April is poetry month at Albert Wisner Public Library


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  • Mary Makofske




  • Donna Spector




  • Howard Horowitz




WARWICK — National Poetry Month was inaugurated by the Academy of American Poets in 1996. Over the years, it has become the largest literary celebration in the world with schools, publishers, libraries, booksellers, and poets celebrating poetry’s vital place in our culture. The Albert Wisner Public Library will join the celebration by presenting two poetry programs in April.

April 15 at 2 p.m.: Three Warwick poets

Mary Makofske, Donna Spector and Howard Horowitz will read poems celebrating Earth Day, Poetry Month, family and geography.

An open reading will follow (limit one or two poems).

• Mary Makofske’s latest books are "World Enough, and Time" (Kelsay, 2017) and "Traction" (Ashland, 2011), winner of the Richard Snyder Prize. Her poems have appeared in journals nationally and internationally, and in eighteen anthologies. In 2017, she won the Atlanta Review International Poetry Prize and the New Millennium Prize.

• Donna Spector: off Broadway play "Golden Ladder" (Women Playwrights: The Best Plays of 2002); Masters Poetry Prize; second prize winner in Ginsberg Poetry Awards; "The Woman Who Married Herself" (Evening Street Press) Sinclair Poetry Prize finalist; "Two Worlds" (Aldrich Press); two National Endowment for the Humanities grants to study in Greece.

• Howard Horowitz is a poet, geographer, and environmental activist. He has taught natural resources courses at Ramapo College since 1982; before that, he was at the U.S. EPA, and worked on forestry contracts in the American West. In addition to a book of tree planting poems, he has been writing a growing number of wordmaps - poems in the form of maps.

April 24 from 2 to 4 p.m.: Favorite poem reading

Do you love Shakespeare’s sonnets? Ferlinghetti’s free-wheeling poems? The elusive Emily Dickinson? Maya Angelou, Billy Collins, Robert Frost, Edna St. Vincent Millay, Odgen Nash, Sylvia Plath, Marge Piercy, and all the many others—what poet has gifted you with your favorite poem?

Come to this Poetry Month celebration to share a poem that has enriched your life or helped you though a difficult time.

This reading is a marvelous way to discover new poems, as well as share your own favorites. Drop in for a while, or stay for the entire program. Any poem or poems (not your own) you can read in three minutes or so.

This event is based on the Favorite Poem Project originally instituted by the Library of Congress.

Light refreshments will be served.





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