Get versed in poetry and join the HP Library poetry reading event

The Highland Park Public Library is having an anniversary party with a poetic flair. The Friends of the Library Poetry Night Series is commemorating the 10th anniversary of its poetry reading series with an event featuring award winning poet Norman Stock, Tuesday, March 24 at 7:30 p.m., Highland Park Public Library, 31 North Fifth Avenue. 

Norman Stock is the author of two books of poetry: “Pickled Dreams Naked” (NYQ Books, 2010) and “Buying Breakfast For My Kamikaze Pilot” (Gibbs Smith, 1994, and the winner of the Peregrine Smith Poetry Contest). His poems have appeared in “The New Republic,” “College English The New York Quarterly,” “Verse,” “The New England Review,” “Denver Quarterly,” and many other magazines, as well as in anthologies and textbooks. The recipient of many prestigious awards, he has also been a Bread Loaf fellow, a Sewanee scholar, and a finalist for Poet Laureate of Queens. His poems have also been published in “The New York Times.”

Formerly the Acquisitions Librarian at Montclair State University, from which he retired in 2005, Mr. Stock lives with his wife, Lydia Chang, a clinical psychotherapist, in Jackson Heights New York.

The poetry Night Series continues on Tuesday, April 21 with Wanda S. Praisner and on Tuesday, May 26 with Sam Friedman, both readings at 7:30 p.m.

For more information about the Friends of the Library Poetry Night Series call the library at 732-572-2750 or go to the website at



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