April is National Poetry Month and the James V. Brown Library is celebrating it with a special program 6 p.m. April 29. Poet and author Larry Bassett brings his "got poetry" program to share with the public.
According to Bassett, "Poetry is for everyone - and reading, writing and hearing poetry is fun! That's the message that I carry with my 'got poetry?' programs. In my programs, I share some of my own poetry, talk and answer questions about the writing of poetry, and then work with people to create their own poetry about their own real lives."
About his biography, Bassett says, "I was born in a small Pennsylvania town just after the Second World War, and after a quintessentially ordinary and uneventful childhood, I grew up, became an English teacher, and moonlighted as an electrician, a stagehand, a motion picture projectionist, a climbing and skiing instructor, a township road worker, an advertising copywriter and creative director, and a public address sports announcer. I eventually retired from teaching high school English in another Pennsylvania town not 50 miles from where I started out. I live and write in Williamsport, Pa., surrounded by my wife, cartoonist Karen Choate-Bassett and three cats."
In addition to writing fiction and non-fiction, Bassett has published two chapbooks of poetry - "Possum Love" and Other Poems (2005) and Northern Tier (2011) - and his poetry has appeared in Hellas, Axis, Poetry Northwest, Sun-Father Journal, Amelia, English Journal, the Pittsburgh City Paper, and Blue Collar Review. He also has used his "got poetry?" programs to bring poetry to schools and libraries throughout Central and Northcentral Pennsylvania.
The event is free and open to the public. It will be held in the Lowry Room on the third floor of the Welch Family wing at the library. Books will be available for purchase and proceeds will benefit the library.
This fun and educational opportunity at the James V. Brown Library is part of the statewide literacy initiative of PA Forward, helping libraries build communities one person at a time, and is sponsored by the Friends of the James V. Brown Library and the Friends Favorites gently used book store.
Registration is suggested but not required. For further information, or to register go to ww.jvbrown.edu, call 326-0536.