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Unless otherwise noted, tickets to and reservations for these events are not required.

September 2015

Thursday, September 10, 12:00 Noon
BAGLEY WRIGHT LECTURE SERIES: SRIKANTH REDDY

As part of the ongoing series, poet Srikanth Reddy 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

Tuesday, September 15, 7:00 PM
POET LAUREATE INAUGURAL READING

21st Poet Laureate Consultant Juan Felipe Herrera will kick off Hispanic Heritage Month with his inaugural reading. This event is free and open to the public. Co-sponsored by the Library of Congress Hispanic Division.

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

Monday, September 21, 4:00 PM
INTERNATIONAL LITERATURE: SINGAPOREAN LITERATURE

Poet/essayist, Jee Leong Koh, playwright/translator, Jeremy Tiang, and writer/editor, Frank Stewart, will read from Starry Island: New Writing from Singapore as part of MANOA: A Pacific Journal of International Writing’sseries of contemporary literature from Asia, the Pacific, and the Americas. This event is free and open to the public. Presented in partnership with MANOA: A Pacific Journal of International Writing.

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

Thursday, September 24, 7:00 PM
TRIBUTE TO PHILIP LEVINE

An event to honor the 18th Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry, who passed away in February. Participants include Kate Daniels, Toi Derricotte, Edward Hirsch, Yusef Komunyakaa, Dorianne Laux, Mari L’Esperance, Paul Mariani, Jane Mead, Tomás Q. Morín, Sharon Olds, Tom Sleigh, Gerald Stern, and David St. John. The event will also feature the 21st Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry, Juan Felipe Herrera. This event is free and open to the public. Co-sponsored by Academy of American Poets; Cave Canem Foundation; Cooper Union; NYU Creative Writing Program; Penguin Random House; Poets House; Poetry Society of America; Queens College; Unterberg Poetry Center, 92nd Street Y.

Location: Cooper Union (The Great Hall) 7 E 7th St, New York, NY 10003
Contact:  (202) 707-5394

Tuesday, September 29, 3:00 PM
INTERNATIONAL LITERATURE: SWEDISH LITERATURE

Editors and translators Malena Mörling and Jonas Ellerström read in English and Swedish from their new book The Star By My Head: Poets from Sweden. This event is free and open to the public. Co-sponsored by Library of Congress European Division and presented in partnership with Chapters Literary Arts Center, SWEA Washington, D.C., Milkweed Editions, Kulturrådet, Swedish Arts Council.

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

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October 2015

Wednesday, October 7, 6:00 PM
NATIONAL POETRY DAY READING

21st Poet Laureate Consultant Juan Felipe Herrera will give Poetry Foundation’s 61st annual Poetry Day. Inaugurated by Robert Frost in 1955, Poetry Day is one of the oldest and most distinguished poetry reading series in the country. Doors open at 5:00pm. This event is co-sponsored by the Poetry Foundation and the Chicago Public Library.

Location: Cindy Pritzker Auditorium, Harold Washington Library Center, 400 S State St, Chicago, IL 60605
Contact: (202) 707-5394

Thursday, October 8, 7:00 PM
THE LIFE OF A POET: BRIAN TURNER

Poet, essayist, and professor Brian Turner will discuss his work 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, October 16, 6:30 PM
CONCERT & CONVERSATION CELEBRATING ROBERT LOWELL

Celebrated composer Michael Hersch introduces ATOS Trio who will perform the world premiere of his “Carrion-Miles to Purgatory: Thirteen Pieces After Robert Lowell,” a commission from the Library's Hansk Kindler Foundation Trust Fund. Hersch will also discuss intersections between Lowell’s creativity and psychological challenges with renowned psychiatrist Kay Redfield Jamison. This event is free and open to the public. Ticket reservations required for 8:00PM concert. Co-sponsored by the Library’s Music Division.

