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Library calls all young poets to special workshop
Press Release April 18, 2002

The Newark Public Library is holding special four-part workshops in May and June for young poets, ages six through fourteen, at six branch locations. Professional poets Lauren Spencer and John Chorazy will lead youngsters in these hands-on programs, where students will discover the elements of poetry—such as rhyme and rhythm—stretch their imagination using their senses, and write their own poetry. The last workshop in the four-part series at each location will be a party and a poetry reading, featuring the young poets as they read their creations and receive a bound anthology of their work.

Class size at each location is limited to twenty students, so youngsters are invited to register early by calling one of the participating branches. Unless noted otherwise, the workshops begin at 3:30pm.

  • Branch Brook, 235 Clifton Avenue, (973) 733- 6388; workshops on May 8, 15, 22 (class on 22nd is a 2pm start), and June 5.
  • Clinton, 739 Bergen Street, (973) 733-7754; May 30, June 6, 13, and 20.
  • North End, 722 Summer Avenue, (973) 733-7766; May 9, 16, 23, and June 6.
  • Springfield, 50 Hayes Street, (973) 733-7736; May 2, 9, 16, and 23.
  • Van Buren, 140 Van Buren Street, (973) 733-7750; May 7, 14, 21 (class on 21st is a 2pm start), and 28.
  • Weequahic, 355 Osborne Terrace, (973) 733-7751; June 3, 11, 17, and 24.

The Turrell Fund provided funding for this program.

John Chorazy has been the editor of The Ever Dancing Muse, a semiannual poetry publication, since 1993. His poems have appeared in numerous magazines, and he has presented his works at several venues. He presently works as a teaching artist in residence for the New Jersey Writers’ Project and Arts Horizons and performs regularly with Glue Puppet, a music and poetry ensemble.

Lauren Spencer’s career includes being a magazine editor and writer (Rolling Stone, Spin), a television producer ("The Jane Pratt Show"), a record company executive (video promotions director at Elektra records), and a freelance writer.

Patrons are invited to call one of the participating branches for additional information on this program series.

 

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