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Three Poets Laureate Will Speak at Hennepin County Libraries in April, National Poetry Month
Slams, Contests, Recitations, Spoken Word, Workshop, Films Also Scheduled
Voltaire said, “Poetry is the music of the soul.” Join Minnesota Poet Laureate Joyce Sutphen, St. Paul Poet Laureate Carol Connolly, and Linden Hills Poet Laureate Doug Wilhide for gatherings of live poetry at Hennepin County libraries in April, National Poetry Month.
Also scheduled in April: a teen poetry contest, poetry recitations for all ages, a “First Pages” spring poetry-writing workshop for adults, a “Talk of the Stacks” lecture by Romanian-born poet Andrei Codrescu, a teen poetry slam, poetry films, poetry fun for kids and a community poetry reading led by a spoken word artist.
Joyce Sutphen will speak on April 29 at Hennepin County Library – Maple Grove. Named Minnesota Poet Laureate in 2011, she has published six volumes of poetry, with a seventh due out this year. “Naming the Stars” won a Minnesota Book Award, and “Coming Back to the Body” was a finalist for the award. Her first book, “Straight Out of View,” won the Barnard New Women Poets Prize. Her other books are “Fourteen Sonnets,” “To Sing Along the Way” (co-editor), “First Words,” “House of Possibility” and “After Words.”
“My sense of what I do as a poet is that I pay attention to life and language, make connections, and hope to learn something that I didn’t know before,” Sutphen said. “When I take up pen and paper, I’m always ready to be startled in some sort of revelation — bright or dark; revelations come in as many shades as the weather.”
Carol Connolly will present a poetry reading as part of “Edina Reads” on April 9 at Hennepin County Library – Edina. A poet, journalist and activist, she was appointed St. Paul’s first poet laureate in 2006, a lifetime appointment. Her books of poetry are “Payments Due” and “All This and More.” In 2011, Connolly received the Minnesota Book Awards’ Kay Sexton Award for long-standing dedication to the literary arts in Minnesota. She has written for the St. Paul Pioneer Press, the Star Tribune and other publications, and is founder and co-chair of the Minnesota Women’s Political Caucus. Connolly also founded Readings by Writers, a longtime series held at the University Club.
Doug Wilhide will be the special guest at a poetry event on April 27 at Hennepin County Library – Washburn. He was named poet laureate of Linden Hills, a Minneapolis neighborhood, in 2006; is founder of Trolley Car Press, which publishes unusual books that promote community; and edits community poetry submissions to a newspaper in southwest Minneapolis, the Southwest Journal Poetry Project. Wilhide edited two collections of poems from the project published by Trolley Car Press, “Between the Lakes: The Poets of Linden Hills” and “Seasons: Poems From the Southwest Journal Poetry Project.”
As one of four finalists at the amateur philosophy competition “The 2011 Great American Think-Off,” Wilhide debated the question, “Does Poetry Matter?” He wrote, “Poetry matters because it lets us tell our stories in a clearer, more profound voice than we can manage any other way. That’s why we turn to poetry in moments of celebration — from weddings to inaugural addresses…and in moments of crisis…We have kept the need for a kind of language that works when words might otherwise fail us.”
National Poetry Month events at Hennepin County libraries include the following:
Poetry Lovers Converge
Golden Valley Library
Monday, April 1, 6:30 p.m.
Monday, May 6, 6:30 p.m.
Everyone (kids to teens to seniors!) is invited to read an original or a favorite poem, or just come and listen. In all languages, for all ages and all authors. Bring your friends! 

Teen Poetry Contest
Wayzata Library
April 1–April 20
For teens. Bards, poets and dreamers: drop off or email (bbelanger@hclib.org) two poetic works in any format at Wayzata or Long Lake libraries by April 20. Entries will be displayed at Wayzata Library. One winner will be selected from each grade category: Grades 6-8 and Grades 9-12. All participants will be invited to a reception and optional poetry reading on Monday, May 6, 6:30 p.m., when winners will be officially announced. For details, call 612-543-6150. 
Sponsored by Friends of the Wayzata Library; presented in collaboration with The Bookcase of Wayzata.

