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Eamon Grennan was born in Dublin in 1941; however, he has lived in the United States for over thirty years and has taught at Vassar College since 1974. Grennan has won numerous awards--among them… continue reading Poet of the Week | Eamon Grennan

By written by Administrator    June 28, 2007   

Tomaž Šalamun was born in Croatia in 1941 and grew up in Slovenia. He is considered to be one of the great postwar Central European poets, believing poetry to be as important or more… continue reading Poet of the Week | Tomaž Šalamun

By written by Administrator    June 21, 2007   

Robert Hass grew up in San Francisco and was a huge fan of the 1950s Bay Area poets, among them Gary Snyder and Allen Ginsburg. In 1973, Hass' book Field Guide was selected by Stanley Kunitz… continue reading Poet of the Week | Robert Hass

By written by Administrator    June 15, 2007   

Octavio Paz Lozano was born in Mexico City in 1914. His father was a journalist involved in Emiliano Zapata's uprisings. In 1938, he helped found the magazine Taller ("Workshop"),… continue reading Poet of the Week | Octavio Paz

By written by Administrator    June 7, 2007   

  Stanley Kunitz was born in Massachusetts in 1905. He attended Harvard University, eventually serving during World War II when his conscientious objector status was denied. After returning… continue reading Poet of the Week | Stanley Kunitz

By written by Administrator    June 1, 2007   

W.B. Yeat's "The Second Coming" was featured prominently in this past Sunday's episode of The Sopranos . Because it is so rare for a poem to appear on pop culture's radar, we… continue reading Poet of the Week | W.B. Yeats

By written by Administrator    May 24, 2007    1

Charles Simic was born in Yugoslavia in 1938 and emigrated with his family to the United States in 1958. He published his first poems in 1959, at the age of 21. In 1961 he was drafted into the… continue reading Poet of the Week | Charles Simic

By written by Administrator    May 18, 2007   

Jorie Graham is one of the most important contemporary poets writing today. Her youth was spent trotting the globe with her journalist father and sculptor mother. She has penned many books of… continue reading Poet of the Week | Jorie Graham

By written by Administrator    May 10, 2007   

John Ashbery has written more than twenty books of poetry and won nearly every major American prize for poetry, including a Pulitzer Prize, a National Book Critics Circle Award, and a National… continue reading Poet of the Week | John Ashbery

By written by Administrator    May 4, 2007    1

May Swenson was born the eldest of ten children in a Swedish-speaking Mormon household in Utah in 1919. She received a bachelor's degree in 1939 from Utah State University and went on to teach… continue reading Poet of the Week | May Swenson

By written by Administrator    April 27, 2007   

Rainer Maria Rilke was born in Prague in 1875. He had an unhappy childhood, forced to attend a military academy by his parents who wanted him to become an officer. An uncle recognized Rilke's… continue reading Poet of the Week | Rainer Maria Rilke

By written by Administrator    April 20, 2007   

Emily Dickinson is considered to be one of the greatest American poets, specifically of the 19th century. Many facts are known about her life, but nuances continue to be shrouded in mystery. She… continue reading Poet of the Week | Emily Dickinson

By written by Administrator    April 13, 2007   

You may have noticed that we here at the Free Library Blog have a thing for poetry. In short, we're all about it. And for us, the fact that April is National Poetry Month sort of makes up for… continue reading National Poetry Month

By written by Administrator    April 2, 2007   

  Peter Meinke is a contemporary author who has penned fourteen books of poems and short stories, and received two National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships, the Flannery O'Connor… continue reading Poet of the Week--Peter Meinke

By written by Administrator    March 30, 2007   

Paul Celan (born Paul Antesche) was born in Romania in 1920. He was raised in a Jewish family speaking Romanian, French, and Russian. When World War II began, his family was deported to the Nazi… continue reading Poet of the Week--Paul Celan

By written by Administrator    March 22, 2007   

James Wright was born in 1927 in Ohio to a family mired in poverty. He joined the army after school and was stationed in Japan. After his service, he went to Kenyon College on the G.I. Bill, and… continue reading Poet of the Week--James Wright

By written by Administrator    March 16, 2007   

Marianne Moore, born in 1887, attended Bryn Mawr College, receiving her B.A. in 1909. In 1915, her poems began to appear alongside those of Ezra Pound, William Carlos Williams, and Hilda Doolittle… continue reading Poet of the Week--Marianne Moore

By written by Administrator    March 8, 2007   

Nikki Giovanni (who will be reading at the Central Library this evening at 8:00 p.m.) is a poet known for her fearless exploration of race, womanhood, family, violence, and God. She attended Fisk… continue reading Poet of the Week--Nikki Giovanni

By written by Administrator    March 1, 2007   

Henry Charles Bukowski was a prolific writer, completing thousands of poems, hundreds of short stories, and six novels during his lifetime. In the Fifties and Sixties, he worked as a letter… continue reading Poet of the Week--Charles Bukowski

By written by Administrator    February 22, 2007   

The Philadelphia Weekly gave the Free Library some love this week (scroll down to read it ). continue reading Poetry Event

By written by Administrator    February 21, 2007