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Three-year-old Lorelei Coppolecchia of Hartsdale wears purple face paint that matches her purple outfit during the Town of Greenburgh’s annual “Spooktoberfest” at Hart’s Brook Preserve on Saturday, Oct. 15.

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Folklorist ponders the poetry of the everyday

By Jackie Lupo

Steve Zeitlin is the kind of scholar who doesn’t believe everything worth reading can be found within the pages of a literary journal or a glossy bestseller. What he finds far more intriguing is the way everyday folks turn to storytelling, time and time again, to record and respond to the events in their lives. That’s the idea behind the Hastings resident’s latest book, “The Poetry of Everyday Life: Storytelling and the Art of Awareness” (Cornell University Press).

Zeitlin, 68, is a professional folklorist as well as a poet. The founding director of City Lore, a nonprofit center for urban folklore in Manhattan, he has been studying the creative products of “just folks” for his entire career. After graduating from Bucknell University with a degree in literature, he went on to earn his Ph.D. in folklore from the University of Pennsylvania (where his wife and colleague at City Lore, Amanda Dargan, also earned her doctorate in the same subject).

“What inspired me was the possibility that you could make a career out of listening to different people’s stories,” Zeitlin said.

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Steve Zeitlin outside the Hastings Station Café.