Spring Poetry series- Night One

Join us for night one of our four-part Spring Poetry series. The March 11th event will be a virtual night at 7pm.

The rest of the series: April 22nd will be hybrid (BOTH in-person and virtual) and we are planning the Sunday May15th  and 22nd afternoon events will be live at the store.

Please consider the purchase of a book to support this series.

We will add the names of the poets and their books as they each sign on. So far, we have Rick Magee, our newly minted Poet Laureate at each of these events! Welcome Rick.

FREE to attend- registration REQUIRED.

Poets on the schedule:

RICK MAGEE- Bethel's new Poet Laureate! A quote from Sacred Heart University where he is a professor: Rick Magee, a native Californian, received his B.A. in English from the University of California at Berkeley, and his M.A. from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. He moved to New York to continue his graduate studies, and received his Ph.D. from Fordham University in 2002 for his dissertation “Sentimental Ecology: Susan Fenimore Cooper and a New Model of Ecocriticism.” He joined the Sacred Heart Faculty in 2003. His research interests include 19th-century American literature, especially sentimental lit and ecocriticism. He has published articles on Cooper, ecofeminism, and food writing, and he edited a reprint of Cooper’s only novel, Elinor Wyllys. In his free time, Rick is an avid outdoorsman and competitive cyclist, and he is ranked in the top ten in local cycling competition. He is currently Bethel's second Poet Laureate.

MARILYN NELSON is the author or translator of seventeen poetry books and the memoir How I Discovered Poetry. She is also the author of The Fields Of Praise: New And Selected Poems, which won the 1998 Poets’ Prize, Carver: A Life In Poems, which won the 2001 Boston Globe/Hornbook Award and the Flora Stieglitz Straus Award, and Fortune’s Bones, which was a Coretta Scott King Honor Book and won the Lion and the Unicorn Award for Excellence in North American Poetry. Nelson’s honors include two NEA creative writing fellowships, the 1990 Connecticut Arts Award, a Fulbright Teaching Fellowship, a fellowship from the J.S. Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, and the Frost Medal. She was the Poet Laureate of the State of Connecticut from 2001-2006.

GAIL CARSON LEVINE'S first book for children, Ella Enchanted, was a Newbery Honor Book. Levine's other books include Ever, a New York Times bestseller; Fairest, a Best Book of the Year for Publishers Weekly and School Library Journal, and a New York Times bestseller; Dave at Night, an ALA Notable Book and Best Book for Young Adults; The Wish; The Two Princesses of Bamarre; A Tale of Two Castles; and the six Princess Tales books. She is also the author of the nonfiction books Writing Magic: Creating Stories That Fly and Writer to Writer: From Think to Ink, as well as the picture books Betsy Who Cried Wolf and Betsy Red Hoodie. She has a book of poetry for adults, Transient (below). Gail Carson Levine and her husband, David, live in a two-centuries-old farmhouse in the Hudson Valley of New York State.

LESLIE BULION'S eight award-winning illustrated poetry collections invite readers on multi-layered nature adventures. These include Spi-Ku: A Clutter of Short Verse on Eight Legs, Amphibian Acrobats, Superlative Birds, Leaf Litter Critters, and Hey There, Stink Bug. Leslie’s graduate science background and her years as a school social worker inform both her poetry and her science-infused novels for young readers. About her newest book, Serengeti: Plains of Grass, her publisher says " Leslie Bulion, a virtuoso science poet, has created a portrait of the rainy season on East Africa’s southern Serengeti Plain, offering young readers a compelling look at an ecosystem in motion. Using a series of interconnected verses inspired by an East African Swahili poem form—the utendi—Bulion’s cadences and rhythmic lines mimic the web of life in the Serengeti, following the great migration of wildebeest, zebras, and others into and then out of the vast short-grass plain.

ALAN KATZ  has been a print and television comedy writer for more than twenty years. In addition to being a multiple Emmy nominee for his work on The Rosie O'Donnell Show and Disney's Raw Toonage, he has written for children's programming on Nickelodeon, ABC Television, Warner Bros. Animation's Taz-Mania, and many others. Alan is the author of several adult humor books, humorous essays for The New York Times and other publications, and books for young readers. Alan lives in Milford, Connecticut, with his journalist wife, Rose, and their children Simone, Andrew, Nathan, and David. Visit him online at AlanKatzBooks.com.

SUSAN HOOD is the award-winning author of many picture books for young readers, including THE LAST STRAW: Kids vs. Plastics; ADA’S VIOLIN; SHAKING THINGS UP: 14 Young Women Who Changed the World; and TITAN AND THE WILD BOARS: The True Cave Rescue of the Thai Soccer Team. Susan is the recipient of the E.B. White Honor Award, the Christopher Award, the Américas Award, the International Latino Award, and the Bank Street Flora Steiglitz Straus Award, given to “a distinguished work of nonfiction that serves as an inspiration to young people.” In 2018, Susan published her first middle grade novel LIFEBOAT 12, which won the 2019 SCBWI Golden Kite Award for middle grade fiction and is now nominated for many state awards.

Event date: 
Friday, March 11, 2022 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm
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A is for Oboe: The Orchestra's Alphabet Cover Image
ISBN: 9780525553779
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Published: Rocky Pond Books - January 4th, 2022

Serengeti: Plains of Grass Cover Image
By Leslie Bulion, Becca Stadtlander (Illustrator)
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Published: Peachtree - March 1st, 2022

Alias Anna: A True Story of Outwitting the Nazis Cover Image
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Misty the Cloud: A Very Stormy Day Cover Image
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Published: Random House Books for Young Readers - October 12th, 2021

Alan Katz and Dylan Dreyer!

Transient Cover Image
ISBN: 9781879205901
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Published: Nightshade Press - July 16th, 2016

Shaking Things Up: 14 Young Women Who Changed the World Cover Image
By Susan Hood, Sophie Blackall (Illustrator), Emily Winfield Martin (Illustrator), Shadra Strickland (Illustrator), Melissa Sweet (Illustrator), LeUyen Pham (Illustrator), Oge Mora (Illustrator), Julie Morstad (Illustrator), Lisa Brown (Illustrator), Selina Alko (Illustrator), Hadley Hooper (Illustrator), Isabel Roxas (Illustrator), Erin Robinson (Illustrator), Sara Palacios (Illustrator)
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Augusta Savage: The Shape of a Sculptor's Life Cover Image
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Carver: A Life in Poems Cover Image
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Published: Wordsong - January 11th, 2022

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Spi-ku: A Clutter of Short Verse on Eight Legs Cover Image
By Leslie Bulion, Robert Meganck (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781682632574
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Published: Peachtree - March 2nd, 2021

American Ace Cover Image
ISBN: 9780803733053
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Published: Rocky Pond Books - January 12th, 2016

My Seneca Village Cover Image
ISBN: 9781608981977
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(This book cannot be returned.)
Published: Namelos - October 1st, 2015

Fortune's Bones: The Manumission Requiem Cover Image
ISBN: 9781932425123
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Published: Wordsong - November 1st, 2004

S.O.S.: Society of Substitutes #1: The Great Escape (HarperChapters) Cover Image
By Alan Katz, Alex Lopez (Illustrator)
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Published: HarperCollins - January 5th, 2021


Poems I Wrote When No One Was Looking Cover Image
By Alan Katz, Edward Koren (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9781416935186
Published: Margaret K. McElderry Books - October 25th, 2011

A Ceiling Made of Eggshells Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062878212
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Published: Quill Tree Books - May 11th, 2021

Ella Enchanted Cover Image
ISBN: 9780064407052
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Published: Quill Tree Books - June 21st, 2022