National Poetry Month (April)

poetryThis year marks the 20th anniversary of National Poetry Month, which was inaugurated by the Academy of American Poets in 1996. Since then, National Poetry Month has become the largest literary celebration in the world celebrating poetry’s vital place in our culture.

Discover your inner poet with activities and displays throughout the library, and join us for an inspiring performance by Chris Lee and Colleen O’Brien of PoetryMusic on April 30 at 1pm.

"Where Words and Music Meet"
Colleen O'Brien - voice / cello
Chris Lee - vibes / percussion

PoetryMusic is a chamber jazz duo dedicated to performing poems that have been set to music, music that has been set to poems, and music by some well known writers who were also accomplished composers.

This multi-media performance includes an accompanying slide presentation with each poem projected on the screen along with photographic images so that the audience can follow the written word with the poem being sung. Following the program, they open the floor up to questions, comments and discussion.

"A delightful meeting of music and poetry ranging from Shakespeare to Robert Frost and Maya Angelou. In the tradition of the classical art song, where composers wrote music for the poetry to be sung, the chamber jazz duo PoetryMusic combines poetry, exquisite music and visual images for a truly unique multi-media experience."

"....the audience was transfixed.  We all felt we experienced something very special and unique.  The music and performance revealed new layers of meaning for the chosen poetry and literature.  What a remarkable fusion of literature and music.“