Spring is the season of poets, and April is National Poetry Month. So, this is the ideal time to celebrate poems and the artists who create them.
Yonkers Poet Laureate Golda Solomon will be sharing her love of poetry through a series of events this month at Yonkers Public Library‘s Riverfront Library. Activities are suitable for poetry-lovers of all ages. They will feature poetry readings, poetry drawings, and poem writing.
Special guests during the month include Katori Walker—self-taught author and visual artist, Phylisha Villanueva—teaching artist and poet, and trilingual poet Poonam Srivastava.
During the month of April, visitors to Riverfront Library can also view the poetry-inspired photography exhibit, “Memories of Go Fly A Poem Day”. This visual display features works by John Maney, Jr. and Kevin Suttlehan is curated by Suttlehan Photography.
Celebrate with Yonkers’ First Poet Laureate
Golda Solomon, Adjunct Associate Professor in the Speech, Communications and Theatre Arts Department at Borough of Manhattan Community College, was named Yonkers’ first poet laureate by Mayor Mike Spano in 2022. Solomon grew up in Brooklyn, and earned a bachelor’s degree and masters in speech from Brooklyn College. She has been a speech professor since 1968. And, she currently teaches communications and public speaking part-time and mentors students in poetry.
In addition to her collections of poetry, Flatbush Cowgirl and Medicine Woman of Jazz, Solomon is also renowned for her contributions to the local jazz community, with recordings including Po’Jazz: Takin’ It To the Hollow, and We Are.
Drop in at Yonkers Riverfront Library during April for events suitable for poetry lovers of all ages.
National Poetry Month Celebrations
Riverfront Library | 2nd Floor Children’s Library
One Larkin Center, Yonkers
April 1st – 1 to 4 p.m.
Poet Laureate Golda Solomon with artist and poet Phylisha Villanueva
April 15th – 1 to 4 p.m.
Poet Laureate Golda Solomon with trilingual poet Poonam Srivastava
April 29th – 1 to 4 p.m.
Poet Laureate Golda Solomon with poet, visual artist and performer Katori Walker
National Poetry Month was founded in 1996 by the Academy of American Poets and is recognized as the largest celebration of poetic arts in the world.