Peter Cooley, Louisiana’s poet laureate, is one of several poets who will read from their work and talk about poetry at the East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon Ave., in Metairie during April.
Cooley is director of creative writing and senior Mellon Professor in the Humanities at Tulane University. He will speak at 7 p.m. April 28. Cooley’s nine books of poetry are “The Company of Strangers,” “The Room Where Summer Ends,” “Nightseasons,” “The Van Gogh Notebook,” “The Astonished Hours,” “Sacred Conversations,” “A Place Made of Starlight,” “Divine Margins” and “Night Bus to the Afterlife.” His poems have appeared in more than 700 magazines including The New Yorker, The Atlantic, The Paris Review, The Nation, The New Republic and The Southern Review and in more than 100 anthologies. His work appears in three editions of “The Best American Poetry.”
Mark Yakich, English professor at Loyola University, will speak at 7 p.m. April 21. Yakich is editor of New Orleans Review. He is the author of “Unrelated Individuals Forming a Group Waiting to Cross” (National Poetry Series, Penguin 2004), “The Making of Collateral Beauty” (Snowbound Chapbook Award, Tupelo 2006), “Green Zone New Orleans,” “The Importance of Peeling Potatoes in Ukraine,” “Checking In/Checking Out,” and “A Meaning for Wife.”
Bill Lavender, a poet, novelist, editor and teacher living in New Orleans, will speak at 7 p.m. April 14. In 1995, he founded Lavender Ink, a small press devoted mainly to poetry, and he founded Diálogos, an imprint devoted to cross-cultural literatures (mostly in translation) in 2011. His poems, stories and essays have appeared in dozens of print and Web journals and anthologies, with theoretical writings appearing in Contemporary Literature and Poetics Today, among others.
SAL’S GENEALOGY SEMINAR: Sal Serio, curator of the American Italian Research Center at the East Bank Regional Library in Metairie, will discuss “Census: 1910 and 1920” at 1 p.m. Wednesday at the East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie. The session for April 13 focuses on “Immigration and Ship Manifests.”
PROTECT YOUR FINANCIAL RECORDS: This seminar focuses on how identity thieves get your information, what they do once they have it, signs of identity theft, ways to safeguard your information and what to do if your identity is stolen. The first session is at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie. The second session is at 7 p.m. April 13, at the West Bank Regional Library, 2751 Manhattan Blvd., Harvey.
THE LANGUAGE OF JESUS: Wyming Sun, an Aramaic scholar, will present “Aramaic – the Language of Jesus,” at 7 p.m. Thursday at the East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie. Aramaic is a member of the Semitic branch of the Afro-Asiatic language family and has a 3,000-year history. Hebrew is closely related to Aramaic. He has studied linguistics with several noted teachers and was a student of Dr. Rocco Errico, a noted Aramaic scholar of the English speaking world.
EAT HEALTHY SEMINAR: Karen Walker, nutrition agent with the Jefferson Parish office of the LSU AgCenter, leads the last session about the importance of good nutrition at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Lakeshore Branch Library, 1000 W. Esplanade Ave., Metairie. This lesson is “Grains.” The food demonstration involves making quinoa and black bean salad.
WWII DISCUSSION GROUP: Philip Supina will speak on the role of the German soldier on the Russian front at 7 p.m. Thursday at the East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon Ave., in Metairie. Supina earned his doctoral degree in European history and political science from Boston University. Fulbright Scholarships have taken him to Egypt, China and Russia. His father was a Marine, and he says he has “a fanatical interest in World War II.”
CITIZENSHIP CLASSES: The first round of citizenship classes have concluded at the North Kenner Branch Library in Kenner. The next round of free sessions will begin the third week of April and will run for about eight weeks. Classes are conducted by Catholic Charities.
Two more eight-week sessions will occur later this year. For information or to register, contact Reyna Croft, Citizenship Project manager, Catholic Charities Archdiocese of New Orleans, (504) 310-6922, or simply come on the night of the class.
All programs at the library are free of charge and are open to the public. For information about programs at the 15 branches of the Jefferson Parish Library, go to http://www.jplibrary.net/ or friend the library’s Facebook page for daily programming updates.