Poet and author John Yamrus will be the featured speaker as the Wyomissing Public Library kicks off National Poetry Month on Monday, April 2nd at 6 PM.
Since 1970 Yamrus has published 26 volumes of poetry, 2 novels and one volume of non-fiction. He has also had nearly 2,000 poems published in print magazines around the world. Selections of his poetry have been translated into several languages, including Spanish, Swedish, French, Japanese, Italian, Romanian, Albanian, Estonian and Bengali. His poetry is taught in numerous colleges and universities. His latest book, Memory Lane, a look back at his childhood growing up in a Pennsylvania coal mining community in the 1950s, is a highly anticipated addition to his published work. His website is http://www.johnyamrus.com.
The program is free and open to the public, During his presentation, Yamrus will discuss the book and its background and how he came to write it. He will also be talk about how he forged a nearly 50 year career as a writer of poetry. Copies of Memory Lane will be available for sale and signing. Registration is requested, and may be done by calling the library at 610-374-2385, or at the front desk or on the library’s website, www.wyopublib.org.
The Wyomissing Public Library will also be a site for Marquee Poetry during the month of April.
Marquee Poetry is an exhibit of short poems, some Haiku, some free verse, curated by Beth Krumholz, Community Arts Coordinator for the Center for the Arts at Albright College. Using several marquees, sandwich boards, TV monitors, gallery windows and counter tops all over town, and extending to Lancaster, the poems will be showcased during the month of April, National Poetry month. The selected poems will feature the creative work of all ages of local and nationally known poets from elementary school age children to adults. Ms. Krumholz’s vision was to display verse in public spaces.
The Wyomissing Public Library’s Marquee will be visible on the sidewalk in front of the building at 9 Reading Boulevard, with poems by Heather Thomas and Cat Mahony on each side of the display. There is not one theme to the poems but rather a theme to the project at large of adding poetry into our daily lives.