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August 2014

Sunday, August 31, 2:30 PM
DECATUR BOOK FESTIVAL’S “WHERE POETRY LIVES” FEATURE

19th Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry Natasha Trethewey and Senior PBS NewsHour Correspondent Jeffrey Brown will participate in a discussion about Trethewey’s signature project, “Where Poetry Lives.”

Location: First Baptist Decatur Sanctuary Stage (308 Clairemont Avenue), Decatur, GA
Contact: (202) 707-5394

September 2014

Thursday, September 4, 12:00 Noon
BAGLEY WRIGHT LECTURE SERIES: JOSHUA BECKMAN

As part of the ongoing series, poet and Wave Books editor Joshua Beckman will give a lecture on poetry. This event is free and open to the public.

Location: Mary Pickford Theater, 3rd Floor, James Madison Building <view map>
Contact: (202) 707-5394

Thursday, September 11, 4:00 PM
INTERNATIONAL LITERATURE: OKINAWAN LITERATURE

Writer/editor Frank Stewart and scholar/translator Katsunori Yamazato will read from the MANOA special feature “Living Spirit: Literature and Resurgence in Okinawa” and participate in a moderated discussion with poet Brenda Shaughnessy. This event is free and open to the public. Co-sponsored by the Library’s Asian Division and presented in partnership with MANOA: A Pacific Journal of International Writing.

Location: Mumford Room, James Madison Building (sixth floor) <view map>
Contact: (202) 707-5394

Monday, September 15, 12:00 Noon
MAUREEN CORRIGAN ON THE GREAT GATSBY

NPR’s Fresh Air book critic Maureen Corrigan will discuss her new book, So We Read On: How The Great Gatsby Came to Be and Why It Endures. This event is free and open to the public. Co-sponsored by the Library’s Humanities and Social Sciences Division.

Location: Mumford Room, James Madison Building (sixth floor) <view map>
Contact: (202) 707-5394

Wednesday, September 17, 7:00 PM
THE LIFE OF A POET: MARY SZYBIST

National Book Award winner Mary Szybist will discuss her poetry with Ron Charles, editor of The Washington Post's Book World. This event is free and open to the public. Reservations are required. Co-sponsored by the Hill Center and the Washington Post.

Location: Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital (921 Pennsylvania Ave. SE)
Contact: (202) 707-5394

Friday, September 19, 4:00 PM
NATIONAL STUDENT POET INAUGURAL READING

Join us for the celebration of the National Student Poets Program, the nation’s highest honor for youth poets creating original work, and the inaugural reading of the 2014 class. Presented in partnership with the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities, the Institute of Museum and Library Services, and the Alliance for Young Artists and Writers.

Location: Whittall Pavilion, Thomas Jefferson Building (ground floor) <view map>
Contact: (202) 707-5394

Thursday, September 25, 7:00 PM
POET LAUREATE INAUGURAL READING

Charles Wright will give his inaugural reading as the 20th Poet Laureate Consultant to the Library of Congress. This event is free and open to the public.

Location: Coolidge Auditorium, Thomas Jefferson Building (ground floor) <view map>
Contact: (202) 707-5394

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October 2014

Thursday, October 2, 12:00 Noon
LITERARY BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION: WALLACE STEVENS

Poets Jennifer Michael Hecht and Peter Streckfus will celebrate the birthday of poet Wallace Stevens by reading selections from his work and discussing his influence on their own writing. This event is free and open to the public, and will feature a display from the Library’s collections. Co-sponsored by the Library’s Rare Book and Special Collections Division.

Location: Dining Room A, sixth floor, James Madison Building <view map>
Contact: (202) 707-5394

Tuesday, October 7, 6:30 PM
INTERNATIONAL LITERATURE: TRANSLATING THE POETRY OF ROBERT PINSKY

9th Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry Robert Pinsky will read and discuss the translation of his poems into Spanish for his bilingual book Ginza Samba: Selected Poems, with translator Luis Alberto Ambroggio. This event is free and open to the public. Books sales and a signing will follow. Co-sponsored by the Library of Congress Hispanic Division.

