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Poet Laureate, Charles Wright

Charles WrightLibrarian of Congress James H. Billington has appointed Charles Wright to serve as the 20th Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry. He will follow Natasha Trethewey, who served two terms in the position, and give an opening reading at the Library on September 25th.

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Poetry of America

Image of Walt WhitmanThis series was launched is part of the Center’s 75th Anniversary celebration. Through two features, “Poetry of American Identity” and “Poetry of American History,” leaders in the literary field explore how poetry connects to the following themes: immigration and migration, work and industry, social change, and peace and war.

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Spotlight on U.S. Hispanic Writers

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This new series features emerging and established American poets and prose writers of Hispanic descent who write predominantly in English. In each segment the featured poet or writer participates in a moderated discussion with the chief of the Hispanic Division, as well as reads from his or her work.

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Conversations with African Poets and Writers

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Launched in the fall of 2011 with Ali Mazrui, who gave a talk on the state of contemporary African literature, this series (presented here as webcasts of past programs) has followed with readings/discussions with emerging and established novelists, poets, and short story writers from around the Continent.

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Interview Series

Cynthia LevinsonAs part of the Poetry and Literature Center’s 75th Anniversary, this new series features emerging and established literary writers in a dynamic and thought-provoking conversation.

“Room Enough to Say What I Mean”: An Interview with Lyrae Van Clief-Stefanon
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Upcoming Events

SEPTEMBER 11 at 4 PM
International Literature: Okinawan Literature with Frank Stewart, Katsunori Yamazato, and Brenda Shaughnessy
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SEPTEMBER 15 at 12 PM
Maureen Corrigan on The Great Gatsby
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SEPTEMBER 17 at 12 PM
The Life of a Poet: Mary Szybist will discuss her poetry with Ron Charles
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SEPTEMBER 19 at 4 PM
National Student Poet Inaugural Reading
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SEPTEMBER 25 at 7 PM
Poet Laureate Inaugural Reading
with Charles Wright
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Webcasts and Podcasts

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A Celebration of American Poets Laureate

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