Poetry discussion group

sponsored by Saratoga Springs Public Library
6 PM to 7 PM

Warm up for Open Mic and get to know some fellow poetry lovers as Mary Ann Rockwell of Saratoga Springs Public Library leads a conversation about the work of a particular poet. No advance preparation needed. Poems will be provided. SSPL will also display books from their poetry collection in Lena’s lobby and library card holders will be able to check them out on site.

poetry open mic

hosted by carol graser
sign-up 7 PM / Readings 7:30 – 9:30 pm
Adults $5 / Students Free
  • Two short poems (less than one page) or one longer poem, with a limit of 5 minutes altogether.
  • A featured poet(s) reads for 20 minutes. Featured poets are booked by host Carol Graser. Generally, our features are established, published poets and/or have made significant public contributions to the regional poetry scene.


Wednesday, october 3

Featuring Lance Henson

Poet, Native American activist, and former U.S. Marine Lance Henson was raised on Cheyenne reserved lands in Oklahoma and grew up living the Southern Cheyenne culture. Henson’s poetry is known for its powerful imagery, brevity and universal appeal. It incorporates Cheyenne philosophy and traditions as well as social and political commentary on the modern world. Lance has published 38 books of poetry, half in the U.S. and half abroad. His poetry has been translated into 27 languages and he has read and lectured in 9 countries. His readings include the One World Poetry Festival in Amsterdam, the International Poetry Festival in Tarascon, France, and the Geraldine Dodge Poetry Festival in New Jersey.


Wednesday, november 7

Featuring april bernard

April Bernard’s most recent volume of poems is Brawl & Jag (W.W. Norton, 2016). Her first book, Blackbird Bye Bye (Random House, 1989), was chosen by Amy Clampitt as the winner of the 1989 Walt Whitman Award  from the Academy of American Poets. Her other acclaimed books of poetry include: Romanticism (W. W. Norton, 2009); Swan Electric (2002); Psalms (1995). She has also published two novels and frequently contributes critical essays to The New York Review of Books.  She is Director of Creative Writing at Skidmore College and also teaches in the Bennington MFA in Writing program.