Award-winning poet Gerald Stern will read from his work for 40 minutes tonight, Sept. 8, followed by an open-mic session as part of Poets in the Library.
The event will begin at 7:30 p.m.in the library’s Community Room.
Stern was born in Pittsburgh in 1925 and was educated at the University of Pittsburgh and Columbia University. He is the author of 16 books of poetry, including “In Beauty Bright”, “Save the Last Dance”, and “This Time: New and Selected Poems,” which won the 1998 National Book Award. His new book of poems, “Divine Nothingness”, will be released in November.
Stern was awarded the 2005 Wallace Stevens Award by the Academy of American Poets, and was the 2010 recipient of the Medal of Honor in Poetry by the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Stern was inducted into the 2012 class of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and was the 2012 recipient of the Rebekah Johnson Bobbitt National Prize for Poetry from the Library of Congress. He is also the 2014 winner of the Frost Medal.
Poets in the Library is co-sponsored by the library, Delaware Valley Poets and the U.S. 1 Poets’ Cooperative. The event is free and open to the public.