Tagged Poetry

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…

It's World Poetry Day!

When UNESCO declared March 21 World Poetry Day in 1999, they had in mind building connections through our oral and written traditions and finding commonality among the feelings and questions that make us human. What better way, in this…

10 New Year's Resolutions the Free Library Can Help You Keep!

'Tis the season for goal-setting! You might be feeling merry and motivated right now, but as the year gallops along, don't let your resolve wane. Lean on the Free Library to keep your resolutions! Our mission, of course is to…

Poetry Room: Listening through Reading

"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 fast. I sent it to a few friends, read it…

How Well Do You Know Native American Authors Sherman Alexie and Louise Erdrich?

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 enjoying works by Sherman Alexie and Louise…

Poetry Room: Joy and Grief in Poems

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 and loving them, no matter that they might…

Patti Smith - Anything Is Possible

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 M Train . The book is a bit of a…

The Search for Philadelphia's Next Poet Laureate Is On!

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 Creative Economy, the search is on now…

Poetry Room: Weirdness and Off-the-wall Poems and Poets

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 our last post ?  Let's talk more…

Three Book Award Winners for Children to Check Out

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 your fuzzy best friend. Likewise, if you…

Poets and Poetry: A Monthly Blog Series

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. It's what you feel a little bad…

Edgar Allan Poetry

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 Master of Macabre, the Grand Guignol of…

Apply today to be Philadelphia's next Poet Laureate!

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 know someone who is? Applications are…

Spine Poetry Photo Shoot

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

Preschool Poetry

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 expand children’s imaginations, and…

Philly Slam League

Join Teen Central as we host the 8th season of the Philly Slam League. The Philly Slam League (PSL) is a non-profit organization that hosts poetry teams from Philadelphia-area high schools in a five-month intellectual and artistic…

Philly Slam League

Join Teen Central as we host the 8th season of the Philly Slam League. The Philly Slam League (PSL) is a non-profit organization that hosts poetry teams from Philadelphia-area high schools in a five-month intellectual and artistic…

Philly Slam League

Join Teen Central as we host the 8th season of the Philly Slam League. The Philly Slam League (PSL) is a non-profit organization that hosts poetry teams from Philadelphia-area high schools in a five-month intellectual and artistic…

Philly Slam League

Join Teen Central as we host the 8th season of the Philly Slam League. The Philly Slam League (PSL) is a non-profit organization that hosts poetry teams from Philadelphia-area high schools in a five-month intellectual and artistic…

Philly Slam League

Join Teen Central as we host the 8th season of the Philly Slam League. The Philly Slam League (PSL) is a non-profit organization that hosts poetry teams from Philadelphia-area high schools in a five-month intellectual and artistic…

Jen Sincero | You Are a Badass at Making Money

Jen Sincero is the no. 1 New York Times bestselling author of You Are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life , a sass-filled self-help book for people who want better lives but don’t want to…

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…

Philly Slam League

Join Teen Central as we host the 8th season of the Philly Slam League. The Philly Slam League (PSL) is a non-profit organization that hosts poetry teams from Philadelphia-area high schools in a five-month intellectual and artistic…

Philly Slam League

Join Teen Central as we host the 8th season of the Philly Slam League. The Philly Slam League (PSL) is a non-profit organization that hosts poetry teams from Philadelphia-area high schools in a five-month intellectual and artistic…

Monday Poets | Olga Dugan & Amy Barone

Room 108, 1st Floor, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Olga Dugan is a Cave Canem poet and Lindback Professor of English at Community College of Philadelphia. Her award-winning poems appear or are forthcoming in Typehouse Literary Magazine , Kweli , The…

Philly Slam League

Join Teen Central as we host the 8th season of the Philly Slam League. The Philly Slam League (PSL) is a non-profit organization that hosts poetry teams from Philadelphia-area high schools in a five-month intellectual and artistic…

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,…

Jorie Graham | EVENT CANCELLED

EVENT CANCELLED. A complete refund will be issued to all ticket holders.

Spoken Words Poetry | Spoken Words Performance

Join us for poetry writings workshops and a chance to perform your own work. For ages 12-17. For additional information please call 215-685-1899.

Philly Slam League

Join Teen Central as we host the 8th season of the Philly Slam League. The Philly Slam League (PSL) is a non-profit organization that hosts poetry teams from Philadelphia-area high schools in a five-month intellectual and artistic…

Ian Buruma | A Tokyo Romance: A Memoir

“One of those rare historian-humanists who bridge East and West” ( Wall Street Journal ), Ian Buruma is the author of  The Missionary and the Libertine; Murder in Amsterdam ;  Year Zero: A History of 1945 ;…

Philly Slam League

Join Teen Central as we host the 8th season of the Philly Slam League. The Philly Slam League (PSL) is a non-profit organization that hosts poetry teams from Philadelphia-area high schools in a five-month intellectual and artistic…

Monday Poets | Catherine Staples & Ernest Hilbert

Room 108, 1st Floor, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Catherine Staples is the author of The Rattling Window and Never a Note Forfeit . Her poems and reviews have appeared in Poetry , Kenyon Review, Gettysburg Review, The Southern Review, and The…

Spoken Words Poetry | Writing Workshop

Join us for poetry writings workshops and a chance to perform your own work. For ages 12-17. For additional information please call 215-685-1899.

Philly Slam League

Join Teen Central as we host the 8th season of the Philly Slam League. The Philly Slam League (PSL) is a non-profit organization that hosts poetry teams from Philadelphia-area high schools in a five-month intellectual and artistic…

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

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…