Join us to celebrate National Poetry Month with an outdoor* poetry reading in the library gardens. We will be welcoming 3 Hudson Valley Poets to read their work.
*If the weather is bad we will move indoors!
(please note that registration opens 30 days before the event)
Silvina López Medin was born in Buenos Aires and lives in New York. Her books of poetry include: La noche de los bueyes (Madrid, 1999), winner of the Loewe Foundation International Young Poetry Prize, Esa sal en la lengua para decir manglar (Buenos Aires, 2014; That Salt on the Tongue to Say Mangrove, tr. Jasmine V. Bailey, Carnegie Mellon University Press, 2021), 62 brazadas (Buenos Aires, 2015), winner of the City of Buenos Aires Poetry Prize, and Excursión (Buenos Aires, 2021). Excursion was selected by Mary Jo Bang as the winner of the Oversound Chapbook Prize (Oversound, 2020). Her hybrid poetry book Poem That Never Ends was a winner of the Essay Press/University of Washington Bothell Contest (Essay Press, 2021). Her play Exactamente bajo el sol (staged at Teatro del Pueblo, 2008) was granted the Plays Third Prize by the Argentine Institute of Theatre. She co-translated Anne Carson’s Eros the Bittersweet (2015) into Spanish. Her writing has appeared in Ploughshares, Hyperallergic, Brooklyn Rail, Poetry Daily, Harriet Books/Poetry Foundation, and MoMA/post, among others. She has taught poetry workshops at the New York Public Library, Hudson Valley Writers Center, the Flow Chart Foundation, the International Writing Program/University of Iowa, and NYU. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from NYU and is an editor at Ugly Duckling Presse.
Iain Haley Pollock is the author of Ghost, Like a Place (Alice James Books, 2018), which was nominated for an NAACP Image Award, and Spit Back a Boy (2011), winner of the Cave Canem Poetry Prize. His poems have appeared in many literary outlets, including African American Review, American Academy of Poets Poem-a-Day, American Poetry Review, The New York Times Magazine, PoetrySociety.org and The Progressive. Outside of publishing poems, Pollock performs his work widely, from the Dodge Poetry Festival to libraries and art centers; he curated the Rye Poetry Path, a public poetry installation in Rye, NY; and he serves on the editorial board at Slapering Hol Press and on the board of Tiger Bark Press. Pollock currently directs the MFA Program at Manhattanville College, where he edits the literary journal Inkwell.
Lissa Kiernan is the founding director of The Poetry Barn, a pollinator habitat for poetry in the Catskills. Her second collection of poetry, The Whispering Wall, won Homebound Publications’ Poetry Prize and was a semi-finalist for the Dorset Prize. Her first book of prose, Glass Needles & Goose Quills, won the Nautilus Gold for lyric prose and took first place in the Independent Book Awards’ cross-genre category. Two Faint Lines in the Violet, Lissa’s first poetry collection, was a finalist for both the Foreword Indies and Julie Suk awards. She enjoys collaborating with other artists, forest-bathing, art-journaling, and music. She lives near the Ashokan Reservoir’s spillway with her husband, Chris, and a fluctuating number of felines.