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After Hours: Poetry and the Natural World

Friday, February 17th
Main Reading Room - 7:00pm
Wine reception at 6:30pm for pre-registered guests.

Registration highly recommended. Click here to register.
(If registration for this event is full, there is a good chance you can still get a seat. Registration may re-open as cancellations occur, or feel free to stop by the night of the event and join the wait line. )

For adults and high school students only. No one younger will be admitted. This event is free and open to the public.

In this third installment of the Poetry Society of America’s (PSA) national series, which travels to five cities, local resident Jane Hirshfield and former United States Poet Laureate Robert Pinsky (1997-2000) will share poems that are in conversation with, or are inspired by, nature. A conversation moderated by Alice Quinn, PSA’s Executive Director, will follow the readings.

Jane Hirshfield’s eighth poetry book, The Beauty, was long-listed for the National Book Award. Ten Windows: How Great Poems Transform the World, received the Northern CA Book Award. Previous honors include fellowships from Guggenheim and Rockefeller foundations, the Academy of American Poets, and the NEA. She is currently serving as a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets. Hirshfield has taught at Stanford and UC Berkeley.

Robert Pinsky (At the Foundling Hospital, 2016) founded the Favorite Poem Project. His The Inferno of Dante translation won the LA Times Book Award in Poetry and Harold Morton Landon translation prize. Other awards: Lenore Marshall Prize, Korean Manhae Prize, Italian Premio Capri, and Pen American Center Lifetime Achievement Award. He is a William Fairfield Warren Distinguished Professor at Boston University.

Photo by Flickr user Macroscopic Solutions


What is After Hours and First Friday?
Debuting in January 2011 in celebration of the Library's centennial year, the ongoing "First Fridays" and "After Hours" series presents different narratives, ideas and presentations that an audience might otherwise not consider or experience. After Hours is for adults and high school students.

The Venue:
The Library's Main Reading Room is transformed into a beautiful venue for After Hours events. Built in 1966, the Library is nestled among the redwoods in an award-winning building and reflects the diverse intellectual interests of the community.

The Experience:
Programs typically last 90 minutes (includes Q&A). After Hours features a wine reception before the program. Patrons enjoy the intimate atmosphere and ability to meet our presenters. Attendance ranges between 250 to 300 people per event.