Girl Scouts of St. Louis Park: Poetry Reading
St. Louis Park Library
Monday, April 1, 6:30 p.m.
For families. Celebrate National Poetry Month with the St. Louis Park Girl Scouts. The program will feature troop 15022 members reading their favorite works of poetry. Following the reading, children can create a poetry journal of their own. Families and children of all ages are welcome. 
Presented in partnership with St. Louis Park Girl Scouts.
First Pages for Adults: Spring Poetry
Rockford Road Library
Wednesday, April 3, 7–8:30 p.m.
Register online or call 612-543-5875.
The long winter is over and now the world outside is changing. Capture the sights, sounds, smells and tastes of the new season on paper by learning how to write poems inspired by the season. See related materials for further information. Find more by searching the library catalog or Ask Us
This project is funded with money from Minnesota's Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.
Presented in collaboration with The Loft Literary Center.

Talk of the Stacks With Andrei Codrescu
Minneapolis Central Library
Pohlad Hall
Thursday, April 4, 7–8:30 p.m.
Romanian-born poet, novelist, screenwriter and National Public Radio commentator, Codrescu is internationally known for his satiric wit and biting political perspective. He will discuss “life as a writer and 41 years of wrestling the muse” and read from his newest poetry collection, "So Recently Rent a World," which includes 90 poems and dozens of classics. Books will be available for purchase and signing. Seating is first-come, first-served. Doors open at 6:15 p.m.
A program of the Friends of the Hennepin County Library. Presenting sponsor: The Private Client Reserve of U.S. Bank. Additional support: Dorsey and Whitney LLP, MinnPost, Magers and Quinn Booksellers and the Marquette Hotel.

Teen Poetry Slam
Sumner Library
Thursday, April 4, 6–7:30 p.m.
Register online or call 612-543-6875.
Grades 6-12. Calling all teen poets! April is National Poetry Month; end it with a competition reciting your original poetry. Prizes for the top three presenters. Don't forget to bring your audience! 
Sponsored by Friends of the Sumner Library.

Edina Reads: Carol Connolly
Edina Library
Tuesday, April 9, 7–8:30 p.m.
Location: Fireside Room, Edina Senior Center, lower level of the library.
St. Paul Poet Laureate and Kay Sexton Award-winner Carol Connolly will read with Cass Dalglish, a poet, fiction writer and professor of English at Augsburg College and director of Augsburg’s creative writing program.  Their reading is in honor of National Poetry Month.
Sponsored by Friends of the Edina Library, the Edina Community Foundation, Edina Senior Center, Friends of the Hennepin County Library, Edina High School, Edina Community Education and Edina Resource Center.
Poets and Poetry Films
Minneapolis Central Library
Thursday, April 11, 6–7:30 p.m.
Thursday, April 25, 6–7:30 p.m.
Celebrate National Poetry Month. Come to be challenged and inspired by poets and filmmakers defining the genre of poetry films. Both programs include poetry reading and poetry films followed by audience Q&A. Featured guests include Ed Bok Lee and Heid E. Erdrich (April 11) and Morgan Grayce Willow and Jeffrey Skemp (April 25). 

Poetry Fun
Long Lake Library
Saturday, April 13, 10:30–11:15 a.m.
Register online or call 612-543-6425.
Preschool-grade 2. Poetry is in the air. Come enjoy lyrical stories, silly rhymes and hilarious poems from some of the great poets. These fun activities will be sure to inspire audiences of all ages. 
Sponsored by Friends of the Long Lake Library.

Open Mic Poetry Night
Eden Prairie Library
Tuesday, April 23, 7 p.m.
Celebrate National Poetry Month at this popular annual event! Read your own poem, a favorite poem by someone else, or come just to listen. No registration required. 

We Be Poetry!
Sumner Library
Thursday, April 25, 6–7:30 p.m.
Register online or call 612-543-6875.
Spoken word artist Desdamona will lead this fourth annual community poetry reading. Everyone is invited to read one favorite poem – all ages, all languages, all authors. For more information, call 612-543-6875. 
Sponsored by Friends of the Sumner Library.

A Splendid Afternoon for Poetry
Washburn Library
Saturday, April 27, 4–5:30 p.m.
Celebrate National Poetry Month. Share your favorite poems, read your own work. Immerse yourself in the beauty of the spoken word. Poetry resources will be available. Special guest: Doug Wilhide, poet laureate of Linden Hills and Southwest Journal Poetry Project editor. 
Sponsored by Friends of the Washburn Library.

Author Talk: Joyce Sutphen
Maple Grove Library
Monday, April 29, 6:30 p.m.
Join Sutphen, poet laureate of Minnesota, for an evening of live poetry. She also will discuss how poetry enriches lives, and share stories about her role as poet laureate. 
Sponsored by Friends of the Maple Grove Library.

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