Location: Montpelier, 6th Floor, James Madison Building <view map>
Contact: (202) 707-5394

Tuesday, October 14, 12:00 Noon
LECTURE: DANA GIOIA ON “POETRY AS ENCHANTMENT”

Dana Gioia, poet, essayist, and former chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts, will discuss the relationship between poetry and music and explore the ways in which poetry achieves its special expressive power. This event is free and open to the public.

Location: Whittall Pavilion, ground floor, Thomas Jefferson Building <view map>
Contact: (202) 707-5394

Tuesday, October 14, 6:00 PM
WITTER BYNNER STATE READING WITH HONORÉE FANONNE JEFFERS

Witter Bynner fellow Honorée Fanonne Jeffers discusses Phillis Wheatley and reads from The Age of Phillis, her new book on the 18th century poet. This event is free and open to the public. Co-sponsored by the Center for the Book and the Oklahoma Center for the Book.

Location: Goddard Art Center, 401 1st Ave SW Ardmore, OK 73401
Contact: (210) 734-9673

Friday, October 17, 12:00 Noon
CONVERSATIONS WITH AFRICAN POETS & WRITERS: VERONIQUE TADJO

Côte d'Ivoirean writer Veronique Tadjo will read selections from her work and participate in a moderated discussion with Marieta Harper, Africa Area Specialist in the African and Middle Eastern Division. This event is free and open to the public. Co-sponsored by the Library of Congress African and Middle Eastern Division, and presented in partnership with The Africa Society of the National Summit on Africa.

Location: African and Middle Eastern Division Reading Room, LJ-220, Thomas Jefferson Building
Contact: (202) 707-5394

Saturday, October 25, 1:45 PM
TEXAS BOOK FESTIVAL: A CONVERSATION ON POETRY

Pulitzer Prize finalist and Texas state Poet Laureate Dean Young discusses favorite poems with Poetry and Literature Center Head Robert Casper. This event is free and open to the public. For more information visit www.texasbookfestival.org.

Location: Capitol Auditorium Room E1.004, Texas State Capitol Extension, 1100 Congress Avenue, Austin, TX
Contact: (202) 707-5394

Thursday, October 30, 4:00 PM
ASIAN AMERICAN LITERATURE TODAY: YIYUN LI

MacArthur “Genius” fellow Yiyun Li will read from her work and discuss the state of Asian American literature. This event is free and open to the public. Book sales and a signing will follow. Presented in partnership with the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center; The Asian American Literary Review; and the Asian American Studies Program, University of Maryland.

Location: Mumford Room, sixth floor, James Madison Building <view map>
Contact: (202) 707-5394

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November 2014

Tuesday, November 4, 7:00 PM
THE LIFE OF A POET: AUGUST KLEINZAHLER

National Book Critics Circle Award winner August Kleinzahler will discuss his poetry with Ron Charles, editor of The Washington Post's Book World. This event is free and open to the public. Reservations are required. Co-sponsored by the Hill Center and the Washington Post.

Location: Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital (921 Pennsylvania Ave. SE)
Contact: (202) 707-5394

Thursday, November 6, 1:00-5:30 PM
INTERNATIONAL WRITING PROGRAM SHOWCASE

An afternoon-long event featuring 2014 residents of the famed program, which since 1967 has brought over 1,400 writers from more than 130 countries to America. Selected residents will participate in readings/moderated discussions, organized according to the Library’s Area Studies Divisions. Co-sponsored by the Library of Congress Hispanic, African and Middle Eastern, Asian, and European Divisions; and presented in partnership with the International Writing Program at the University of Iowa and the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, U.S. Department of State.

The showcase will begin at 1:00 PM with a general welcome, and follow with the below readings/moderated discussions:

  • 1:30 p.m.: Cynthia Edul (Argentina), Enrique Serrano (Colombia), Omar Pérez (Cuba), and Natasha Tiniacos (Venezuela), moderated by Hispanic Division Chief Georgette Dorn.
  • 2:30 p.m.: Boaz Gaon (Israel), Mujib Mehrdad (Afghanistan), Mamle Kabu (Ghana), and Ahmed Shafie (Egypt), moderated by African and Middle Eastern Division Chief Mary-Jane Deeb
  • 3:30 p.m.: Binayak Banerjee (India), Bernice Chauly (Malaysia), Heekyung Eun (South Korea), and Chen Li (Taiwan), moderated by Asian Division Assistant Chief Victoria Hill
  • 4:30 p.m.: Auguste Corteau (Greece), Gerður Kristný (Iceland), Laurynas Katkus (Lithuania), and Franca Treur (Netherlands), moderated by European Division Reference Specialist Taru Spiegel