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

Saturday, October 17, 3:00PM
TEXAS BOOK FESTIVAL: CONVERSATION ON POETRY

Chief Correspondent for Arts, Culture, and Society of the PBS NewsHour Jeffrey Brown will discuss his book, The News: Poems, with Robert Casper, head of Poetry and Literature Center, Library of Congress. Book sales and signing to follow.

Location: Texas State Capitol Extension (1100 Congress Avenue, Austin, TX 78701)
Contact: (202) 707-5394

Friday, October 30, 12:00 Noon
LITERARY BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION: EZRA POUND

Poets Elizabeth Arnold and Charles Bernstein will celebrate the birthday of poet Ezra Pound 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: Whittall Pavilion, Thomas Jefferson Building (ground floor) <view maps>
Contact: (202) 707-5394

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November 2015

Wednesday, November 4, 7:00 PM
THE LIFE OF A POET: ALICE FULTON

Bobbitt Prize winner, Alice Fulton will discuss her work 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 5, 4:00 PM
INTERNATIONAL WRITING PROGRAM SPOTLIGHT

Program residents Nael Eltoukhy (Egypt), Harris Khalique (Pakistan), Birgül Oğuz (Turkey), and Margarita Mateo Palmer (Cuba) read selections of their work and participate in a moderated discussion with Christopher Merrill, director of the International Writing Program at the University of Iowa. Presented in partnership with the International Writing Program at the University of Iowa, the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, U.S. Department of State, and PEN/Faulkner Foundation.

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

Friday, November 6, 12:00 PM
CONVERSATIONS WITH AFRICAN POETS AND WRITERS: ANAS ATAKORA

Togolese writer Anas Atakora will read selections from his 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, the International Writing Program at the University of Iowa, and the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, U.S. Department of State.

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

Thursday, November 12, 6:30 PM
ASIAN AMERICAN LITERATURE TODAY: VIET THANH NGUYEN

Writer Viet Thanh Nguyen will read from his new novel, The Sympathizer, and participate in a moderated discussion with Mimi Khúc, Asian American Studies Program faculty at the University of Maryland." 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: Montpelier Room, sixth floor, James Madison Building <view map>
Contact: (202) 707-5394

Thursday, November 19, 3:00 – 8:00PM
5 UNDER 35 CELEBRATION

The launch of an annual series with the National Book Foundation, featuring 5 Under 35 honorees for 2015. This event is free and open to the public. Presented in partnership with Amazon Literary Partnership.
  • 3:00 p.m.: Colin Barrett, Angela Flournoy, Megan Kruse, Tracy O’Neill, and Azareen Van der Vliet Oloomi participate in moderated discussion with Benjamin Samuel, programs manager at National Book Foundation.
  • 6:30 p.m.: Honorees read selections of their winning novels. Book sales and signing to follow.

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

Tuesday, November 24, 12:00 PM
MAKING THE CASE: CRITICS ON LITERATURE

The launch of a new series with the National Book Critics Circle, poet and critic Stephen Burt will give a lecture titled “The Poem Is You.” This event is free and open to the public. Book sales and signing to follow. Presented in partnership with the National Book Critics Circle.

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

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December 2015

Wednesday, December 2, 6:30 PM
TEENS AND POETRY FOR THE  21ST CENTURY

Poets Jennifer Chang and Mark McMorris read selections of Please Excuse This Poem: 100 New Poets for the Next Generation along with co-editor Lynn Melnick and Viking Children’s Books Senior Editor, Sharyn November. A moderated discussion on poetry and teens to follow. This event is free and open to the public.  

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

Thursday, December 3, 4:00 PM
INTERNATIONAL LITERATURE: DANTE SYMPOSIUM

To highlight Library of Congress’ Dante Alighieri collections, scholars Francesco Ciabattoni, Kristina Marie Olson, Bernardo Piciché, and Eugenio Refini participate in a discussion moderated by Lucia Alma Wolf, reference librarian in the Library’s European Division. A tabletop presentation will follow. Co-sponsored by the Library of Congress European Division, John W. Kluge Center, and Rare Book and Special Collection Division. Presented in partnership with Georgetown University Department of Italian, George Mason University Department of Modern & Classical Languages, Virginia Commonwealth University School of World Studies, Johns Hopkins Department of German & Romance Languages & Literatures, and Bucknell University Press.

