library news

April 6, 2021

In addition to National Poetry Month, this is National Library Week, we thought we’d highlight some library-linked poetry news, and, in particular, poetry for young people.

To begin, check out the Seattle Public Library list of recent books of poetry for kids.

From Western Washington University, the Children & Teen Poetry Collection (Poetry CHaT) has a busy lineup of good news. They will be highlighting the Oral History Collection throughout the month, beginning on April 4, 2021, with Naomi Shihab Nye. Other featured poets are Nikki Grimes (April 7), Sara Holbrook/Michael Salinger (April 10), Kwame Alexander (April 13), Marilyn Singer (April 16), Joyce Sidman (April 20), Rebecca Kai Dotlich (April 23), Janet Wong (April 26), and Melissa Sweet (April 29). Look for details on Facebook throughout the month.

In more PoetryCHaT news, the much-celebrated poet and author of children’s poetry books, Jack Prelutsky, has donated his Children’s Antiquarian Poetry Collection worth over $30,000 to PoetryCHaT, with an additional $8,000 for cataloging expenses. This is a treasure trove of children’s poetry, with items that date back to the 1700s, and an enormous resource for scholars. Cataloging of the Jack and Carolynn Prelutksy Manuscript and Rare Book Collection is underway, with a gala to follow as conditions allow.

on poetry

September 8, 2016

Jack Prelutsky“I’m never bored.”
Jack Prelutsky
(b. September 8, 1940)

Today being the birthday of Jack Prelustsky, this seems an auspicious occasion to invite you to join the poet at a special free talk and musical poetry performance on Saturday, October 1, 2016, 4:30pm, in the Wilson Library Reading Room at Western Washington University, Bellingham.

If you grew up enjoying Prelutsky’s humorous and imaginative verse, this is a great opportunity to enjoy his words anew and discover how deeply music is entwined with his poetry. These days, Jack is more likely to appear on a concert stage than in a library or bookstore.

While Jack has been making words rhyme for over 45 years, he began as a folk singer in coffeehouses with aspirations of becoming an operatic tenor. By chance, he took his first poems, descriptions of fanciful creatures, to Susan Hirschman, editor at Macmillan. She suggested that he write about real animals, and with her encouragement, Jack’s first book, A Gopher in the Garden, was published in 1967. Since then he has published more than 70 books of poetry. In 2006, the Poetry Foundation designated Jack Prelutsky as the nation’s first Children’s Poet Laureate.

This special all-ages event is being offered by WWU Western Libraries PoetryCHaT, part of the Children’s Literature Interdisciplinary Collection.
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Poetry Camp!

June 3, 2016

Vardell and Wong

Attention teachers, librarians, writers, parents and poetry lovers! Registration is now open for Poetry Camp (for grown-ups!) — a day about sharing, teaching, and understanding poetry!

On Saturday, October 1, 2016, from 9:30am to 3:30pm at Western Washington University in Bellingham, poetry scholar Sylvia Vardell (above left), poet Janet Wong (above right) and more than thirty poets from The Poetry Friday Anthology series will speak or perform poetry at the conference. Washington State Poet Laureate Tod Marshall will also participate and the day will culminate with a free public performance by guest of honor Jack Prelutsky.

This is an amazing deal. Registration is $60 early bird until June 30, 2016; $75 after July 1, 2016; Students $35. Registration includes a copy of Celebrations Poetry Friday Anthology (Teachers Edition in Spanish and English, a $30 value). Educators can get five clock hours for participation.

For complete details on schedule, workshops, presenters and registration, see the Poetry Camp page at PoetryCHaT.

on poetry

September 8, 2015

Jack Prelutsky
“If you are writing poetry, don’t force rhymes. It’s better to work on what you want to say and create a feeling for the poem than to try to make up things just to make the poem rhyme.”
Jack Prelutsky
(b. September 8, 1940)
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