Location: LM-619, 6th Floor, Montpelier Room, James Madison Building <view map>
Contact: (202) 707-5394

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December 2014

Monday, December 8, 9:00 AM-5:00 PM
EMILY DICKINSON DAY & EVENING

Help celebrate the poet's 184th birthday by helping us read her poems! This event is free and open to the public. To participate in the "Emily Dickinson Birthday Marathon Reading,"please sign up online for a 10-minute reading slot. Presented in partnership with the Folger Shakespeare Library.

Location: LJ-119, first floor, Thomas Jefferson Building <view map>
Contact: (202) 707-5394

Thursday, December 11, 1:00 PM
BAGLEY WRIGHT LECTURE SERIES: TIMOTHY DONNELLY

As part of the ongoing series, Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award winner Timothy Donnelly will give a lecture on poetry. This event is free and open to the public.

Location: Mary Pickford Theater, 3rd Floor, James Madison Building <view map>
Contact: (202) 707-5394

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January 2015

Wednesday, January 7, 12:00 Noon
LITERARY BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION: ZORA NEALE HURSTON

Novelists Dolen Perkins-Valdez and Marita Golden will celebrate the birthday of American writer Zora Neale Hurston by reading selections from her work and discussing her influence on their own writing. This event is free and open to the public, and will feature a display from the Library’s collections. Co-sponsored by the Library’s American Folklife Center.

Location: Whittall Pavilion, ground floor, Thomas Jefferson Building <view map>
Contact: (202) 707-5394

Thursday, January 22, 12:00 Noon
BAGLEY WRIGHT LECTURE SERIES: TERRANCE HAYES

As part of the ongoing series, National Book Award winner Terrance Hayes will give a lecture on poetry. This event is free and open to the public.

Location: Whittall Pavilion, ground floor, Thomas Jefferson Building <view map>
Contact: (202) 707-5394

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February 2015

Tuesday, February 17, 6:30 PM
BOBBITT PRIZE READING

The winner of the 13th Rebekah Johnson Bobbitt National Prize for Poetry will read selections from his or her work. This event is free and open to the public. Book sales and a signing will follow.

Location: Montpelier Room, sixth floor, James Madison Building <view map>
Contact: (202) 707-5394

Thursday, February 19, 7:00 PM
THE LIFE OF A POET: FRANK BIDART

National Book Critics Circle Award winner Frank Bidart will discuss his poetry with Ron Charles, editor of The Washington Post's Book World. This event is free and open to the public. Reservations are required. Co-sponsored by the Hill Center and the Washington Post.

Location: Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital (921 Pennsylvania Ave. SE)
Contact: (202) 707-5394

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March 2015

Tuesday, March 3, 9:00 AM-5:00 PM
POETRY AND LITERACY SYMPOSIUM

The Poetry and Literature Center will present a series of panels exploring the connections between poetry and literacy. Panel topics will include Poetry and Literacy in Schools and Poetry and Literacy for At-Risk Populations. The event is free and open to the public. Co-sponsored by the Library of Congress Literacy Awards.

Location: LJ-119, first floor, Thomas Jefferson Building <view map>
Contact: (202) 707-5394

Thursday, March 12, 6:30 PM
WITTER BYNNER FELLOWSHIP READING

Poet Laureate Charles Wright will introduce the 2015 Witter Bynner Fellows and they will read selections from their work. The event is free and open to the public. Book sales and a signing will follow.

Location: Mumford Room, sixth floor, James Madison Building <view map>
Contact: (202) 707-5394

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April 2015

Thursday, April 30, 7:00 PM
IN CONCLUSION: A POETS LAUREATE CONVERSATION

Charles Wright and 15th Poet Laureate Consultant Charles Simic will participate in a moderated discussion with Poetry magazine editor Don Share to conclude Wright’s term as 20th Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry and the spring literary season at the Library of Congress. This event is free and open to the public. Book sales and a signing will follow. Presented in partnership with the Poetry Foundation.

Location: Coolidge Auditorium, Thomas Jefferson Building (ground floor) <view map>
Contact: (202) 707-5394

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