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Breathe-in experience,
breathe-out poetry.
- Muriel Rukeyser

Walk into any library and you may come face-to-face with a dancer, painter, weaver, writer - who may also be a father, sister, auntie or brother. And just like the creative customers we serve, library staff tap artistic media to share their experiences. For example, listen to the staff poets below.

2015 Pulitzer Prize Winners

Pulitzer Prize

The 2015 Pulitzer Prize winners and finalists have been announced:

All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

Between Riverside and Crazy by Stephen Adly Guirgis

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Plaza Voices: National Poetry Month

Argentinian writer Alfonsina Storni.

Nadia R., a DPL Plaza staff member, writes:

We love American poetry! Who hasn’t enjoyed the rural scenarios of Robert Frost, the boldness of Maya Angelou, the mysterious darkness of Edgar Allan Poe, and the work of many more great American poets?

Getting to Know Colorado Wildflowers

Colorado's Best Wildflower Hikes

The weather outside right now isn't exactly inviting--first it rains, then it snows, then it rains again. It's a good day to be inside. But snow or no snow, we all know winter is finished, and all this moisture means the hillsides are about to be covered with wildflowers. Most Coloradans recognize famous one like the Rocky Mountain Columbine, but what about the lesser-known wildflowers? Have you met the Blue Toadflax? How about the Curvepod Fumewort? Little Pink Elephants? I haven't, I'm afraid, but I've decided this is the year I will.

A Period in U.S. History Never to Be Forgotten

Gateway to Freedom by Eric Foner

Growing up in the northeast, I had always assumed albeit naively that slavery only existed in the southern states. Years later, I was looking at statistics pertaining to the U.S. slavery population prior to the Civil War on the U.S. Census website and was I surprised. Much to my dismay it existed everywhere even in my hometown, the city of New York. How shocking that was.

Tiptree Award Winners--and New Tiptree Fellowships

My Real Children

The James Tiptree, Jr. Award is one of my favorites for a lot of reasons. The award was named after James Tiptree, Jr, aka Alice B. Sheldon, whose use of a male pen name, when discovered, prompted much discussion of whether the act of writing itself is gendered.

Mindfulness at Noon: Extra Servings of Mindfulness for Better Health

How to Eat

A wise woman once said "Your body hears everything your mind says." That woman was Naomi Judd. Okay, I don't know how wise she is, but I sure connected with that quote. And I figure someone who has faced serious health issues and spent much of her life touring must know something about how stress impacts your body!

Denver Public Library Celebrates National Poetry Month

"Poetry is an echo, asking a shadow to dance."
Carl Sandburg

April is National Poetry Month, initiated in 1996, by the Academy of American Poets.

The purpose was to highlight the effects of Poetry in all facets of culture, both on a national and international scale, and a way to focus on the importance of poetic expression in our daily lives.

2015 PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction Winner

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2015 PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction Winner

Atticus Lish is the winner of the 2015 PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction for his novel Preparation for the Next Life (Tyrant Books).

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