Harry Potter Day, Star Wars Day and a weekend of comics positions May as one of the geekiest months of the year. To sink our fangs into this theme, we spoke with the Merril Collection‘s Senior Department Head, Sephora Henderson, about the collection and the power of the sci-fi, fantasy and speculative genres!
On April 3, we hosted PoetryNOW: 11th Annual Battle of the Bards, featuring 20 talented poets, each reading four minutes of their work. All poets maximized their limited time and gave us a showing of funny, compelling and beautiful performances. It was a fantastic way to begin National Poetry Month.
All the participants delivered remarkable work, however, it was Doyali Islam who stood out on this day to earn the 2019 title of top bard. We caught up with her to discuss the people she has to thank for her journey so far, the moment she fell in love with poetry and the poet we should all be looking out for.