National Poetry Month for Kids

In 2017, kids across Illinois awarded The Crossover the Rebecca Caudill Award, an honor given to the most outstanding book for fourth through eighth graders by fourth through eighth graders. If you somehow missed out on reading the multiple-award-winning book by Kwame Alexander, one thing you should know is that it was written in free verse. You know what […]

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New Teen Novels in Verse

You don't need to read old-school Shakespeare to celebrate National Poetry Month. These new novels in verse capture teens' thoughts and feelings in modern language. If you want a clever Shakespeare retelling, Ronit & Jamil updates Romeo and Juliet with a modern political plot. Set in present-day Israel, the novel reveals how Ronit, an Israeli pharmacist's daughter, and Jamil, a […]

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From the INside: a Photo-Poetical Ode to Englewood by Tonika Johnson, Poetry by Tara Betts on Exhibit at HWLC

Impoverished. Violent. Broken. These are some of the words used to describe Chicago’s South Side neighborhood of Englewood. However, this is not the Englewood that photographer Tonika Johnson experienced growing up there or currently sees with her camera lens. In the exhibit From the INside, Johnson’s photography and poetry by Tara Betts and Meida McNeal […]

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Enjoy Eye on India Literary, Music Events at CPL in September

Join us for a day of literary discussions September 17 at Harold Washington Library Center as Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Vijay Seshadri and home-grown poet Srikanth Reddy talk about their work, immigration and the influence of world events on poetry. Their conversation is followed by an event featuring novelist Anuradha Roy discussing the challenges women in […]

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Spoken Word Inspiration

If you dream about going onstage and becoming a slam poet, check out this list of recommendations to help you develop your skills as a performance artist. Take the Mic contains everything you need to know about writing, performing and building a career as a slam poet. Get inspired by reading and listening to the poetry of many […]

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In Search of Spanish Poets

Many Spanish-language writers are known for their unforgettable poetry, such as the nocturnal and dreamlike worlds of Federico Garcia Lorca, the warm and romantic memories of Pablo Neruda and the powerful and emotional spirit of Gabriela Mistral. Poets invite us to places filled with loss, sorrow, passion and life. If you're an aspiring poet, you might want to take a […]

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Amor: Discover Latin American Romance

I once thought the term "romance language” meant language about romance and love, not realizing that it refers to languages of the Roman Empire descended from Latin. I think my misunderstanding stemmed from the fact that so many of my favorite Spanish-language authors write about love. I started studying Spanish in middle school and enjoyed practicing by reading bilingual […]

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