Everett Public Library Celebrating Everett’s Poets And Poetry This Month

April 4, 2021

Events in Everett

Educational, fun and doesn’t always have to rhyme. The Everett Public Library is celebrating local poets and poetry with a couple of free programs this month. Here’s more.

Everett Library

Everett’s libraries are enjoying expanded hours and activities!

April is National Poetry Month. This year, Everett Public Library will host two free programs to celebrate the importance of poetry in culture.

On Tuesday, April 20 at 5 p.m., Everett Public Library will host Everett Poetry Night at www.crowdcast.io/e/everettpoetry. This free program features two poets who write and reflect on Everett in their work. Steve K. Bertrand and Jeanne-Marie Osterman will talk about poetry and each will read a selection of their Everett-inspired poems.

Steve K. Bertrand is an award-winning poet, historian and photographer. His poems, stories and articles have appeared in numerous publications locally, nationally and internationally. Bertrand has had a long career as a teacher and coach in the Everett School District. The author of over 35 books, Bertrand lives in Mukilteo.

Jeanne-Marie Osterman was born and raised in Everett. She is the author of “There’s a Hum” and “Shellback.” Her poems have appeared in several regional and national publications. A finalist for the 2018 Joy Harjo Poetry Award and 2017 Levis Prize in Poetry, she is poetry editor for cagibilit.com, a journal of prose and poetry.

On Thursday, April 22 at 6:30 p.m., Kevin Craft will host Generation! Poetry Workshop. This hands on session is geared toward anyone with a curiosity about poetry and a desire to unlock their creativity. No previous poetry experience is required. Space is limited and advance registration is required: www.epls.org/poetry.

Kevin Craft is the editor of “Poetry Northwest” and chair of the Department of English at Everett Community College. His books include “Vagrants & Accidentals” and “Solar Prominence” and five volumes of the anthology “Mare Nostrum.”

Both events are free and open to the public. Visit www.epls.org or call 425-257-8000 to learn more about these events and other library programs.


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