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Performance Poetry and Spoken Work Showcase at Villard!

poetrywordle.pngNeeded: Aspiring poets and performers! Give an original or not-so-original poem a dramatic flair! Join the MPL Teen Performance Poetry and Spoken Word Showcase and show off your talent for bringing words, stories and poems to life during this open-mic showcase. Help us celebrate the end of poetry month and "rap" up our Poetry Contest as we announce the winners and share their poems at this event!

Tuesday, May 15, 6-7:30 p.m.
Villard Square Branch
5190 N. 35th St.
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Teen Poetry Deadline Coming Up!

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The deadline for entry in the teen poetry contest is one week away, enter now!

Do you have a way with words? Milwaukee youth ages 10-18 are encouraged to submit a poem with an entry form to compete in this year's Poetry Contest! Submit up to two poems between March 26 and April 26. Poems must be submitted online.

Prizes will be awarded to top poems in three age categories: 10-12, 13-15, and 16-18. Winners will be announced at the Teen Performance Poetry and Spoken Word Showcase at Villard Square Branch on Tuesday, May 15, 6-7:30 p.m. and may be published on the MPL webpage and Facebook pages!

For prizes and contest rules visit the Teen Poetry Contest page on our website.

All programs hosted by the Teen Advisory Board and sponsored by Best Buy.
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Teen Poetry Contest Starts Today!

PoetryTeen.jpgDo you have a way with words? Milwaukee youth ages 10-18 are encouraged to submit a poem with an entry form to compete in this year's Poetry Contest! Submit up to two poems between March 26 and April 26. Poems must be submitted online.

Prizes will be awarded to top poems in three age categories: 10-12, 13-15, and 16-18. Winners will be announced at the Teen Performance Poetry and Spoken Word Showcase at Villard Square Branch on Tuesday, May 15, 6-7:30 p.m. and may be published on the MPL webpage and Facebook pages!

For prizes and contest rules visit the Teen Poetry Contest page on our website.

All programs hosted by the Teen Advisory Board and sponsored by Best Buy.

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Philip Levine Named U.S. Poet Laureate

On August 10th the Library of Congress announced the appointment of Philip Levine as the 18th Poet Laureate. Philip Levine was born in Detroit, Michigan in 1928 to Russian-Jewish immigrant parents. After graduating from Wayne State University, Levine worked a number of industrial jobs, including the night shift at the Chevrolet Gear and Axle factory. He is a Pulitzer Prize, National Book Award, and National Book Critics Circle Award winner.

Check out the Library of Congress' Philip Levine Web Guide for more information on the new Poet Laureate. Click here to view a complete list of Philip Levine's work available at the Milwaukee Public Library.

Here Levine reads "Bell Isle, 1949".

"Belle Isle, 1949" from They Feed They Lion and The Names of the Lost by Philip Levine, copyright ©1999 by Philip Levine.



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Teen Poetry Contest!

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April is poetry month! If you are between the ages of 10-18, and love to write poetry, enter your poem in Milwaukee Public Library's poetry contest! You can submit your poem with an entry form at any Milwaukee Public Library or online. Entries will be accepted from March 28 until April 21 at 5:00 p.m.
Prizes will be awarded to top poems in three age categories: 10-12, 13-15, 16-18. The 1st place prize for all age groups is a $50.00 gift card. The 2nd place prize for all age groups is a $25.00 gift card, and the 3rd place prize for all age groups is a $15.00 gift card.
The winners will be announced during the Teen Poetry Slam at Atkinson Library on May 11. For more information, or for questions about the rules, call (414)286-3011.
This program is hosted by the Teen Advisory Board and sponsored by
the Helen Bader Foundation and Best Buy.


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Lions and tigers and poems! Oh, my!

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Photo by Mark Hines

After a lifetime of trips to the Milwaukee County Zoo (first at Washington Park and now on Blue Mound Road), I doubted anything could ever refresh the experience for me. The onslaught of careening double-wide strollers, the 'signature fragrance' of the Small Mammals Building, overhearing parents trying to explain just what those two monkeys are doing, the possibility of a guano shower in the Aviary, the relentless white noise of a thousand excited children...ah, memories.

So it was a revelation to visit the Zoo with a friend to check out the poetry installed throughout the grounds by The Language of Conservation program funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the Milwaukee County Zoo and the Milwaukee Public Library with help from Poets House. With map and list of poem titles in hand, we embarked on a quest to seek out and savor selections from a menagerie of poets. There are poems etched on exhibit glass, hanging in trees, carved into stone or wood, on curving metal scrolls, or lettered on mobiles and banners. Like trying to spot a well camouflaged animal, the poetry will suddenly reveal itself to the attentive hunter. Standing silently amid the swirling throng and having a poem perfectly connect to creature or place is a revelation.

Alison Apotheker's "Why I Said Jellyfish", Michael Glaser's "The Presence of Trees" and Jorge Luis Borges' "The Other Tiger" were three favorites. To read the timeless words of May Swenson's Motherhood, then watch the baby orangutan Mahal cuddled in his adoptive mother's lap is delightful, even for someone as cynical as I. I know we missed finding some of the poems during our three hour visit, so we will definitely be planning another trip soon - by then I hope someone develops a GPS (Global Poetry Sensor)!

Submitted by Christine @ MPL Central


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Jellyfish to Giraffes, Bullfrogs to Butterflies to Bears

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On June 21, the poet-in-residence for the Language of Conservation program, Pattiann Rogers, will read poems highlighting the earth and its wide variety of life in meadowlands and grasslands, deserts, seas, marshes, jungles and forests. A reception including light refreshments will begin at at 6:30 p.m. and the program will begin at 7:30 p.m. Both will take place in the Krug Rare Books Room at the Central Library on the second floor. The Language of Conservation is an initiative of Poets House in partnership with the Milwaukee County Zoo and Milwaukee Public Library, made possible by a National Leadership Grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.


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Teen Poetry Slam!

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Are you a teen that loves to write poetry? Or do you simply love the rhythm and flow of a particular poem and wish to share it with the world? Aspiring teen poets are encouraged to attend the 2010 Teen Poetry Slam, sponsored by the Helen Bader Foundation, at the Washington Park Library on Wednesday, April 28 at 5:30 p.m.

You can give a dramatic preformance of your original work or the work of someone that inspires you. The first 40 performers will receive a prize, and the winners of the Young Adult Poetry Contest will be announced at this event.


If you have any questions, or need more information, you can call 286-3011.



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Language of Conservation @ MPL

MPL and the Milwaukee County Zoo have been selected by the national literary center Poets House to take part in their Language of Conservation program. The initiative's goal is to deepen public awareness of environmental issues through poetry, and is supported by a $1 million grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, promoted by the American Library Association.

This partnership between poetry and conservation began at the Central Park Zoo in New York City, when poetry was successfully incorporated into the wildlife exhibits. Conservationists found that poetry installations made zoo visitors more aware of the impact humans have on ecosystems.

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Poet Pattiann Rogers will visit MPL on Thursday, September 24 at
6:00 p.m. to read some of the poems being considered for installation at the Zoo. Library Director Paula Kiely and Zoo Director Charles Wikenhauser will also talk about the project at this event to be held in Centennial Hall, 733 N. 8th St.

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Teen Poetry Contest

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Teen Poetry Contest @ MPL
Go to any library and pick up an entry form to submit your poem with.
Entries must be returned between April 1st and April 19th.

Prizes include:

$50 Gift Certificate -- 1st prize
$25 Gift Certificate -- 2nd prize
$10 Gift Certificate -- 3rd prize

For more details visit any of your local libraries.

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