On Friday, April 1, 2016, the city of Norwalk will continue its tradition of celebrating both National Poetry Month and Jazz Appreciation Month with a citywide celebration at the main library.
Mayor Harry Rilling will introduce Norwalk’s first Poet Laureate who will share original poetry. Norwalk’s own Jim Clark will present “What is Jazz”, and with his daughter and the Poet Laureate will demonstrate how the two art forms intersect.
The following Friday, April 8, the library will host the second annual Evening of Jazz and Poetry at the Norwalk Inn. This “date night” event is hosted by local musician and writer Neddy Smith. Neddy and company provide the jazz and Norwalk Notables will read their own favorite poems.
On Sunday, April 10, Emily Dickinson will visit the main library to share her life and work. Monday April 11 will be a celebration of Norwalk Fair Housing’s 30th anniversary and the 48th anniversary of the Fair Housing Act, the Forgotten Civil Right with Jazz and Poetry in City Hall’s Community Room. This event will feature Mayor Harry Rilling, Darnell Crosland, Esq., President, Norwalk NAACP, Mike Camacho and Friends Jazz Band, and the Norwalk Next Generation Chorus, plus some young poets.
All month long there will be a special sale of Poetry books in the new Friends’ Bookshop in the Main Library. Norwalk Transit buses will have poetry on each bus thanks to the support of the Norwalk Arts Commission, and, don’t forget, April 21 is Poem in your Pocket Day!
Friday, April 1 from 5:30 pm - 7 pmMayor Rilling announcement of Poet LaureateJim Clark, “what is Jazz?”Main library
Friday, April 8 from 6 pm - 9 pmEvening of jazz and poetryNeddy Smith headlinerNorwalk Inn
Sunday, April 10 at 2:00 pm Emily Dickenson Main Library
Monday, April 11 from 6 pm - 7:30 pmCelebration of fair housing month through Jazz and PoetryMayor Rilling, Darnell Crosland, Esq., Mike Camacho and Friends Jazz Band, and the Norwalk Next Generation Chorus City Hall community room