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Poetry Night

CANCELED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE

EVERY 1st WEDNESDAY

Discussion Group & Open Mic

Poetry Night is sponsored by Youth Harbor, a new Saratoga-based non-profit organization that provides space for tweens and teens with mental and emotional challenges to support one another in living creative, healthy lives.

POETRY DISCUSSION GROUP

6 PM TO 7 PM

SPONSORED BY SARATOGA SPRINGS PUBLIC LIBRARY
ALL AGES WELCOME / FREE

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.

This month we’ll look at poems, both rueful and joyful, about leaving an old year and welcoming the new.

POETRY OPEN MIC

SIGN-UP 7 PM / READINGS 7:30 – 9:30 PM

ADULTS $5 / STUDENTS FREE

HOSTED BY CAROL GRASER

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.

Featured Poet

May: Philip Memmer

Philip Memmer is the author of five books of poems, most recently Pantheon (Lost Horse Press 2019). His other collections include The Storehouses of the Snow and Lucifer: A Hagiography, winner of the 2009 Idaho Prize for Poetry. His work has appeared in such journals as Poetry, Poetry Northwest, and Poetry London, in many anthologies, in the Library of Congress’ Poetry 180 project, and in Ted Kooser’s American Life in Poetry column. He is the founder and director of the YMCA’s Downtown Writers Center in Syracuse, NY, and Associate Editor for Tiger Bark Press.  

June: sparrow

Sparrow has been published in the New Yorker, the New York Times, the American Poetry Review, The Sun – and quoted in Vogue! Sparrow is the author of eight books, the most recent being the novel Abraham (Autonomedia). America: A Prophecy is his collected prose. Sparrow plays flutophone in the avuncular pop group Foamola. Follow Sparrow on Twitter: @Sparrow14, and on Facebook (and Instagram): Sparrow X. Carter.

July: Bunkong Tuon

Bunkong Tuon is a Cambodian-American writer, critic, professor, and, most importantly, father. He is the author of Gruel, And So I Was Blessed (both published by NYQ Books), and most recently, The Doctor Will Fix It (Shabda Press) a book of poems about raising his daughter in contemporary America. Nominated for the Pushcart numerous times, his poetry recently won the 2019 Nasiona Nonfiction Poetry Prize. He is an associate professor of English and Asian Studies at Union College in Schenectady, NY.