Poetry and Literature
“I ask them to take a poem and hold it up to the light like a color slide...” Billy Collins Read poem
Poet Laureate, Juan Felipe Herrera
Renewed by Acting Librarian of Congress David S. Mao to serve a second term as the 21st Poet Laureate at his Wednesday, April 13th closing lecture, Herrera took up his duties on Tuesday, September 15th—the first day of Hispanic Heritage Month—with a reading of his work at the Library’s Coolidge Auditorium. Herrera launched his Poet Laureate Project—La Casa de Colores—on September 15, 2015 (see details below).
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La Casa de Colores, or “the House of Colors,” is a house for all voices and this year's project of Poet Laureate, Juan Felipe Herrera. La Casa de Colores includes two features: La Familia, an opportunity for you to contribute to an epic poem, with new themes announced each month, and El Jardín, monthly updates of our Laureate’s experiences with the wealth of materials at the Library of Congress.
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The 21st Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry at the Library of Congress, Juan Felipe Herrera, has selected poet Allison Hedge Coke for the 2016 Witter Bynner Fellowship. Learn more
Poetry of America
This 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.
Spotlight on U.S. Hispanic Writers
This 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 a member of the Library'sHispanic Division and reads from his or her work.
Conversations with African Poets and Writers
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.
MAY 19 at 7:00 PM
LIFE OF A POET
Poet Mary Jo Bang will discuss her work with Ron Charles, editor of The Washington Post's Book World. This event is free and open to the public. Learn more
JUNE 13, 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM
FROM THE BLACK ARTS MOVEMENT TO CAVE CANEM
To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Black Arts Movement and the 20th anniversary of Cave Canem, a day-long symposium featuring two panels and a Master Class in children’s literature. Learn more