Poetry Month at Oakland Libraries

And it was at that age ... Poetry arrived in search of me -Pablo Neruda

Join us at libraries all over Oakland as we celebrate "language at its most distilled and most powerful" (Rita Dove), "eternal graffiti written in the heart of everyone" (Lawrence Ferlinghetti) and "making the private world public" (Allen Ginsberg).

April is ... poetry month. 

Events for Adults

Blackout Poetry
Repurpose the pages of old books & magazines into poetic works of art! Intended for adults but welcomes teens and kids ages 8+. Supplies provided.
▸Golden Gate Branch, April 3, 6pm

Bi-Ku: Bike Haiku and More with the Women Bike Book Club
Read and discuss bike related poetry. Everyone is welcome to attend and participate in discussing bikes and feminism in a WTF friendly (but not exclusive) space.
▸Golden Gate Branch, April 5, 6 pm

Temescal Poet July Westhale
July Westhale will present her highly acclaimed collection, Trailer Trash, with poems that recall her growing
up in the cotton country of Southern California. She will be joined by poet/photographer Julia Sparenberg.
▸Temescal Branch, April 7, 2:30pm

Poetry and Social Justice
Join DeMareon Gipson and other local poets as the
read their work and have a panel discussion about the
role of poetry in social justice movements.
▸Main Library, April 11, 6pm

Local Poets and Open Mic
MC Sheryl J. Bize Boutte will host readings by Sheryl Bize Boutte, Cristina Deptula, Amos White, Leticia Garcia Bradford, Chiyuma Elliott, Grace Marie Grafton, and Ryan Van Lenning. Followed by an open mic.
▸Montclair Branch, April 24, 6 to 8 pm

La Palabra Musical
Poetry in English, Spanish, Spanglish y Lo Que Sea! Hosted by Avotcja, poet, playwright, multipercussionist, photographer, and teacher. Don’t forget to bring your Congas, Guiros, Maracas, Panderetas etc.
▸César E. Chávez Branch, April 28, 3 to 5 pm

Poem in Your Pocket Display
Enjoy a display of staff-selected poetry books, and then pick up a small scroll with a poem to keep in your pocket.
▸Dimond Branch & Eastmont Branch, all month

Poetry Post
Check out works by our local Bay Area poets on display.
▸César E. Chávez Branch, all month

Events for Teens

Blackout Poetry
Use a marker to black out text on a discarded book page until a poem is formed. The key thing is that the blacked out portion and the poem form a visual poem.
▸81st Avenue Branch, April 21, 1:30pm
▸César E. Chávez Branch, April 21, 3pm
▸Dimond Branch, April 14, 12pm
▸Elmhurst Branch, April 11, 3:30pm
▸Piedmont Avenue Branch, April 12, 3:30pm
▸Rockridge Branch, April 11, 2pm

Magnetic Poetry
Cut text out of a magazine, newspaper or discarded book and paste it to a magnet strip. You can then remake or make new poems with your magnets!
▸Dimond Branch, April 18, 2pm

Blackout Poetry Contest
If you are a youth between the ages of 12-18, Dimond Branch will be accepting submissions from February 24 to May 4. Voting will happen throughout May.

Events for Children 

Blackout Poetry
Use a marker to black out text on a discarded book page until a poem is formed.
▸Rockridge Branch, April 17 & 24, 3:30-7:30pm

Monster Poetry
For the very brave! Put your hand in a box shaped like a monster and pull out words to create a poem.
▸Rockridge Branch, April 17 & 24, 3:30-7:30pm

Collage Poetry
Cut out words from a magazine or discarded book and assemble the words into lines of poetry.
▸Elmhurst Branch, April 20, 3pm
▸Main Library, April 25, 3pm

Various Poetry Activities
Take your pick! Blackout, Monster, or Collage Poetry!
▸Eastmont Branch, April 18, 3pm
▸Golden Gate Branch, April 7, 3pm
▸Montclair Branch, April 11, 2:30pm
▸Piedmont Ave. Branch, April 11, 1:30pm
▸Melrose Branch, April 7, 11:30am


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