Spring poetry festival at the Southborough Library

Above: Ian Williams is one of several local poets who will take part in the Southborough Library’s Spring Poetry Festival (Photo from www.ian-williams.ca)

You can learn to write poetry, attend poetry readings, and enjoy a British tea at the Southborough Library this month and next as part of the library’s Spring Poetry Festival. All events are free and open to the public.

Poetry-writing workshops: Thursday, April 21 and Thursday, May 5
Thursday, April 21, 3:00 – 4:00 pm: Eco-Poetry, for teens and adults, a study of poems about the environment and this world we live in.

Thursday, May 5, 10:00 am: Ekphrastic Poetry, a study of poetry and visual art

The workshops will be led by Southborough resident and poet, Anna Catone, whose poems have appeared in the Boston Review, Caketrain, Commonweal, Post Road and elsewhere. She holds an MFA from Sarah Lawrence College, an MA from the Bread Loaf School of English at Middlebury College and an undergraduate degree from Princeton University. She is a poetry editor at The Cortland Review.

Poetry Reading by Ian Williams: Wednesday, April 27, 7:00 pm
Fitchburg State College professor Ian Williams came to the library last year and impressed all with his talent. Dr. Williams is the author of a book of poems, You Know Who You Are, and a collection of short stories, Not Anyone’s Anything. His writing has appeared in Arc, Contemporary Verse 2, jubilat, The Antigonish Review, Matrix Magazine and elsewhere. This is a literary evening you won’t want to miss.

Daughters of the British Empire Tea Party: Thursday, April 28, 4:00 pm
Join the Daughters of the British Empire (DRE) for a Tea Party event, with readings from the English poets read by these British women. In honor of the upcoming royal wedding, we’ll feature Poetry and Royalty! There is a $5.00 free-will donation request at this event, proceeds of which will be divided among the Southborough Library Fund and the DRE charities.

Poetry Reading with Anna Catone: Thursday, May 12, 7:00 pm
Anna Catone, the library’s Poet-in-Residence, will preside over a reading of poetry, “My Favorite Poem.” Plan to join us and bring in a poem you love and share it with the group. You can read it, or have another read the poem for you. There will be a discussion of poetry we love.

Visiting poets are being funded through a grant from the Southborough Local Cultural Arts Council.

Please call the library (508-485-5031) for more information, or to register for any event. Take advantage of this great learning opportunity at the Southborough Public Library. Check on line at the library’s web site (www.southboroughlib.org) for a calendar of events and for more details about the Spring Poetry Festival at the Southborough Library.

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