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Storyteller to Discuss Conservation During Two Main Library Programs

Storyteller to Discuss Conservation During Two Main Library Programs

Award-winning storyteller and writer Joseph Bruchac will discuss the "Language of Conservation" during two programs at the Main Library.

Bruchac will present "Family Trees," a family story hour focusing on Nature and Native American traditions at 4 p.m. Thursday, December 10 in the Youth Services Department of the Main Library. At 6:30 that evening, he will read from his book "Poems for the Earth" in the Main Library's Darragh Center.

Bruchac holds a bachelor of arts from Cornell University, a master of arts in Literature and Creative Writing from Syracuse and a doctorate degree in comparative literature from the Union Institute of Ohio. He is a founder and co-director of the Greenfield Review Literary Center and The Greenfield Review Press. He has edited numerous anthologies of contemporary poetry and fiction and his poems, articles and stories have appeared in more than 500 publications, including American Poetry Review, Cricket and Aboriginal Voices to National Geographic, Parabola and Smithsonian Magazine. He has authored more than 120 books for adults and children.

His honors include a Rockefeller Humanities fellowship, a National Endowment for the Arts Writing Fellowship for Poetry, the Cherokee Nation Prose Award, the Knickerbocker Award, the Hope S. Dean Award for Notable Achievement in Children's Literature and both the 1998 Writer of the Year Award and the 1998 Storyteller of the Year Award from the Wordcraft Circle of Native Writers and Storytellers.

Bruchac's talk is part of a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services and Poets House. The Central Arkansas Library System is one of five public libraries chosen to participate in the nationwide program which asks libraries, zoos, and poets to work together to curate, design, and install poetry throughout the zoo to promote visitor awareness about wildlife conservation.