Tagged Poetry

¡Celebremos la Fiesta del Libro en Español!

The love for the Spanish language and culture can transcend frontiers! The stories, poems and illustrations of the books can reflect personal narratives that touch our collective unconsciousness. A team of talented community…

Books and Cooks | Strong Rocks

Books and Cooks, a collaboration between the Parkway Central Library Children’s Department and the Culinary Literacy Center’s Nourishing Literacy team, offers an afterschool series of story read-alouds, cooking ideas,…

Andre’a Rhoads Named the 2021-2022 Philadelphia Youth Poet Laureate

You got some change? Bring it out Don’t just stand there Playing a poor man’s game Change jingles in your pocket Like the dangling shackles Stuck in my ear, hurting my soul — from “Jukebox,” by…

Palestinian Stories in Literature for Young People

by Erin H . and Kayla H. What does it feel like to be a child living through war and displacement? How can young people in the United States learn to develop empathy for young people around the world? How do we explain to our children…

Creative Writing: Discovering Your Inner Voice

I always wanted to explore creative writing! It’s fascinating to understand what tools and mechanisms writers use to craft a story or a poem. Creating with words is an amazing and fun experience! The pandemic gave me the…

One Book, One Philadelphia | Youth in Verse

This year’s One Book, One Philadelphia youth titles are Elizabeth Acevedo’s The Poet X and Hey Black Child by Useni Eugene Perkins—both written in verse. While novels in verse are nothing new, with some of the first…

Celebrate Poetry Month Virtually!

Is it any wonder that April is National Poetry Month ? What a beautiful time of year to be in Philadelphia—a veritable poetry capital, vibrant in the face of challenges—and with April showers and the cherry blossoms in…

Are You Philadelphia’s Next Youth Poet Laureate?

Are you a creative, engaged student who is passionate about writing, reading, performing, and experiencing poetry? Are you equally passionate about working with your peers and other students to bring more poetry to Philadelphia? If so,…

Poetry: The Art of Expression!

A Voice for Peace, Concord, and Harmony: The XV International Poetry Festival in Philadelphia will virtually congregate poets from Latin America and the United States in an evening of verse and music. The Free Library, Acción…

Making Her Mark Spotlight: Poetry and Movement Building

by Suzanna Urminska and Sam Perduta Our words carry power—whether as balm or as burnish, our words have the power to come together to form poetry that recalls and reconnects a range of human experiences both personal and…

So You’re Reading a Poem…

If you’re unfamiliar with poetry, or it’s just been a while since you really sat down and read a poem, we can walk through one together! Here’s a look at some of the tools used by Jericho Brown in his collection The…

Repetition, Rhythm, and Sometimes Rhyme

Ask a teen if they have a favorite poem and the answer may surprise you. Young people are experts in self-expression, and what higher form of self-expression is there than the poem? It probably doesn’t hurt that we introduce…

Healing Verse Philly: a Project from the Poet Laureate

Through the challenges of 2020, one of the abiding sources of relief for many of us has been poetry. More people than ever are looking to the written word for strength, wisdom, and comfort. Even before the pandemic struck, Trapeta B.…

Join Our New YA and Adult Multicultural Book Club!

Are you interested in reading new authors? Are you looking for a safe place to discuss literature and culture? Then this book club is for you! The YA / Adult Multicultural Book Club has a focus on authors of color and expanding cultural…

Monday Poets Turns 25! View Ephemera from Over the Years

The Literature Department at Parkway Central Library is celebrating the 25th year of our flagship program, Monday Poets ! Over the years, the department has hosted poets from all over the country, and has always made it their mission to…

Cydney Brown Named the 2020-2021 Philadelphia Youth Poet Laureate

I still have my whole life ahead of me and I’m not giving up now. You can’t silence my voice. And when you come for one of us We rise up, you give us no choice. — from “Do you ever wonder?” by Cydney Brown,…

Philadelphia is Looking for Its Next Youth Poet Laureate

Are you a creative, engaged student who is passionate about writing, reading, performing, and experiencing poetry? Are you equally passionate about working with your peers and other students to do the same? If so, apply to become our…

Listen to Poetry

As we close out April and National Poetry Month, while many of us are in slow-down mode and many others of us are working extremely hard, let’s give ourselves a moment to pause and breathe and hear something good.  You may…

Enjoy Poetry from Home with the Free Library!

