Every April, National Poetry Month celebrates American Poetry, which along with the culture continually reinvents itself. This year the poet scholar and the literary novice alike will find plenty to invoke that creative spirit at the 3rd Annual Poetry in the Garden series. Held at the Main Library (800 Vine Street) from April 4 through April 25, as part of the Librarys month-long celebration of poetry, it features Kenneth Koch. One of Americas most widely known and widely loved poets, the Walnut Hills High graduate will make a rare visit to his native city of Cincinnati on Friday, April 13 at 7:00 p.m.
As the author of many poems, plays, fiction, prose on poetry and a series of classic books on teaching poetry, including Wishes, Lies and Dreams: Teaching Children to Write Poetry, Koch has won the Bolligen Prize and numerous other awards. A professor in English and comparative literature at Columbia University and a charter member of the New York School of poets, Kochs poetic imagination appeals to most everyone. His latest books include New Addresses (Knopf, 2000), which was a finalist for the National Book Award, Straits (Knopf, 1998), and The Gold Standard: A Book of Plays (Knopf, 1996).
Those who read it, write it, or lend an ear to it will enjoy the rhythmical language of Poetry in the Garden with its lineup of notable poets. While reading and discussing some of their most inspiring works (Wednesdays through April at 7:00 p.m.), each one brings a unique voice to the Main Library. Programs will also be followed by a book signing. While coinciding with National Poetry Month, this years series sponsored by the Friends of the Public Library, includes:
Cate Marvin and James Reiss
Born in Washington, D.C., Cate Marvin has M.F.A. degrees from the University of Houston (poetry) and the University of Iowa (fiction). Her poems have appeared in such magazines as New England Review, The Antioch Review, The Paris Review, and Ploughshares, among others. Her first book, Worlds Tallest Disaster is forthcoming from Sarabande Books.
James Reiss is the author of four books of poems, most recently, Ten Thousand Good Mornings, from Carnegie-Mellon University Press. He is Professor of English at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, where he is also Editor of the Miami University Press.
John Drury and Dallas Wiebe
John Drury is the author of Creating Poetry (Writers Digest Books, 1991), The Poetry Dictionary (Story Press, 1995), and The Disappearing Town (Miami University Press, 2000). His poems have appeared in The American Poetry Review, The Hudson Review, The New Republic, The Paris Review, Poetry, The Southern Review, Western Humanities Review, and other periodicals. His long poem, Burning the Aspern Papers, won the 1997 Bernard F. Conners Prize for Poetry from The Paris Review. He teaches at the University of Cincinnati and is the editor of The Cincinnati Poetry Review.
A native of Newton, Kansas, Dallas Wiebe holds a Ph.D. (American Literature) from the University of Michigan and taught for 32 years at the University of Cincinnati in the Department of English and in the Creative Writing program before retiring in 1995. His poems have appeared in numerous journals and he has published a book of minimalist poems, The Kansas Poems (1987). He was a founder of The Cincinnati Poetry Review and its editor through its first 24 issues. He has also published two novels and three collections of stories. In 1978, he received the Aga Khan Fiction Prize from The Paris Review and the next year a Pushcart Prize. He was awarded the Ohio Arts Councils Governor Award for Individual Artist in 1998.
Maureen Bloomfield and Robert Hudzik
Maureen Bloomfield has published poems in the Kenyon Review, The Nation, The Paris Review, Partisan Review, Poetry, Shenandoah, Southern Review, and Western Humanities Review. A collection of her work, Error and Angels, appeared in 1997 from the University of South Carolina Press. Her reviews of contemporary art have appeared in Artforum, Dialogue, The New Art Examiner, and Sculpture.
Robert Hudzik is the host of the Poetry in the Garden series and is Manager of the Films & Recordings Center at the Public Library. A chapbook of his work, From the Tree, was published in 1996 (Alms House). His poems have appeared in The Cincinnati Poetry Review, Poet Lore, Poetry, Poetry Northwest, and Slow Loris, among others.
Teen poets will find plenty of rhyme and reason for participating in various workshops, readings, and a contest designed especially for them. During National Poetry Month, the Public Library will host a series of programs to provide another venue for their poetry interests. If youre a teacher interested in helping your students, this series (beginning with a Teen Poetry Contest at the Green Township Branch and ending with Teen Poetry in the Garden at the Main Library) is a great way for them to learn and broaden their horizons. The teen poetry programs, provided through special funding of The Friends of the Public Library, include:
(CONTEST RUNS Sun., April 1 – Sun., April 22)
A Teen Poetry Contest sponsored by the Green Township Branch, 6265 Bridgetown Rd., will be held through April 22. Submit your typed poem thats an original work, along with your name, school and phone number, to the library. A panel of judges consisting of adults and teens from the community will select the winners. Three winners (from grades 6 through 8) and three winners (from grades 9 through 12) will receive prizes. A special Teen Poetry Recognition Night and Open Mic session will be held on Friday, April 27 at 7:00 p.m. at the Green Township Branch. Winners will be notified and can share their poems with others during that evening. Other teen enthusiasts can also share their favorite works via an open microphone. For more information call 513-369-6095.
(POETRY WORKSHOPS - Thurs., April 19 and Thurs., April 26)
Two poetry workshops, The Names of Things: Writing and Performing Poetry, will help instruct teens ages 13-19. Both workshops, led by Dick Hague, Creative Writing Teacher at Purcell Marian High School, will take place on Thursdays from 6:30-8:30 p.m. The first workshop will be held at the Groesbeck Branch, 2994 W. Galbraith Rd., on April 19, phone 513-369-4454. The other will take place at the Hyde Park Branch, 2747 Erie Avenue, on April 26, phone 513-369-4456. Call for advance reservations.
(TEEN POETRY EVENTS at the Main Library on Tues., April 24, Fri., April 27 and Sun., April 29)
Those who attended The Names of Things workshops will come together at the Main Library (Friday, April 27 from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m.) for a rehearsal where they can practice reading their poems. Then on Sunday, April 29 (2:30 p.m.) theyll have the opportunity to share their works before the public during Teen Poetry in the Garden at the Main Library (800 Vine Street).
Teen Poetry Night, which is another evening set aside for teens who enjoy sharing their favorite poems or simply listening to others recite theirs during an open mic session, will be held at the Main Library in the Reading Garden (1st Floor, South Building) on Tuesday, April 24 at 7:00 p.m. For more information call 513-369-6918.
Interpreter available upon request for the hearing impaired. Please call 513-369-6944 [TDD 513-369-6946] at least one week before program.
Information about events at the Main Library and 41 branch libraries is available on the Internet site: www.CincinnatiLibrary.org