulevard, Jamaica, 718-990-0700. 
On April 17, Write Your Own Poem will be held at McGoldrick, 155-06 Roosevelt Avenue, Flushing, 718-461-1616. Children will use their creative skills to write their own poems.
Poem in Your Pocket will be held on April 18, at Hollis, 202-05 Hillside Avenue, 718-465-7355. Children will make a pocket from construction paper. They will be encouraged to write a poem and place it in the pocket and then read the poem aloud to the group.
Also on April 18 is Rhythm and Poetry. Is rap poetry? Are rappers poets? Find out at Cambria Heights, 218-13 Linden Boulevard, 718-528-3535. 
The Poetry Club will convene April 22. They will read and discuss great poetry at Auburndale, 25-55 Francis Lewis Boulevard, 718-352-2027.
Take a black marker and a newspaper and you, too, can produce poetry on April 23, at Newspaper Blackout Poetry. This program is inspired by poet Austin Kleon’s book Newspaper Blackout and his Web site, austinkleon.com. It will be held at Hollis, 202-05 Hillside Avenue, 718-465-7355.
On April 25, children are invited for the  Poetry Reading. Poems will be shared in celebration of National Poetry Month at Richmond Hill, 118-14 Hillside Avenue, 718-849-7150. 
There will be an Open Mic Day on April 26, in honor of Poetry Month, South Ozone Park, 128-16 Rockaway Boulevard will be open to performances of poetry, stories or any other medium in which you would like to express yourself. Preregistration is required, call 718-529-1660.
On April 27, George Edward Tait Presents: the 30th Anniversary of Poetcetera. Join George Edward Tait, the Poet Laureate of Harlem, for a dynamic afternoon of poetry in celebration of the 30th anniversary of Poetcetera, at Langston Hughes, 100-01 Northern Boulevard, Corona, 718-651-1100. 
On April 29, there will be a Newspaper Blackout Poetry event at Pomonok, 158-21 Jewel Avenue, Flushing, 718-591-4343. Using newspapers and a black marker, children and teens ages 10-17 will create poetry by removing words from the original text.
And to conclude, on April 30 there will be a Poetry Circle. In this poetry circle everyone will read poems and try their hand at writing poetry. It will be at Hollis, 202-05 Hillside Avenue, 718-465-7355.


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