Tagged Poetry

The Poets of WW1

As long as there has been war, there’s been writing about war, whether in poetry or prose, exploring not only its glory and valor but its brutality and cost. "The Great War" — what we now call World War I—as…

Spanglish Se Habla Aquí

With an estimated 62 million Spanish speakers  residing in the US, the United States now has the second largest Spanish-speaking population in the world after Mexico. But for many bilingual Americans, their preferred everyday…

Poetry Is Hot – Again!

Today, it seems that more Americans than ever before are writing poetry, participating in poetry slams, and entering poetry contests. But as we dive (back?) into poetry and draw inspiration from the great poets of yesteryear, it seems…

Introducing Philadelphia’s Next Youth Poet Laureate...

If you are looking for the future of poetry, look in Philadelphia. Young people in this city love poetry— writing it , reading it , and performing it on stage . Even as poetry readership is rising across the country, there is a…

Teens Explore Social Justice at the Free Library

by Timmy Lawrence and Geneva Williams, members of the Youth Planning Committee for the 2018 Social Justice Symposium for Teens. Today, more than ever, social issues have reached a pivotal point in our society. Although injustice may…

Art, Gardens, and Stories: Making Philadelphia Home

[ Editor's note: We librarians offer literally thousands of programs every year. It's a special thrill to get formal feedback from our audiences. We can't publish every review we get, but we're overjoyed to have gotten…

YAWP! Happy 199th birthday, Walt Whitman

At the end of the film Dead Poets Society , the students who loved their professor, Mr. Keating (played by Robin Williams ), stand up on their desks and proclaim, "O Captain, My Captain" as a sign of allegiance and respect.…

Passion = Poetry: Be the Next Youth Poet Laureate!

There’s something about writing poetry that sparks the need to shape the community around us. It inspires us to engage with others, it encourages reflection—and it incites change. Maybe conveying some larger truth within a…

Embrace the Sacred and Interstellar Through the Art and Poetry of Stellar Masses

Yolanda Wisher is back! She left us in 2017 as the first Poet Laureate since the Free Library assumed responsibility for nurturing our city's chief word smith. On May 9, 2018 at 6:30 p.m., she's returning as curator with…

Young Adult Novels in Verse

April is National Poetry Month ! I know what you are thinking—poetry is something assigned to you by a teacher and you kind of understand what the author is saying but maybe not really? Maybe the books you were assigned were a…

A Voice for Peace, Concord, and Harmony: XII International Poetry Festival in Philadelphia

The Parkway Central Library will present A Voice for Peace, Concord, and Harmony: XII International Poetry Festival in Philadelphia during the global celebration of poetry in the month of lyric and love, May. This event will…

Celebrate National Poetry Month

It’s April, everyone, and you know what that means – it’s National Poetry Month ! Each year, the Academy of American Poets "highlights the extraordinary legacy and ongoing achievement of American poets" by…

Teen Central hosts the Philly Slam League for Poetry!

Through May, the Teen Center is partnering with the Philly Slam League  to host its 8th season at Parkway Central Library . The program will draw hundreds of teens and their supporters from week to week to host a friendly and…

Discoveries from the Fleisher Collection: Mahler and Voices

Saturday, March 3, 2018, 5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Gustav Mahler (1860–1911). Kindertotenlieder (1901–1904) Mahler . Des Knaben Wunderhorn , excerpts (1892–1899) It’s been said that Edwin Fleisher did not like…

The Free Library Announces Philadelphia's Next Poet Laureate

The Free Library's Center for Public Life is thrilled to announce the 2018–2019 Philadelphia Poet Laureate— Raquel Salas Rivera , a Puerto Rican poet and translator who writes in both English and Spanish. Raquel…

"Vines": A Poem About Libraries by Philadelphia Poet Laureate, Yolanda Wisher

In celebration of the reopenings of our four new 21st Century Libraries , Yolanda Wisher — Philadelphia’s 2016–2017 Poet Laureate —penned an original poem. She read this work in advance of the ribbon cutting at…

The 22nd Season of Our Monday Poets Reading Series Begins in October

The Monday Poets Reading Series at the Free Library started as a reading group of local poets 22 years ago, sponsored by the Literature Department, and it is now a hallmark program of the Free Library’s new Center for Public…

The Free Library Welcomes the Philadelphia Poet Laureate Program

We didn’t think we could love poetry any more than we already do here at the Free Library … but we were wrong. The City of Philadelphia Poet Laureate program —which has flourished in the five years since it was…

Are You the Poetry 'Type'?

What if an entire community wrote one line each on a vintage Underwood Typewriter to create a really, really, long poem? Would it bring world peace? Would love abound? Would we become a united nation?  One can hope, right? On April…

There's Poetry Everywhere!