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

Thursday, December 3, 6:00 PM
WITTER BYNNER STATE READING WITH EMILY FRAGOS

Witter Bynner fellow Emily Fragos reads a selection of her work followed by a conversation with poet KC Trommer. This event is free and open to the public with book sales and signing to follow. Presented in partnership with Library of Congress Center for the Book, New York Empire State Center for the Book, NYU Bookstore, and NYU Gallatin Writing Program.

Location: New York University Bookstore(726 Broadway, New York, NY 10003)
Contact: (212) 998-4678

Friday, December 4, 12:00 Noon
BAGLEY WRIGHT LECTURE SERIES: RACHEL ZUCKER

As part of the ongoing series, poet and memoirist Rachel Zucker will give a lecture on poetry. This event is free and open to the public.

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

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January 2016

Saturday, January 23, 2:00 PM - postponed because of weather, rescheduled to March 8
CELEBRATING “ONE LIFE: DOLORES HUERTA”

To celebrate the landmark exhibition “One Life: Dolores Huerta,” 21st Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry Juan Felipe Herrera and poets Arlene Biala and Diana García will read work in response to the exhibition. Co-sponsored by Letras Latinas, literary initiative at the University of Notre Dame's Institute for Latino Studies, Library of Congress Hispanic Division, National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center and Smithsonian Latino Center.

Location: Nan Tucker McEvoy Auditorium, Smithsonian American Art Museum, 8th & F Sts NW, Washington, DC 20004
Contact: (202) 707-5394

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February 2016

Monday, February 8, 12:00 Noon
LITERARY BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION: ELIZABETH BISHOP

Poets Jennifer Atkinson and Vijay Seshadri will celebrate the birthday of poet Elizabeth Bishop 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 Rare Book and Special Collections Division.

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

Tuesday, February 9-Wednesday, February 10
POETRY FOUNDATION RESIDENCY

21st Poet Laureate Consultant Juan Felipe Herrera will share his laureate project, Casa de Colores, and conduct workshops with local elementary, middle, and high school students. Space is limited. Please send inquiries to library@poetryfoundation.org. Co-sponsored by the Poetry Foundation.

Location: 61 W Superior St, Chicago, IL 60654 <view map>
Contact: (202) 707-5394; (312) 787-7070

Thursday, February 11, 12:00 Noon
INTERNATIONAL LITERATURE: RAÚL ZURITA

Chilean poet Raúl Zurita and his translator, Anna Deeny Morales will give a bilingual reading of Zurita’s work, followed by a moderated discussion with Georgette Dorn, chief of the Hispanic Division. Co-sponsored by the Library of Congress Hispanic Division.

Location: Montpelier Room, sixth floor, James Madison Building <view map>
Contact: (202) 707-5397

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March 2016

Wednesday, March 2, 7:00 PM
LIFE OF A POET: DUNYA MIKHAIL

Poet, translator, and journalist Dunya Mikhail will discuss her work with Ron Charles, editor of The Washington Post Book World. This event is free and open to the public .Register for the event online, or call (202) 549-4172. Co-sponsored by the Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital, Split This Rock, and the Washington Post.

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

Tuesday, March 8, 7:00 PM - rescheduled from January 23rd
CELEBRATING “ONE LIFE: DOLORES HUERTA”

To celebrate the landmark exhibition “One Life: Dolores Huerta,” 21st Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry Juan Felipe Herrera and poets Arlene Biala and Diana García will read work in response to the exhibition. Co-sponsored by Letras Latinas, literary initiative at the University of Notre Dame's Institute for Latino Studies, Library of Congress Hispanic Division, National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center and Smithsonian Latino Center.

