The Poet's Voice, in its 33rd season, will present the National Children's Poet Laureate, Mary Ann Hoberman, on Sunday, March 21 at 3 p.m. in the Meeting Room at Greenwich Library. Hoberman has lived in Greenwich for over 50 years.
Mary Ann Hoberman is a critically acclaimed poet and well known Greenwich resident. Her first published book of poetry was All My Shoes Come in Two's (1957) which was illustrated by her husband, architect and sculptor, Norman Hoberman. She has followed up with 44 more books, all but two of which are in verse. Her best-known books are A House is a House for Me; The Seven Silly Eaters; and Fathers, Mothers, Sisters, Brothers. This year, Hoberman published three books, All Kinds of Families, Strawberry Hill and The Tree That Time Built, A Celebration of Nature, Science and Imagination, co-edited with Linda Winston.
She has received a National Book Award, the National Council of Teachers of English Award for Excellence in Poetry for Children, a Society of School Librarians International Best Book Award, a National Parenting Publications Awards Gold Medal, and numerous laurels from Child and Parenting magazines.
Spend a magical afternoon with Mary Ann Hoberman as she shares her delightful, engaging poems and the joys of reading. Hoberman will read poems from her many books. As one critic said, "Children's poetry requires precision tools, a childlike ear, a capacity for spirited irreverence, and a scrupulous lack of pretension." Mary Ann will show adults how she engages children in language and poetry. She will talk about her desire to instill a love of poetry among youngsters. The importance and value of memorizing poetry will be explored.
The Poet's Voice is supported by the Horace E. Manacher Poetry Fund and the Friends of Greenwich Library. This program will appeal to adults as well as children ages five and up.