Poet Feature: Fleda Brown

Thursday, April 6th, 2017

As part of our celebration of National Poetry Month, we're featuring the work of a wide variety of poetsToday's poet is Fleda Brown!

Born in 1944 in Columbia, Missouri, Brown grew up in Fayetteville, Arkansas.  After earning her doctorate in English from the University of Arkansas, in 1978 she took a position at the University of Delaware, where, she created the Poets in the Schools program, which introduced children in local schools to poetry with the help of...

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Poet Feature: Billy Collins

Wednesday, April 5th, 2017

As part of our celebration of National Poetry Month, we're featuring the work of a wide variety of poetsToday, it's Billy Collins!

Billy Collins was born in 1941 in New York City, but despite growing up in the big city, his poetry, as he describes it, is “suburban, it’s domestic, it’s middle class, and it’s sort of unashamedly that.”  It's a style that's made Collins one of the most popular poets in America, though he wasn't an immediate success.  Following graduation from the College of the Holy Cross, Collins went on to...

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Poet Feature: Elizabeth Bishop

Tuesday, April 4th, 2017

As part of our celebration of National Poetry Month, we're featuring the work of a wide variety of poetsToday's poet is Elizabeth Bishop!

Born in 1911, Bishop's childhood was marked by frequent upheaval.  Her father died when she was an infant, and her mother suffered from mental illness so severe that she had been permanently committed to an institution by the time Bishop was five years old.  Bishop then lived with first one, then the other set of grandparents until...

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Libro.fm April 2017 Selection

Tuesday, April 4th, 2017

We are delighted to partner with Libro.fm to bring you downloadable audiobooks!

Libro.fm's featured audiobook for the month of April is The Women in the Castle, by Jessica Shattuck.  Performed by Cassandra Campbell, The Women in the Castle weaves together the stories of three women as they fight to create a new life for themselves and their families in the midst of World War II. 

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Poet Feature: William Blake

Monday, April 3rd, 2017

As part of our celebration of National Poetry Month, we're featuring the work of a wide variety of poets, including William Blake!

Born in London on November 28, 1757, William Blake was a highly imaginative and rather unusual child.  He claimed to have visions of God and angels, which perhaps influenced his parents' decision to instruct him at home rather than send him to school with his brothers. 

Originally, Blake intended to be an artist.  He studied art briefly, but when schooling became too expensive, he was apprenticed to...

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