Poetry in Song

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Singers perform art-song arrangements of poetry by Gabriele D'Annunzio, Federico Garcia Lorca, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Thomas Hardy, Hermann Hesse, A.E. Housman, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Han Yu, and others. Featured composers include Fred Adler, Antonin Dvorak, Pavel Haas, George Frederick Handel, Ottorino Respighi, Sergei Rachmaninoff, Franz Schubert, Richard Strauss, and Ralph Vaughan Williams. With live piano accompaniment.

National Poetry Month Events at the Main:

Film: Ferlinghetti - A Rebirth of Wonder. March 27, 6:00 pm, Main Library, Koret Auditorium.

Tending the Fire: Native Voices & Portraits. Christopher Felver and friends present his new book, Tending the Fire, a celebration of contemporary Native American poets and writers. April 1, 2018, 2:00 pm, Main Library, Latino Hispanic Community Room.

Lao-Tzu, Poetry, and Guqin: Lao-Tzu's Tao-Te Ching and Infusions by Poets Clara Hsu & Greg Pond with Guqin master David Wong. April 3, 2018, 6:00 pm, Main Library, Latino Hispanic Community Room.

World Literature Book Club: Kenneth Patchen’s The Journal of Albion Moonlight. April 5, 2018, 6:00 pm, Main Library, Paley Room—Floor 3.

Documentary – Paul Laurence Dunbar: Beyond the Mask. April 10, 2018, 5:30 pm, Main Library, Koret Auditorium.

Poetry in Song. Singers present musical settings of poetry from around the world. April 12, 2018, 6:00 pm, Main Library, Latino Hispanic Community Room.

Show Us Your Spines: RADAR Residents Reading. For 14 years, the RADAR Reading Series has featured the best in emerging and underground queer writers. April 12, 2018, 6:00 pm, Main Library, LGBTQIA Center.

Cruzando Fronteras: Crossing Borders. Poetry reading in Spanish and English. April 15, 1 pm, Main Library, Latino Hispanic Rm.

A Carnival of Poems: The Haight Ashbury Literary Journal Celebrates National Poetry Month. Come celebrate National Poetry Month with San Francisco’s own Haight Ashbury Literary Journal, April 19, 6:00 pm, Main Library, Latino Hispanic Community Room.

Open Mic Poetry for the People. April 27, 2 pm, Main Library, Library for the Blind.

Ginsberg & Ferlinghetti, James Weldon Johnson, and Lawson Fusao Inada on 16 mm Film. April 28, 2018, 11:00 am, Main Library, Latino Hispanic Community Room.

Philippine American Writers and Artists. Reading. April 29, 1 pm, Main Library, Learning Studio.

Second Inning: More Baseball Poetry from San Francisco Poets. April 30, 2018, 4:00 pm, Main Library, Latino Hispanic Community Room.

Related Exhibition:

Christopher Felver: The Imagination of American Poets, Main Library, Jewett Gallery, March 24 - June 24, 2018.

This is a Reading, Writing & Poetry program from SFPL. We love reading/sharing/creating words.

This is a Performance program from SFPL. We host events featuring music, art, dance and more.

Upcoming Events

OWL: Older Writers Laboratory
Monday, August 20, 2018, 10:00 am
Bernal Heights, Bernal Heights Meeting Room
Great Teen Book Swap!
Monday, August 20, 2018, 3:30 pm
Ortega, Ortega General Floor Area
Musical Outdoor Storytime
Tuesday, August 21, 2018, 10:30 am

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Friday, September 14, 2018, 2:00 pm
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Through Thursday, August 30, 2018
Main Library, Grove Street entrance exhibit cases
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