DATE: April 5, 2013
MEDIA CONTACT: Catherine McElrath, Libraries Division
April is National Poetry Month, a celebration of poetry established by the Academy of American Poets. It was created in 1996 to draw attention to the art of poetry, to living poets, to the United States’ complex poetic heritage and to poetry books.
Whether you’re a reader or a writer of poetry or are interested in learning more about the art of verse, Broward County Library will host numerous poetry-related events this month. The Library catalog also offers thousands of poetry titles for all ages and interests, as well as spoken-word CDS, biographies of famous poets, poetry analyses and how-to books for aspiring writers.
Broward County Library Poetry Month Events:
April 16 – Poetry Club Award Ceremony, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., South Regional/Broward College Library, 7300 Pines Blvd., Pembroke Pines, FL 33024 (954-201-8825)
April 17 – Speak Poet! Celebrate National Poetry Month, adults, from 6 to 7:30 p.m., Jan Moran Collier City Library, 2800 N.W. 9th Ct., Pompano Beach, FL 33069 (954-357-7670)
April 22 – Poetry Night with Anastasia Clark, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., Weston Library, 4205 Bonaventure Blvd., Weston, FL 33332 (954-357-5420)
April 27 – Pirate Poetry Workshop, from 2 to 4 p.m., Hallandale Beach Library, 300 S. Federal Hwy., Hallandale Beach, FL 33009 (954-357-6380)
Read a Poem, Be a Poet: Take a free, non-credit, online “Poetry Writing 101” course from Universal Class. All you need is your Broward County Library card to enroll and then take the class online from home at your own pace. Universal Class also offers other writing courses including “Writing the Great American Short Story,” “Writing Improvements 101” and “Creative Writing Workshop.”
Florida Poets and Florida Poetry – Available at Broward County Library:
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