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

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: Whittall Pavilion, ground floor, Thomas Jefferson 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. 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 explorethe 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

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

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December 2014

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 Emily Raboteau 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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