Salt Lake City Public Library is among public libraries participating nationwide in "30-30-30," a program sponsored by the Urban Libraries Council in commemoration of National Poetry Month.
The selected libraries will host poetry readings, poetry "slams" and related events through April to spread poetry from coast to coast.Three programs, free to the public, are scheduled Tuesday evenings, 7 p.m., during the remainder of April. The schedule in the Main Library, 209 E. 500 South:
- April 14 - Paul E. Swenson, associate editor of The Salt Lake Observer, will present a remembrance of the work of his sister, the late May Swenson, Utah's well-known poet. He will also read from his own work.
- April 21 - Katharine Coles, author of one novel and two poetry books, including "History of the Garden: Poems." Former U.S. Poet Laureate Mark Strand praised the work for its "intelligence, insightfulness . . . and beautiful and seductive music." Coles teaches in the University of Utah English Department.
- April 28 - Leslie Norris, author of numerous books of short stories and poetry, including "Collected Poems." He has been humanities professor of creative writing at Brigham Young University since 1983.
National Poetry Month is sponsored by the American Academy of Poets. A poetry Web site that lists events at Urban Libraries Council libraries and elsewhere, as well as offering hundreds of poems, biographies, photos and audio clips is available at (http:///www.poets.org).