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Kevin Young and his book African American Poetry: 250 Years of Struggle and Song alongside Langston Hughes
Daniel Tures, February 01, 2021

African American History Month begins today; on February 1 we also celebrate the birthday of Langston Hughes, one of the most powerful voices in American poetry.


Colorful graphic of acrostic poems words
Christa Deitrick, August 31, 2020

Here is the last batch of acrostics written by staff members of the Los Angeles Public Library. It’s amazing how a simple exercise like this can add a welcome jot of fun to our daily lives.


Colorful graphic of acrostic poems words
Christa Deitrick, August 27, 2020

Read on for the second batch of astonishing acrostics written by the bards of the Los Angeles Public Library!


Colorful graphic of ccrostic poems words
Christa Deitrick, August 25, 2020

At long last, here is the first batch of acrostic poems written by Los Angeles Public Library staff members. They are as charming and unique as the individuals that penned them. Enjoy, and stay tuned for the next two installments!


Walt Whitman by G. Frank E. Pearsall 1869
Keith Chaffee, June 29, 2020

On July 4, 1855, the first edition of Walt Whitman’s Leaves of Grass was published. Controversial at the time, Leaves of Grass is now acknowledged as one of the most important American collections of poetry.


photo of visitors at Grand Central Market in Los Angeles
Christa Deitrick, May 29, 2020

We hope you’ve enjoyed the scrumdiddlyumptious poems created by Los Angeles Public Library staff members as part of our celebration of Asian Pacific Heritage Month. Thanks for sticking with us all the way to the dessert course!


Famous Chinese cuisine dishes on table
Christa Deitrick, May 26, 2020

Here they are—the last few tankas written by Los Angeles Public Library staffers in celebration of Asian Pacific Heritage Month. It’s not too late to join in the fun by posting your own poem to Instagram.


collage with pizza, watermelon and pancakes
Christa Deitrick, May 22, 2020

As we head into Memorial Day Weekend and the feasting that often involves, consider this latest group of poems as your appetizer.


forks, spoons, and knives
Christa Deitrick, May 19, 2020

As part of our celebration of Asian Pacific Heritage Month, Los Angeles Public Library staffers were challenged to write a haiku or tanka poem about their favorite food. We unveiled the first group of haikus last Friday, and now it’s tanka time!


photo collage with ramen soup, cappuccino and baguette bread
Christa Deitrick, May 15, 2020

Last week we threw out a new poetry prompt for the month of May, asking Los Angeles Public Library staff to write a poem about their favorite food or dish.


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