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By LeAnn Kunz | Apr 09, 2018

We’ve been talking a lot about poetry this month here at the library. That is because April is National Poetry Month, a month that was inaugurated by the Academy of American Poets in 1996. Over the years, it has become the largest literary celebration in the world with libraries, schools, publishers, booksellers, and poets celebrating poetry’s place in our culture. We are hosting two events at the Washington Public Library in celebration of poetry. On Thursday, April 12 at 12 p.m., the public is invited to attend Noontime Poetry, a reading by three poets from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop.

Strummer Hoffston is a poet living in Iowa City. She is the recipient of fellowships from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, where she completed her MFA in 2017. She teaches creative writing and pop culture at the University of Iowa. Her poems have appeared in Salt Hill, Per Contra, Across the Margin, and Epiphany, where she was winner of the Epiphany Magazine Spring Contest judged by Vijay Seshadri.

Jonathan William Stout is an adjunct faculty member in the Rhetoric Department at the University of Iowa. J.W. received a B.A. from Pacific Lutheran University and an MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. Poems can be found, or are forthcoming, in Prelude, Iowa Review Online, Poetry is Dead, Tulane Review, Omniverse, Canada Quarterly, Horsethief, and elsewhere.

Jane Huffman is a third-year fellow at the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop, where she completed her MFA in poetry in 2017. Recent poems and essays are featured or forthcoming in phoebe, Ninth Letter, New South, FIELD, American Chordata, muzzle, Typo, Third Coast, Witness, and elsewhere. She is co-founder/editor-in-chief of Guesthouse, a new literary journal.

These artists are brought to our community through the University’s Arts Share program. Their goal is to “strengthen the arts and provide access to life-enriching arts experiences throughout Iowa and beyond.” The Washington Public Library regularly collaborates with them to bring writers of all genres to the monthly Washington Writers’ Workshop, as well as musicians for our noontime concert series.

The library will also be hosting a Teen Poetry Slam on Friday, April 13, at 4 p.m. Registration is required and teens are invited to perform an original piece on any subject in a relaxed setting. In addition the Velcro Poetry board is up in the teen reading lounge for on-the-spot poetry creation! Please join us in keeping the age-old tradition of poetry alive by attending one of these free events at your library.

Also a quick reminder to join us for Brown Bags & Books on Tuesday, April 10, at noon. You will be listening to an exciting and harrowing account of two young Canadian climbers talking about a particularly challenging British Columbia peak. The second story told is a bittersweet but sympathetic tale that all listeners will enjoy.

These are the new materials available at the library this week.

Adult Fiction

Call Me By Your Name by Andre Aciman

I’ve Got My Eyes on You by Mary Higgins Clark

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

The Cutting Edge by Jeffery Deaver

The Woman Left Behind by Linda Howard

We Were The Lucky Ones by Georgia Hunter

An American Marriage by Tayari Jones

The Road Home by Beverly Lewis

Red Sparrow by Jason Matthews

Rise & Shine Benedict Stone by Phaedra Patrick

A Nantucket Wedding by Nancy Thayer

Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward

Adult Nonfiction

Women and Power by Mary Beard

Everything Happens For a Room by Kate Bowler

The Creative Tarot by Jessa Crispin

By Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert

The Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning by Margareta Magnusson

12 Rules For Life by Jordan B. Peterson

Bring It! by Ali Rosen

DIY Rules For a WTF World by Krista Suh


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