[StBernard] St. Bernard Parish Library Celebrating National Poety Month featuring Brod Bagert's Poetry Blast

Westley Annis westley at da-parish.com
Fri Mar 28 09:43:58 EDT 2014

St. Bernard Parish Library Celebrating National Poety Month featuring Brod
Bagert's Poetry Blast

Here in St. Bernard we can normally find of a reason to celebrate just about
anything. So how can a fun-loving library miss the opportunity to celebrate
National Poetry Month; especially when we can celebrate with local,
award-winning author and poet Brod Bagert? We can't! Prepare to have an
explosion of fun at the St. Bernard Parish Library's Saturday Morning Family
Fun program set for April 12th at 10:30 a.m. at the library's main location,
2600 Palmisano Blvd. in Chalmette.

Brod Bagert's Poetry Blast is a free one-hour program designed to bring
poetry to life for library friends of all ages. Brod's presentations have
been described as a kind of theatrical "one man show" that erases the line
between entertainment and instruction. Audiences sigh, cry and laugh out
loud as Brod performs poetry and demonstrates the simple techniques that
empower both children and adults to produce both written and oral language
at higher levels of proficiency. Brod's presentations consistently live up
to the promise that his audiences will hear "poetry like they've never heard
it before." Guests attending the program will have the opportunity to
purchase Brod's books and have them signed.

Brod Bagert has authored 17 books of poetry for children, young adults and
adults. His work has received numerous awards including the International
Reading Association's Young Adults Choices award, the Association of
Educational Publishers Distinguished Achievement Awards, the Independent
Publisher Gold Book Award and Mom's Choices Gold Medal. Brod is also the
creator of the Muse Project-a collaborative effort between teachers and Brod
that brings rock-solid, richly entertaining poetry into the classrooms for
grades K through 8th.

He was born and raised in New Orleans, where he studied classical literature
in the original Latin and Greek, wrestled and boxed, married his high-school
sweetheart, reared four children and practiced law and politics for
twenty-one years. Then, in the summer of 1992, Brod decided to leave the
law behind to become one of America's very few full-time professional poets.

Funding for Brod's visit has been made possible by a generous contribution
from the Louisiana Division of the Arts, Office of Cultural Development,
Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism in cooperation with the
Louisiana State Arts Council as administered by the St. Tammany Commission
on Cultural Affairs.

For more information, please stop by the main library at 2600 Palmisano
Blvd. in Chalmette or call the library at 504-279-0448. Patrons can "like"
the library on Facebook to get updates on library activities and they can
also check out the library's website at www.mysbpl.org

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