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April Poetry And Jazz Events At Norwalk Public Library

The Norwalk Public Library will be the site of poetry and jazz events in April.
The Norwalk Public Library will be the site of poetry and jazz events in April. Photo Credit: File

NORWALK, Conn. -- The city of Norwalk will continue its tradition of celebrating both National Poetry Month and Jazz Appreciation Month with citywide celebrations of both mediums Friday, April 1.

In addition this year, Mayor Harry Rilling will announce Norwalk’s first poet laureate at a special function at the main library. The poet laureate will present work, with Norwalk’s own Jim Clark to look at “What is Jazz?” and how the two art forms intersect.

The following Friday, April 8, the library will host the second annual Evening of Jazz and Poetry at the Norwalk Inn. This “date night” event is hosted by local musician and writer Neddy Smith. Smith and company provide the jazz, and Norwalk Notables will read their own favorite poems. On Sunday, April 10, Emily Dickinson will visit the main library to share her life and work. On Monday, April 11, there will be a celebration of the 50th anniversary of Fair Housing Month, with jazz and poetry in city hall’s community room.

This event will feature Rilling and the Norwalk Next Generation Chorus, plus some young poets. All month long there will be a special sale of poetry books in the new Friends’ Bookshop in the main library.

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