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Press Release - 2020 Poems from Life

Pa. Center for the Book announces 2020 Poems from Life with Juniper Village

March 09, 2020

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. —The Pennsylvania Center for the Book has released the 2020 Poems from Life with Juniper Village. The fourth annual event is a project developed in partnership with Juniper Village Senior Living at Brookline, to share and celebrate the lives of Juniper residents with original individualized poems presented by local poets.

This year’s Poems from Life poets include:

  • Michael Bourgo, Penn State Olli
  • Peter Buck, Penn State Sustainability Institute
  • Joe Bueter, Penn State English Department
  • Carolyne Meehan, Penn State College of Education
  • Kathleen Morrow, Penn State Communication Arts & Sciences, alumna
  • Camille-Yvette Welsch, Penn State English Department.

Each poet meets with a Juniper Village resident over several weeks and then writes an original poem to celebrate the resident’s life and contribute to Juniper’s mission of “nurturing the spirit of life.” Residents being celebrated this year include: Edward Bellis, Margaret (Peggy) Cole, Susanne Hinrichs, Harriet O'Brien, Lois Taylor and Fred Thompson.

In response to coronavirus precautions, recordings of poets reading their work will be made available online in lieu of the celebratory reading held at Juniper Village Senior Living at Brookline each year.

More about Juniper Village and the continuum of care it provides can be found at: https://junipercommunities.com/community/brookline-senior-living/.

The Pennsylvania Center for the Book, sponsored by Barbara I. Dewey, dean of University Libraries and Scholarly Communications, and Penn State University Libraries, is an affiliate of the Center for the Book at the Library of Congress. It encourages Pennsylvania’s citizens and residents to study, honor, celebrate and promote books, reading, libraries and literacy.

In addition to Poems from Life, it also administers the Lee Bennett Hopkins Poetry Award, the Lynd Ward Graphic Novel Prize, the Public Poetry Project, Wordstruck: Micro Essays on Literature, A Baker’s Dozen: The Best Children’s Books for Family Literacy, Words of Art, and the interactive Literary & Cultural Heritage Map of Pennsylvania.

For more information about the Pennsylvania Center for the Book’s Poems from Life with Juniper Village project, contact Nicole Miyashiro, editor, at nmm16@psu.edu, or visit https://pabook.libraries.psu.edu/poems-life, where videos from its previous years can also be found.

Penn State News

 

Press Release - 2019 Poems from Life

Pa. Center for the Book announces 2019 Poems from Life with Juniper Village

March 11, 2019

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — The Pennsylvania Center for the Book has selected poets and celebrated residents for the third annual 2019 Poems from Life with Juniper Village, a project developed in partnership with Juniper Village Senior Living at Brookline, in State College, Pennsylvania, to share and celebrate the lives of its residents with original, individualized poems presented by local poets. 

This year’s Poems from Life poets include:

  • Michael Bourgo, Penn State Olli
  • Peter Buckland, Penn State Sustainability Institute
  • Joe Bueter, Penn State English Department
  • Steve Deutsch, Penn State Artificial Heart & Cardiovascular Fluid Dynamics Lab, semi-retired
  • Hannah Inglesby, Centre County writer and Free-Range poet
  • Rachael Lyon, Penn State English Department
  • Mary Rohrer-Dann, Penn State English Department
  • Teresa Stouffer, Bellefonte Elementary Special Education, retired
  • Camille-Yvette Welsch, Penn State English Department.

Each poet meets with a Juniper Village resident over several weeks and then writes an original poem to celebrate the resident’s life and contribute to Juniper Village’s mission of “nurturing the spirit of life.” 

Residents being celebrated this year include Dick Backastow, Darlene Bartron, Betty “BB” Leasure Blazer, June Brown, Helen Cummings, Jim Delansky, Coach Harry Groves, Donald James and Chuck Noel.

Each poet will present their Poems from Life piece at a celebratory reading held at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 9, on the campus of Juniper Village Senior Living at Brookline, 1930 Cliffside Drive, State College. The event is free and open to the public.

The Pennsylvania Center for the Book, sponsored by Barbara I. Dewey, dean of University Libraries and Scholarly Communications, and Penn State University Libraries, is an affiliate of the Center for the Book at the Library of Congress. It encourages Pennsylvania’s citizens and residents to study, honor, celebrate and promote books, reading, libraries and literacy.

In addition to Poems from Life, the Pennsylvania Center for the Book also administers the Lee Bennett Hopkins Poetry Award, the Lynd Ward Graphic Novel Prize, the Public Poetry Project, Letters About Literature, A Baker’s Dozen: The Best Children’s Books for Family Literacy, Words of Art and the interactive Literary and Cultural Heritage Map of Pennsylvania

For more information about the Pennsylvania Center for the Book’s Poems from Life with Juniper Village project, please email Nicole Miyashiro, editor, at nmm16@psu.edu, or visit https://pabook.libraries.psu.edu/poems-life, where videos from previous years’ celebratory readings can also be found.

Penn State News

 

Press Release - 2018 Poems from Life

Pennsylvania Center for the Book announces 2018 Poems from Life Project, in partnership with Juniper Village, takes place April 24

March 02, 2018

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — The Pennsylvania Center for the Book has announced the second annual Poems from Life with Juniper Village, a project developed in partnership with Juniper Village Senior Living at Brookline, to share and celebrate the lives of Juniper residents with original, individualized poems presented by local poets. This event is free and open to the public.

At 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 24, each poet will present their Poems from Life piece at a celebratory reading on the Juniper Village campus, located at 1930 Cliffside Drive in State College. Each poet meets with a Juniper Village resident over several weeks and then writes an original poem to celebrate the resident’s life and contribute to Juniper’s mission of “nurturing the spirit of life.”

This year’s Poems from Life poets include: Peter Buckland of the Penn State Sustainability Institute; Joe Bueter, Penn State English Department; Steve Deutsch, Penn State Artificial Heart & Cardiovascular Fluid Dynamics Lab, semi-retired; Margie Gaffron of Mid-State Literacy Council; Michael Martin Garrett, Communications and Marketing at Penn State School of International Affairs; Lee Peterson, Penn State English Department and Women’s Studies; Abby Minor, MFA Program in Creative Writing at Penn State, alumna; Lisa Mangini, Penn State English Department); and Camille-Yvette Welsch, Penn State English Department.

More about Juniper Village and the continuum of care it provides can be found at: https://junipercommunities.com/community/brookline-senior-living/.

The Pennsylvania Center for the Book, an affiliate of the Center for the Book at the Library of Congress, encourages Pennsylvania’s citizens and residents to study, honor, celebrate and promote books, reading, libraries and literacy. In addition to Poems from Life, it also administers the Lee Bennett Hopkins Poetry Award, the Lynd Ward Graphic Novel Prize, the Public Poetry Project, Letters About Literature; A Baker’s Dozen: The Best Children’s Books for Family Literacy; and the interactive Literary & Cultural Heritage Map of Pennsylvania.

For more information about the Pennsylvania Center for the Book’s Poems from Life with Juniper Village project, please contact Nicole Miyashiro, editor, at nmm16@psu.edu, or visit https://pabook.libraries.psu.edu/poems-life, where videos from its inaugural year can also be found.

Penn State News

 

[No Press Release in the 2017 Poems from Life inaugural year]