Did you know that April is National Poetry Month ? With over 100 styles of poetry, it might feel overwhelming to actually write a poem! There are sonnets, haikus, limericks, acrostic, cinquians, couplets, and so much more!…

Celebrating National Poetry Month!

April is National Poetry Month , and every year I immediately think of my favorite poet, Langston Hughes. Many of his poems have been made into picture books with beautiful illustrations, but what about the man himself? Of course there…

Monday Poets

One of the longest continuously running FLP progams, now in its 27th year, the Monday Poets Reading Series showcases a variety of talented poets with local and national reputations.  Save the date for the fall season!

Monday Poets

One of the longest continuously running FLP progams, now in its 27th year, the Monday Poets Reading Series showcases a variety of talented poets with local and national reputations.  Save the date for the fall season!

VIRTUAL - Honorée Fanonne Jeffers | The Love Songs of W.E.B. Du Bois with Kevin Young | Stones

REGISTER Honorée Fanonne Jeffers is the author of five poetry collections, including The Gospel of Barbecue , Red Clay Suite , and T he Age of Phillis , which was longlisted for the 2020 National Book Award for Poetry and won a…

Monday Poets: Sham-e-Ali & Vasiliki Katsaru

One of the longest continuously running FLP progams, now in its 27th year, the Monday Poets Reading Series showcases a variety of talented poets with local and national reputations.  Tickets at: sham-vasiliki.eventbrite.com  .…

Speculative Kitchens: a Fiction Workshop

Empty shelves at stores, emotional eating, shifts in food sourcing, and rediscovery of home kitchens...the pandemic created situations that have altered our relationship with food in some thought-provoking ways. Many of these…

Alice Dunbar-Nelson

Free Library resources in support of the Rosenbach's Digital Exhibition: "I Am an American!" The Authorship and Activism of Alice Dunbar-Nelson

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

LitFinder *

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…

Gale Literary Sources (formerly Artemis)

Cross-search all of Gale’s literature databases from a single digital space to find biographies, primary sources, contextual reference, and criticism. Includes Dictionary of Literary Biography, Something About the Author, LitFinder,…

Rita Dove | Playlist for the Apocalypse: Poems

In conversation Trapeta Mayson, Philadelphia Poet Laureate Former United States Poet Laureate Rita Dove won the 1987 Pulitzer Prize for Thomas and Beulah , a semi-fictional collection of verse that examined the lives of her…

Camille T. Dungy, Gregory Pardlo and Joshua Bennett | There’s A Revolution Outside, My Love: Letters from a Crisis

In conversation Trapeta Mayson, Philadelphia Poet Laureate A reflection of the heartrending turmoils of racial injustice and brutality against Black Americans amidst the fear and uncertainty of a pandemic,  There’s a Revolution Outside,…

Yusef Komunyakaa |  Everyday Mojo Songs of Earth: New and Selected Poems, 2001–2021

Yusef Komunyakaa won the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry for Neon Vernacular , a collection of poems that spoke about the realities of the Vietnam War, of which he was a veteran. His other collections include Warhorses , Taboo , and The…

Natalie Diaz | Postcolonial Love Poem with Denice Frohman

Natalie Diaz is the author of When My Brother Was an Aztec , an “ambitious . . . beautiful” ( New York Times ) American Book Award–winning poetry collection that ruminates on her sibling’s drug addiction. A former professional…

Sonia Sanchez | Collected Poems

In conversation with M. Nzadi Keita, Poet-in-Residence, Associate Professor; co-coordinator, African-American/Africana Studies at Ursinus College, and author of Brief Evidence of Heaven: Poems from the life of Anna Murray Douglass…