Location: Nan Tucker McEvoy Auditorium, Smithsonian American Art Museum, 8th & F Sts NW, Washington, DC 20004
Contact: (202) 707-5394

Wednesday, March 9, 4:00 PM
WITTER BYNNER FELLOWSHIP READING

Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera will introduce the 2016 Witter Bynner Fellow, Allison Hedge Coke, who will read selections of her work. The event is free and open to the public. Book sales and a signing will follow. Co-sponsored by the Witter Bynner Foundation.

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

Monday, March 14, 12:00 Noon
CONVERSATIONS WITH AFRICAN POETS AND WRITERS: NAMWALI SERPELL

Zambian author and 2015 Caine Prize winner Namwali Serpell reads from her prize-winning short story “The Sack” and participates in a moderated discussion with LaVerne Page, 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, Africa Society of the National Summit on Africa, and The Caine Prize for African Writing.

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

Friday, March 25, 12:00 Noon
LITERARY BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION: FLANNERY O’CONNOR

Novelists Bonnie Jo Campbell and Emily Mitchell will celebrate the birthday of American writer Flannery O’Connor by reading selections from her work and discussing her influence on their own writing. This event is free and open to the public.. Co-sponsored by the Prints and Photographs Division.

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

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April 2016

Wednesday, April 6, 11:00 AM
WEBINAR: LAURELS AND LYRICS: POETRY RESOURCES AT THE LIBRARY OF CONGRESS

April is National Poetry Month! To celebrate, join research specialist Peter Armenti and the Library of Congress for a tour of the rich and varied poetry resources available on our website. Whether you’re a teacher, librarian, literary scholar, or an avid reader of poetry, the Library’s website has poetry-related materials that will engage and excite you. This program will introduce participants to specific poetry resources—including online initiatives launched by U.S. Poets Laureate, exhibits on famous poets, poetry webcasts and recordings, and, of course, poems themselves—while also offering search tips and strategies you can use to delve more deeply into the Library’s online poetry content.

Registration: Please use this registration form
Contact: (202) 707-1676

Thursday, April 7, 6:30 PM
ASIAN AMERICAN LITERATURE TODAY: R. ZAMORA LINMARK

Novelist, poet and playwright, R. Zamora Linmark will read excerpts of his work, and participate in a discussion with Gem Daus, adjunct faculty in the Asian American Studies Program, University of Maryland. 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: Montpelier Room, sixth floor, James Madison Building <view map>
Contact: (202) 707-5394

Wednesday, April 13, 7:00 PM
POET LAUREATE CLOSING EVENT

21st Poet Laureate Consultant Juan Felipe Herrera will celebrate the conclusion of his term of his laureateship. This event is free and open to the public. Book sales and signing will follow. Co-sponsored by the Library of Congress Hispanic Division.

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

Friday, April 15, 12:00 Noon
CLARICE LISPECTOR: A CONVERSATION WITH BENJAMIN MOSER

Benjamin Moser discusses his newly published collection, “The Complete Stories: Clarice Lispector,” the first comprehensive English translation of Lispector’s short stories. He is joined by Professor Vivaldo Santos (Georgetown University) to discuss Lispector’s life and work. Event is free and open to the public. Co-sponsored by the Hispanic Division and presented in partnership with the Embassy of Brazil.

Location:  Mary Pickford Theater, Madison Building (3rd floor) <view map>
Contact: tguz@loc.gov

Thursday, April 28, 2:00 PM
WEBINAR: LISTENING IN: EXPLORING LITERARY AUDIO ARCHIVES AT THE LIBRARY OF CONGRESS

In honor of National Poetry Month, join Catalina Gómez of the Hispanic Division as she explores the history of the Library of Congress’s literary audio archives. Curated since 1943 at the Library, these archives consist of audio recordings of prominent contemporary poets and prose writers reading from their work. The Archive of Hispanic Literature on Tape (AHLOT) includes poets and prose writers from Spain, Portugal, and Latin America; and the Archive of Recorded Poetry and Literature (ARPL) is comprised of American poets and prose writers, though some international writers are also included in the collection. Online versions of both archives were launched in 2015. Gómez will discuss the process of digitizing the archives and share several of her favorite recordings, in English and Spanish, with listeners.