Imagine this: Your friends, and your associates, and the people around you, and the environment that you live in, and the speakers around you, and the communicators around you are the poetry makers. If your mother tells you stories, she…

Moonstone Poetry Presents: New Voices: Philadelphia’s Emerging Poets

A voice for everyone, listen, share, and connect with other writers. Join us for readings by emerging poets under the age of 25. An open reading follows the featured poets.  

Moonstone Poetry Presents: New Voices: Philadelphia’s Emerging Poets

A voice for everyone, listen, share, and connect with other writers. Join us for readings by emerging poets under the age of 25. An open reading follows the featured poets.  

Monday Poets | “Whitman @ 200: Art and Democracy, featuring Leonard Gontarek and poets from the Poetry in Common Workshop.”

Walt Whitman's poetry spanned 19th century American life, and it is fitting that a bridge that crosses the Delaware river connecting Philadelphia and Camden, where he spent the last eighteen years of his life, is named for him.…

Moonstone Poetry Presents: New Voices: Philadelphia’s Emerging Poets

A voice for everyone, listen, share, and connect with other writers. Join us for readings by emerging poets under the age of 25. An open reading follows the featured poets.  

Richard Blanco | How to Love a Country: Poems

Richard Blanco made history four times at Barack Obama’s second presidential inauguration: He was the first immigrant, the first Latino, the youngest person, and the first openly gay person to be the U.S. inaugural poet. Exploring…

Poetry Reading

Celebrate Poetry Month with a reading by award winning poet and South Philly native, Maria Famà. Famà has written seven books of poetry, co-founded a video production company, recorded her poetry in CD compilations of…

Author Talk: Scott Edward Anderson

  A sequence of poems and prose questions, Dwelling: an ecopoem began as a conversation with Martin Heidegger’s essay “Building Dwelling Thinking” and became an expansive journey into the notion of home. With…

Carolyn Forché | What You Have Heard Is True: A Memoir of Witness and Resistance

“An unflinching witness and eloquent mourner” ( The New Yorker ), Carolyn Forché is the author of the poetry collections Blue Hour , The Angel of History , The Country Between Us , and Gathering the Tribes . For this…

Moonstone Poetry Presents: New Voices: Philadelphia’s Emerging Poets

A voice for everyone, listen, share, and connect with other writers. Join us for readings by emerging poets under the age of 25. An open reading follows the featured poets.  

Monday Poets| Fran Baird & Nausheen Eusuf

FRAN BAIRD studied with David Ignatow in the 1980s and more recently at the Antioch Writers’ Workshop with Cathy Smith Bowers, John Drury and Jamey Dunham. He was nominated for a Pushcart prize in 2009 for his poem…

Moonstone Poetry Presents: New Voices: Philadelphia’s Emerging Poets

A voice for everyone, listen, share, and connect with other writers. Join us for readings by emerging poets under the age of 25. An open reading follows the featured poets.  

Valentine’s Day Open Mic Poetry Readings

“The course of true love never did run smooth.”   From Shakespeare, Lord Byron, Pablo Neruda, Langston Hughes, and more, we’re celebrating the greatest love poets from around the world on the most romantic…

Monday Poets| Vernita Hall

VERNITA HALL is the author of Where William Walked (Willow Books), winner of the Willow Books Grand Prize for Poetry, and of the Robert Creeley Prize from Marsh Hawk Press. Her book   The Hitchhiking Robot Learns About…

Feminista Jones | Reclaiming Our Space: How Black Feminists Are Changing the World from the Tweets to the Streets with DaMaris B. Hill | A Bound Woman is a Dangerous Thing

Social worker, public speaker, community activist, and blogger Feminista Jones is the author of the novel Push the Button and the poetry collection The Secret of Sugar Water . She was named one of the 100 Most Influential People in…

Winter Haiku and Poem Contest

Come write a Haiku or Poem about Winter ANYTHING! Top three poems will be given a prize!

Burns Night at The Rosenbach

Celebrate the Bard of Ayrshire, Robert Burns, with a raucous evening of readings, music, and whisky!  This event is for ages 21 and up. A whisky tasting will be included with admission. Seating is limited, and advance…

Poetry - Poets on Film

Documentaries about poets and fictional films based on their lives or featuring their poetry.

Poetry in Translation

Take pleasure in reading poets from other languages and cultures.

Poetry - Novels in Verse

Poetry with special appeal for tweens and teens.

Poetry - Haiku

A poetry form which transcends its traditional roots.

Poetry - Great Contemporary Poetry

Selections from the Literature Department.

Poetry - Children's Poetry for Everyone

The young and the young at heart will relish children’s poetry for all ages.

Poetry - New Poetry for Children

Enjoy new poetry books for children

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Discover literature content from more than 150,000 full-text poems, 840,000 poem citations and excerpts, 7,100 full-text short stories and novels, 3,800 full-text essays published in the 16th-20th centuries, 2,400 full-text speeches, and…

Poetry

Poetry in all its forms including classic selections from our Literature Department, Haikus, poetry for children, and poetry with special appeal for tweens and teens. Read poets from diverse cultures and in other languages, as well as…