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The Deerfield Public Library Podcast

Thoughtful, in-depth conversations with authors of all genres and other notable people from Chicagoland and around the world. A monthly program from the Deerfield Public Library in Deerfield, IL, hosted by Dylan Zavagno. Our archives include episodes from the Library's John Cotton Dana Award-winning series, The Fight to Integrate Deerfield: 60 Year Reflection; our Pride Month series, Queer Poem-a-Day; and our local history audio tours.
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Now displaying: July, 2018
Jul 12, 2018

Herb Berman, MJ Gabrielsen, and Jacqueline Nicole Harris. They are all members of the Library Poets group, which meets every Tuesday evening at the Library for a poetry workshop.

You’ll hear a wide variety of poems, covering nighttime walks through Deerfield, the drama of wild horses, and the politics of Beyoncé. We also discuss the inspirations and stories behind the poems.

Meet the poets

First up is Herb Berman, a retired labor lawyer, arbiter and mediator, and a co-founder of the Library Poets group. Herb reads his poems “Ugly Poets” (nominated for a Pushcart prize) and “Twilight.”

MJ Gabrielsen, another co-founder, is our second poet. MJ reads “Egret” and “After Wildfires,” the latter of which appears in her forthcoming chapbook Watching Earth, available from Redbird Chapbooks this summer.

Closing our show is Jacqueline Nicole Harris, whose most recent book On Life won the 2017 Black Caucus of the American Library Association Self-Publishing Literary Award for Poetry. Jacqueline reads “America (Why You Mad?)” and "The Open Wound in My Heart.”  You can check out her books On Life and 7 Random Things at the library.

 

If you’d like more information about the Library Poets group or how to join, email deerfieldworkshop@gmail.com.

We hope you enjoy 18th episode! Each month we’ll be releasing an episode featuring a conversation with a dynamic guest with a Deerfield connection. Learn more about the podcast on our podcast page.

You can listen to all of our episodes in the player below or on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Google Play, or anywhere else you listen to podcasts. We welcome your comments and feedback—please send to podcast@deerfieldlibrary.org.

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