Registration: Please use this registration form
Contact: (202) 707-1676

Thursday, April 28, 6:30 PM
WITTER BYNNER STATE READING WITH ALLISON HEDGE COKE

Witter Bynner fellow Allison Hedge Coke reads a selection of her work. This event is free and open to the public. Reception and signing to follow in Friends Meeting Room. Presented in partnership with Library of Congress Center for the Book, The Red Earth MFA at Oklahoma City University, and the Oklahoma Center for the Book.

Location: Downtown Library, 46 Star Auditorium, 300 Park Ave, Oklahoma City, OK 73102
Contact:  (405) 522-3562

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May 2016

Monday, May 2, 12:00 Noon
MAKING THE CASE: CRITICS ON LITERATURE

Critic and Literary Editor at Large of the Chicago Tribune, Elizabeth Taylor will give a lecture discussing trends in contemporary American fiction. This event is free and open to the public. Presented in partnership with the National Book Critics Circle.

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

Tuesday, May 10, 4:00 PM
SPOTLIGHT ON NATIVE WRITERS

Writers Eric Gansworth, Linda LeGarde Grover, and Stephen Graham Jones, discuss contemporary Native fiction with a reading /panel moderated by Deborah Miranda. This event is free and open to the public. Book sales and signing will follow. This event is co-sponsored by the PEN/Faulkner Foundation.

NOTE: This event precedes 2015 Library of Congress Prize in American Fiction winner Louise Erdrich’s reading/book launch of her fifteenth novel, LaRose. Learn more about this event.

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

Thursday, May 12, 6:30 PM
INTERNATIONAL LITERATURE: URUGUAYAN LITERATURE

Poet and translator Jesse Lee Kercheval reads selections of Idea Vilariño’s poetry featured in Poet Lore Magazine’s spring 2016 issue; as well as translations of several noteworthy Uruguayan female poets. Idea Vilariño (1920-2009) was a poet, essayist/literary critic, and one of Uruguay’s most influential literary figures of the 20th century. Co-sponsored by the Library of Congress Hispanic Division and Poet Lore Magazine.

Location: Montpelier Room, sixth floor, James Madison Building <view map>
Contact: (202) 707-5397

Friday, May 13, 12:00 Noon
THE LITERARY LEGACY OF ÁLVARO MUTIS

Charlotte Rogers (University of Virginia) will discuss the work and legacy of Álvaro Mutis, one of Colombia’s most prominent poets and prose writers, author of the acclaimed compendium Adventures and Misadventures of Maqroll. Co-sponsored by the Hispanic Division of the Library of Congress.

Location: Whittall Pavilion, ground floor, Thomas Jefferson Building <view map>
Contact: cgom@loc.gov

Thursday, May 19, 7:00 PM
LIFE OF A POET: MARY JO BANG

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. Register for the event online, or call (202) 549-4172. Co-sponsored by the Hill Center and the Washington Post.

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

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June 2016

Monday, 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. This event is co-sponsored by the Folger Shakespeare Library’s O.B. Hardison Poetry Series, PEN/Faulkner Foundation, We Need Diverse Books, and Cave Canem Foundation.
  • 8:30AM – 12:30PM: Master Class featuring Kwame Alexander, Jacqueline Woodson, and other faculty members, Jason Low, publisher at Lee & Low Books; Jennifer Brown, publisher at Knopf Books for Young Readers, a Penguin Random House imprint; and Cassandra Pelham, senior editor at Graphix, a Scholastic imprint. *Master Class open only to accepted applicants.
  • 2:00PM – 3:30PM: Panel One: “Writing Across Genre,” featuring Tony Medina and Marilyn Nelson, moderated by Marita Golden
  • 3:30PM – 5:00PM: Panel Two: “Organizing Founders,” featuring Michael Datcher, Toi Derricotte, and, Sharan Strange, moderated by Joanne Gabbin
  • Evening events to follow at the Folger Shakespeare Theater.

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

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