Hala Alyan | The Arsonists’ City

In conversation with Alix Gerz, Vice President of Communications, Free Library of Philadelphia Hala Alyan’s novel  Salt Houses , a “heart-wrenching, lyrical and timely” ( Dallas Morning News ) study of three generations in a Palestinian…

Nikki Giovanni | Make Me Rain

One of America’s most celebrated poets, the “outspoken, prolific, energetic” ( New York Times ) Nikki Giovanni is the author of numerous collections of poetry including  Acolytes ;  Black Feeling, Black Talk, Black Judgment ; and …

Saeed Jones | How We Fight for Our Lives with Clifford Thompson | What It Is: Race, Family, and One Thinking Black Man’s Blues

Saeed Jones is the author of the “hard and glaring and brilliant” ( NPR Book Review ) poetry collection Prelude to Bruise , winner of the 2015 Stonewall Book Award/Barbara Gittings Literature Award. He is also the co-host of BuzzFeed’s…

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…

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

In conversation with Beth Kephart, the award-winning author of twenty-four books, including Going Over , Handling the Truth: On the Writing of Memoir , and Flow: The Life and Times of Philadelphia’s Schuylkill River . “An unflinching…

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…

Ha Jin | The Banished Immortal: A Life of Li Bai (Li Po)

In conversation with Carlin Romano , Critic-at-Large, The Chronicle of Higher Education , former literary critic The Philadelphia Inquirer and author of America the Philosophical . Celebrated internationally for a prolific, “achingly…

Gregory Pardlo | Air Traffic: A Memoir of Ambition and Manhood in America with Kevin Young | Brown: Poems

“Intensely personal … funny and poignant” ( New York Times) , Gregory Pardlo’s poetry collection Digest won the 2015 Pulitzer Prize. An out-of-nowhere coup for the relatively unknown Columbia University MFA student and teacher, it was…

Leslie Jamison | The Recovering: Intoxication and Its Aftermath

In conversation with Marty Moss-Coane, host of Radio Times on WHYY Leslie Jamison is the author of the bestselling essay collection The Empathy Exams , a personal and probing look at pain and how we understand others’ suffering, praised…

Tracy K. Smith | Wade in the Water: Poems

The United States Poet Laureate, Tracy K. Smith is the author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning Life on Mars , a “strange and beautiful” book of verse that “pulses with America’s adolescent crush on the impossible, on what waits beyond the…

One Book, One Philadelphia Finale with Jacqueline Woodson

The One Book  Finale will feature an interview with Jacqueline Woodson and Tamala Edwards, 6ABC Action News Co-Anchor.  The program will also feature a celebration of the poetry and music found in Another Brooklyn, with performances of…

Patrisse Khan-Cullors and asha bandele | When They Call You a Terrorist: A Black Lives Matter Memoir

Watch the video here . In conversation with Marc Lamont Hill , Steve Charles Chair in Media, Cities and Solutions at Temple University, and author of  Nobody: Casualties of America's War on the Vulnerable, from Ferguson to Flint and…

One Book, One Philadelphia Kickoff Event | Featuring Jacqueline Woodson and a Performance by Yolanda Wisher and The Afroeaters

Watch the video here . Join featured author Jacqueline Woodson for an evening of conversation, reading, and performance. In conversation with WHYY's Katie Colaneri, Ms. Woodson will discuss identity, shifting cultural landscapes, and…

Loudon Wainwright III | Liner Notes: On Parents & Children, Exes and Excess, Death & Decay, & a Few of My Other Favorite Things with Eileen Myles | Afterglow (a dog memoir)

Watch the video here . With a career spanning four decades, 26 studio albums, and untold scores of concerts, Loudon Wainwright III is one of the world’s most loved singer-songwriters. A prolific actor in a variety of television and…

Yaa Gyasi | Homegoing with Kei Miller | Augustown

Watch the video here . Yaa Gyasi’s breakout debut novel Homegoing , a multigenerational tale that “brims with compassion” ( NPR Books ), follows two half-sisters on opposite sides of the 18th-century Ghanaian slave trade and their…

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…