In celebration of National Poetry Month, the New Canaan Library and resident and writer Gwen North Reiss will present "Fire Engines and Red Wheelbarrows: A Community Poetry Reading" at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 9.
Reiss, who directs the poetry group at St. Mark's Church in New Canaan, is curator of the program and will introduce a group of selected local poets, who range from school-age children to senior citizens. She will also read verse from the new issue of Rhino, a literary annual based in Evanston, Ill., as well as her own poems.
The title of the event, conceived by Reiss, refers to two poems by William Carlos Williams, "The Red Wheelbarrow" and "The Great Figure."
Reiss is a graduate of Yale College with a degree in literature. She began her career in book publishing at Houghton Mifflin as a senior publicist. She also is a freelance writer, and the author of a children's book, "The Winter Lodge."
Her poems have been published in the Connecticut Review, the Atlanta Review and Fairfield University's Dogwood.
She attended Middlebury's Bread Loaf Writers' Conference in 2009 and has taken poetry workshop classes at the 92nd Street Y's Unterberg Poetry Center. Her poem "Illuminated" won the 92nd Street Y's Rachel Wetzsteon Prize in 2012.
Her articles on architecture have appeared in Preservation, Connecticut Cottages & Gardens and the New York Times, as well as on the Glass House blog. She works part-time for the Glass House as a guide and occasional blogger and was moderator for the 2013 Conversations in Context program.
To register, visit newcanaanlibrary.org.