Celebrate National Poetry Month With The Library

The Poe-Tree in the White Rock Branch Library. Photo by Katy Korkos


National Poetry Month is celebrated in libraries and schools each year in April. The Los Alamos County Library System has a full calendar of poetry-related events, beginning with a poetry reading by Los Alamos Native Allison Cobb at 1 p.m., Sunday in the White Rock Branch Library.

Los Alamos Native Allison Cobb. Courtesy photo

Cobb will read from her latest book, After We All Died, as well as from the manuscript for an ongoing project, “Plastic, an autobiography.” She was a finalist for the National Poetry Series in 2015, and has received many awards and fellowships in her career.

“After We All Died” was published by Ahsahta Press, which has a mission to preserve the best works of poetry of the West. Coincidentally, much of Peggy Pond Church’s poetry also was published by Ahsahta.

Continuing in the series of poetry readings at the White Rock Branch Library, the poets of the Institute of American Indian Arts will present a Poetry Sampler at 1 p.m. Saturday, April 15. The poets are students of James Stevens.

Saturday April 29, the Los Alamos High School poets get a chance to shine, with as many as 23 students polishing their work for the occasion. The LAHS poets are students of Michelle Hall.

The community is invited to create its own poetry with the Poe-Tree in the White Rock Branch, or by manipulating the words they find on the Pizzeria Poetry wall downstairs at Mesa Public Library. The Librarians also have set up book displays throughout the libraries that feature poets.

For more information about the poetry readings in the White Rock Branch Library, 10 Sherwood Blvd., White Rock, visit the Library System’s calendar by clicking the Events tab at losalamoslibrary.org or call 505.662.8265.

“Poet Allison Cobb’s new book After We All Died is thrilling—inventive, visionary, hard-thought, and impossible to put down … Five shining stars and highly recommended.” —Carolyn Forché


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