Free Webinar—Teaching Poetry: Poetry 180 with Billy Collins on June 23, 4-5 ET

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Billy Collins. Photo credit: Suzannah Gilman

Join us for a conversation with former U.S. Poet Laureate Billy Collins about his signature laureate project, Poetry 180, which brings poetry to schools for each of the 180 days of the school year. With facilitator and NCTE President Alfredo Celedón Luján, Collins will share poems from the project and discuss Poetry 180 as an “outside the box” approach to connecting youth with poetry.

Billy Collins, one of the most popular poets in America, is the author of 12 poetry collections—including Aimless Love: New and Selected Poems 2003 – 2013, and The Rain in Portugal, both New York Times bestsellers. The inaugural recipient of the Poetry Foundation’s Mark Twain Award for Humor in Poetry, Collins served as United States Poet Laureate from 2001-2003 and New York State Poet Laureate from 2004-06. He is a former Distinguished Professor of English at Lehman College of the City University of New York, and in 2016 he was elected a member of the American Academy of Arts & Letters.

Facilitator Alfredo Celedón Luján is the president of NCTE as well as dean of students and teacher of English and study skills at Monte del Sol Charter School in Santa Fe, New Mexico. He has been a recipient of three fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities. In 2015, he was named one of New Mexico’s Golden Apple Award winners for excellence in teaching.

This session is co-hosted by the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE).

You can register here.

Celebrating Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month with Jim Lee and Asian American Superheroes on May 6

On Thursday, May 6, at 7 p.m. ET, join us for a “Great American Publishers” event celebrating the life and work of DC Chief Creative Officer and Publisher Jim Lee. This program, presented in celebration of Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month, features illustrator Bernard Chang and writers Sarah Kuhn and Minh Lê, and is moderated by former National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature Gene Luen Yang.

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In May, the Library will premiere a series of resources and events with the authors and editors of “The Talk: Conversations on Race, Love & Truth.” The book is written for teens, caregivers and teachers, and everyone else interested in navigating these complex conversations in family and classroom environments.