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"How to Triumph Like a Girl" , a poem by the dynamic Ada Limón , won’t get out of my head (and I don’t want it to). I read it the day after the election and it stuck… continue reading Poetry Room: Listening through Reading

By written by Autumn M.    November 28, 2016    1

It’s National Native American Heritage Month and the Free Library of Philadelphia is celebrating by reading books by authors who write about their Native heritage. We’re especially… continue reading How Well Do You Know Native American Authors Sherman Alexie and Louise Erdrich?

By written by Becky F.    November 8, 2016    1

I wrote an essay for an anthology by poets on poetry a couple of years ago about owning one’s subject matter, taking responsibility for the themes that continually crop up, and stewarding… continue reading Poetry Room: Joy and Grief in Poems

By written by Autumn M.    December 31, 2015    1

Patti Smith —poet, punk, and provocateur all rolled into one scorching soul, will be appearing at the Free Library this evening for a waaaaaaaay sold out Author Event to discuss her new book… continue reading Patti Smith - Anything Is Possible

By written by Peter SM    November 6, 2015   

For this installment of the Poetry Room, we're going to shift to the local. Philadelphia is looking for its next Poet Laureate ! Supported via the Mayor's Office of Arts, Culture, and the… continue reading The Search for Philadelphia's Next Poet Laureate Is On!

By written by Autumn M.    September 30, 2015    6

Welcome to Poetry Room blog post #2. Remember the whole “poetry is weird and difficult and often written with seemingly hidden clues designed to stymie the average reader” theme from… continue reading Poetry Room: Weirdness and Off-the-wall Poems and Poets

By written by Autumn M.    August 18, 2015    2

Three Award Winners to Check Out You might ask your dentist to recommend a good toothpaste, buy a sneaker endorsed by a professional basketball player or pick a veterinarian-approved pet food for… continue reading Three Book Award Winners for Children to Check Out

By written by Sarah S.    August 10, 2015   

Poetry is weird. It's that dull thing about a lark or a road your high school teacher made you memorize. It's a bunch of words strung together in such a way to make you feel not-so-bright.… continue reading Poets and Poetry: A Monthly Blog Series

By written by Autumn M.    July 15, 2015    3

Looking out the window across the city on a rainy and dreary day, my mind always turns to Poe. What better author to shine a creepy candlelight on at this time of year than Edgar Allan Poe ? The… continue reading Edgar Allan Poetry

By written by Peter SM    October 11, 2013   

The search for the next Poet Laureate for the City of Philadelphia is on! Are you an enthusiastic, established poet who lives in the city and wishes to be an ambassador for the art form? Do you… continue reading Apply today to be Philadelphia's next Poet Laureate!

By written by Autumn M.    September 5, 2013    1

Teen Tuesday celebrated National Poetry Month with a Spine Poetry Photo Shoot. Let's see your spine poems!   continue reading Spine Poetry Photo Shoot

By written by Aurora S.    April 29, 2013   

April is National Poetry Month! Sharing poems and songs with your preschool-aged children helps get them ready to read. Nursery rhymes and nonsense verse are especially great in the way they… continue reading Preschool Poetry

By written by Sarah S.    April 8, 2013    2

Every year, teen poets and spoken word artists come together to blow us away with their words and performances-- Teen Poetry Slam returns to the Free Library on Friday, April 5! If you’re… continue reading Teen Poetry Slam!

By written by Daniel S.    March 5, 2013   

 Although it may seem like every day brings a new national or international holiday to celebrate, today, March 21, is particularly noteworthy (and comes with UNESCO's seal of approval):… continue reading Happy World Poetry Day!

By written by Grace R.    March 21, 2012   

Whether it's classic poems and literature, ties to Philadelphia, spooky undertones, or a great performance that interests you, the Free Library of Philadelphia's celebration of Edgar Allan… continue reading Happy Birthday to You, Dear Edgar

By written by Administrator    December 29, 2008    13

What better day than October 1, the first of a celebrated spooky month, to open an exhibition on the oft-macabre writer, Edgar Allan Poe? Parkway Central Library’s Rare Book Department is… continue reading Rare Book Department Celebrates Edgar Allan Poe

By written by Administrator    October 2, 2008    3

Thankless too for peace, (Peace long preserved by fleets and perilous seas) Secure from actual warfare, we have loved To swell the war-whoop, passionate for war! from "Fears in Solitude"… continue reading This Means War . . . Poetry

By written by Administrator    November 7, 2007   

William Stafford was born in Kansas in 1914. He attended the Universities of Kansas and Iowa. He was a conscientious objector during World War II and worked in the alternative service camps. He… continue reading Poet of the Week | William Stafford

By written by Administrator    September 13, 2007   

Natasha Trethewey was born in 1966 in Gulfport, Mississippi. She earned an M.A. in English and creative writing from Hollins University, and an M.F.A. in poetry from the University of… continue reading Poet of the Week | Natasha Trethewey

By written by Administrator    September 6, 2007   

Walt Whitman, one of the most famous American poets in the canon, was born in 1819. When he was 12, he started training to be a printer, which prompted him to read the works of Homer, Dante, and… continue reading Poet of the Week | Walt Whitman

By written by Administrator    August 31, 2007