TITLE: National Poetry Month at the Library of Congress
SPEAKER: Richard McCann, Kenny Carroll
EVENT DATE: 04/27/2006
RUNNING TIME: 53 minutes
Well-known Washington, D.C., poets Richard McCann and Kenny Carroll and young readers from Brightwood and Stanton elementary schools in the District participated in a National Poetry Month celebration.
The children and the poets read poems from a new anthology, "How to Eat a Poem: Smorgasboard of Tasty and Delicious Poems for Young Readers," which was distributed at the event. Recently published by the Academy of American Poets and the American Poetry and Literacy Project, the anthology includes dozens of poems that appeal to readers of all ages.
Speaker Biography: Richard McCann is the author of "Mother of Sorrows," a work of fiction, and "Ghost Letters," a collection of poems (1994 Beatrice Hawley Award, 1933 Capricorn Poetry Award). He is also the editor (with Michael Klein) of "Things Shaped in Passing: More 'Poets for Life' Writing from the AIDS Pandemic." His fiction, creative nonfiction and poetry have appeared in such magazines as The Atlantic, Ms., Esquire, Ploughshares, Tin House and the Washington Post Magazine, and in numerous anthologies, including "The Penguin Book of Gay Short Stories" and "Best American Essays 2000." For his work, McCann has received grants and awards from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Fulbright Foundation, the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Yaddo, The MacDowell Colony and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts.
Speaker Biography: Kenneth Carroll's poetry, short stories, essays and plays have appeared in numerous publications earning him a Pushcart Prize nomination. He's published in literary magazines and anthologies: "In Search of Color Everywhere," "Bum Rush The Page," Potomac Review, Worcester Review, the Washington Post and Indiana Review among others. Carrolls first collection of poems is entitled "So What!" He's performed at the Kennedy Center, Nuyorican Cafe and Beyond Baroque. As director of DC WritersCorps, he's been cited for community service numerous times and was recognized by The Clinton White House for his achievements. He teaches at Duke Ellington High School for the Arts and the Writer's Center.