To celebrate National Poetry Month, Youth Services staff will read a different poem every day to callers over the phone. Call often to build phone literacy skills and develop an appreciation for poetry. Call (609) 924-9529, ext. 1240, and ask to hear the poem of the day.

Evening of Poetry with Michael Dickman and Nomi Stone

April 9, 2019, 6:00 p.m., Labyrinth Books

An evening of poetry to celebrate two important new collections: Michael Dickman’s Days & Days and Nomi Stone’s Kill Class.

PEFF: “Elephant Path” Wednesday, April 10, 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm

This film is an indelible tale of friendship and commitment set against the luminous beauty of the Central African Rainforest. Together, elephant behavioral biologist, Andrea Turkalo, and indigenous tracker, Sessely Bernard, are tested by the realities of war and the limits of hope for the majestic animals they have committed their lives to study and protect.

OFFSITE: Room 104 Computer Science Building, Princeton University

Library Live at Labyrinth: Jane Sherron De Hart: “Ruth Bader Ginsburg: A Life”

Wednesday, April 10, 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Written with the cooperation Ginsburg, and based on many interviews with the justice, her husband, her children, her friends and her associates, the comprehensive, revelatory biography explores the central experiences that crucially shaped Ginsburg’s passion for justice, her advocacy for gender equality and her meticulous jurisprudence: her desire to make We the People more united and our union more perfect.

Intermediate Poetry Workshop, Thursday, April 11, 10:30 am – 12:00 pm

This four-session workshop, conducted by Dara-Lyn Shrager, is open to adults with prior writing experience and is limited to 10 participants.  Subsequent sessions are on April 11, 18 and 25.  Registration is required and can be completed below.

During the workshop, poetry basics will be reviewed and creating and sustaining tension in a poem will be covered.  In the first session, participants will write the first draft of a poem. In session two, early revision will be discussed and editing techniques will be practiced.  In session three, revision techniques including radical revision will be covered. A second draft of the poem will be written during session four. Pencil/pen and paper are required.

Poets at the Library

Monday, April 15, 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Featured poets Dennis Nurkse and Coleen Marks read for 20 minutes from their works, followed by an open-mic session.

Writers Room

Tuesday, April 16, 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

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Writers receive constructive feedback at these sessions, during which participants read their work and members offer suggestions. Works read are usually less than 15 minutes long, so there is time to discuss a number of pieces during each session. While nonfiction has been a focus in the past, fiction writers are welcome. Participants range from published authors to those looking to improve their skills. The group is led by Loretta and Fred Wish in the first floor Quiet Room.

Reading by Han Kang and Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o

April 17, 2019, 7:30 p.m., Wallace Theater, 122 Alexander Street

Man Booker International Prize-winning South Korean novelist Han Kang and award-winning Kenyan-born novelist and playwright Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o read from their work as part of the 2018-19 Althea Ward Clark W’21 Reading Series.

“The Form of the Sonnet: Petrarch, Schlegel, Pastior” -Professor Jörg Kreienbrock Northwestern University

In 1973 the German-Romanian poet Oskar Pastior published his so-called Petrarca-Projekt – a collection of thirty-three highly idiosyncratic translations of sonnets from Petrarch’s Il Canzoniere. Pastior’s adaptation of the Petrarchan sonnet as a paradigm for lyric poetry is inscribed in a particular German literary history of Petrarchism that reached its pinnacle in August Wilhelm Schlegel’s reflections on the form of the sonnet in his Vorlesungen über schöne Litteratur und Kunst. This talk will interpret Schlegel’s romantic theory of the sonnet together with Pastior’s project of translating Petrarch as innovative models for a theory of poetic form irreducible to a metaphysical distinction between form and content, traditional definitions of

April 22, 2019, 4:30 p.m., East Pyne Building / 205


Writing Workshop

Tuesday, April 23, 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

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Writers who are working on book-length works are invited to receive constructive critique from peers. The group is designed so that writers can help other writers of fiction and book-length non-fiction to strengthen characters and story structure.  Participants range from published authors to those looking to improve their skills. Don Donato leads the workshop.

Library Live at Labyrinth: Pico Iyer: “Autumn Light”

Wednesday, April 24, 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

The author discusses his book about the year following his father-in-law’s unexpected death. During that year, spent in Japan where he and his wife Hiroko have a home, Iyer began to grapple with the questions we all have to deal with: how to hold onto the things we love even though we know that we and they are dying. The book offers a singular view of Japan, in the season that reminds us to take nothing for granted. Iyer is the author of several books about cultures converging, including “Video Night in Kathmandu,” “The Lady and the Monk,” “The Global Soul” and, “Abandon.” His articles appear often in such magazines as Harper’s, Time, and the New York Review of Books.

Co-sponsored by the library and Labyrinth Books.

Friday Feature Film: “If Beale Street Could Talk”

Friday, April 26, 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Based on the novel of the same name by James Baldwin, this film tells the story of a young African-American woman seeking to prove the innocence of her boyfriend, wrongly-accused and jailed for rape, before the birth of their child. R. 1 hour, 57 minutes.


C.K. Williams Emerging Writers Reading Series: Hala Alyan and Princeton Students

Friday 3/8 at 6pm, Labyrinth Books Princeton

The Emerging Writers Reading Series at Labyrinth Bookstore showcases senior thesis students of the Lewis Center for the Arts Program in Creative Writing with established writers as special guests. This month, we welcome Hala Alyan along with Princeton Students Mohamad Adnan, Kandace Rosser, Paul Schorin, Elias Stern, and Joanna Zhang.


Literary Stories of Migration: Author Imbolo Mbue in Conversation with Tracy K. Smith

April 9, 2019, 4:30 p.m., Julis Romo Rabinowitz Building / Rm 399

A discussion with Imbolo Mbue, author of Behold the Dreamers, will be moderated by U.S. Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith, the Roger S. Berlind ’52 Professor of the Humanities and Director and Professor of Creative Writing at Princeton. This event is part of the year-long Mellon-Sawyer Seminar, “Global Migration: The Humanities and Social Sciences in Dialogue.”