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75th Anniversary Poetry of America Interview Series African Poets and Writers

Poet Laureate, Natasha Trethewey

Natasha TretheweyLibrarian of Congress James H. Billington has appointed Natasha Trethewey to serve a second term as U.S. Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry. She will follow previous multiyear laureates—such as Kay Ryan, Ted Kooser, and Billy Collins—and undertake a signature project: a regular feature on the PBS NewsHour Poetry Series.
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Natasha Trethewey's Poet Laureate Project: "Where Poetry Lives"

During her second term, the Laureate is participating in a series of reports with PBS NewsHour Senior Correspondent Jeffrey Brown, as part of the show's Poetry Series. These reports, in locations across the country, explore societal issues through poetry's focused lens. Learn more and view webcasts

From the Catbird Seat: Poetry and Literature Blog

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Honoree Fanonne JeffersJake Adam York2014 Witter Bynner Fellows

Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry, Natasha Trethewey, selected poet Honorée Fanonne Jeffers as the recipient of a Witter Bynner Fellowship and named poet Jake Adam York posthumously as a fellow.
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Poetry of America

Image of Walt WhitmanThis new series 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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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.
Author Cynthia Levinson on "The 1963 Birmingham Children's March"

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Upcoming Events

April 18, 12:00 Noon
INTERNATIONAL LITERATURE.
Spanish-Argentinian writer Andrés Neuman will read and discuss his forthcoming novel, Talking to Ourselves. Book sales and a signing will follow. This event is free and open to the public.
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April 22, 12:00 Noon
LITERARY BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION: VLADIMIR NABOKOV.
Authors Dinaw Mengestu and Azar Nafisi will celebrate the birthday of Russian novelist Vladimir Nabokov. The event is free and open to the public.
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April 23, 7:00 p.m.
THE LIFE OF A POET: EDWARD HIRSCH.
As part of new series, The Washington Post Fiction Editor Ron Charles will conduct an in-depth interview with poet Edward Hirsch. This event is free and open to the public.
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Webcasts and Podcasts

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A Celebration of American Poets Laureate

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