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In Conclusion: A Poets Laureate Conversation

Thursday, April 30, 7:00 PM

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)
Contact: (202) 707-5394

Poets Laureate April 22 Online Poetry Discussion

"Poetry's Catbird Seat: A History of U.S. Poets Laureate"

The highest poetry office in the country belongs--both literally and symbolically--to the U.S. Poet Laureate. Headquartered at the Poetry and Literature Center in the attic of the Library's Thomas Jefferson Building, the Poet Laureateship is the only national position dedicated to raising awareness and appreciation of poetry among the American public.

To celebrate National Poetry Month, join digital reference specialist Peter Armenti for a National Poetry Month program that explores the history of the Laureateship from its origins in the 1930s to the present. You'll discover why the position was created, see how its responsibilities have changed over the years, learn how the Laureate is selected, and explore some of the major initiatives and activities of Laureates past and present. The program will conclude by surveying the rise of official State Poet Laureate positions and the recent proliferation of Poets Laureate among cities, counties, schools, and in other local settings.

Date: Wednesday, April 22, 2015
Time: 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm (Eastern Daylight Time)
URL: http://loc.gov/rr/program/web-discussions.html

Registration: Web discussions are held in real time via webinar software, which allows participants from around the country and the world to join us. Registration is required. Confirmation and log on instructions will be sent via email.

Technology requirements: Participants must have access to an Internet-connected computer with speakers or a headset. There is also a telephone option for audio.

Conversations with African Poets & Writers: Okwiri Oduor

Friday, April 17, 12:00 noon

Kenyan author Okwiri Oduor, winner of the 2014 Caine Prize for African Writing, will read from her prize-winning short story "My Father's Head" and participate in a moderated discussion with Eve Ferguson, 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

International Literature: New Lithuanian Poets

Wednesday, April 15, 12:00 Noon

Poets Ilze Butkute, Giedre Kazlauskaite, and Marius Burokas will celebrate the publication of How the Earth Carries Us: Twenty-Six Young Lithuanian Poets by reading from their work and participating in a moderated discussion with poet and professor Rimas Uzgiris. This event is free and open to the public. Co-sponsored by the Library's European Division and presented in partnership with the Embassy of the Republic of Lithuania and the Lithuanian Culture Institute (Vilnius).

Location: Mary Pickford Theater, third floor, James Madison Building
Contact: (202) 707-5394

Library of Congress Launches National Poetry Month Pinterest Board

The Library of Congress has launched a new Pinterest board in celebration of National Poetry Month (April). The board highlights the diverse range of poetry-related materials on the Library's website: poems, manuscripts, photographs, blog posts, webcasts, teacher resources, Poet Laureate initiatives, and more.

Access the Library's National Poetry Month Pinterest board directly at: https://www.pinterest.com/LibraryCongress/national-poetry-month/

It's not too late to sign up for "Laurels and Lyrics: Poetry Resources at the Library of Congress"

April is National Poetry Month! To celebrate, join poetry 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.

Date: Wednesday, April 1, 2015
Time: 11:00 am-12:00 noon (Eastern Daylight Time)
Registration: Please use the registration form, which is linked in the above title.

Web discussions are held in real time via webinar software, which allows participants from around the country and the world to join us. Registration is required. Confirmation and log on instructions will be sent via email.

Technology requirements: Participants must have access to an Internet-connected computer with speakers or a headset. There is also a telephone option for audio

Bobbitt Prize Reading

Monday, April 6, 6:30 PM (rescheduled from February 17)

Patricia Smith, winner of the 13th Rebekah Johnson Bobbitt National Prize for Poetry, will read selections from her poetry collection Shoulda Been Jimi Savannah. This event is free and open to the public. Book sales and a signing will follow.

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

International Literature: Jenny Erpenbeck

Friday, March 27, 12:00 PM

German novelist Jenny Erpenbeck will read from her work and participate in a moderated discussion with David Morris, German Area Specialist in the European Division. This event is free and open to the public. Please RSVP at http://www.eventbrite.com/e/lunchtime-reading-jenny-erpenbeck-tickets-14946488349. Co-sponsored by the Library's European Division and presented in partnership with the Goethe-Institut Washington and New Directions Publishing Corp.

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

International Literature: Iberian Suite Literary Panels

Saturday, March 14-Sunday, March 15

As part of the Kennedy Center's "Iberian Suite: Global Arts Remix" festival, celebrating the arts of all Spanish- and Portuguese-language cultures, here is a weekend series of six panels offering an array of literary voices, reaching from Spain and Portugal to many Latin American countries, as well as Africa and the Caribbean. Curated by Library of Congress Senior Consultant Marie Arana, and highlighting rare Library of Congress recordings of literary voices from the past, the series will feature Cesar Aira, Carmen Boullosa, Dulce Maria Cardoso, Javier Cercas, Afonso Cruz, Alonso Cueto, Fernanda Eberstadt, Francisco Goldman, Edith Grossman, Cristina Henriquez, Eduardo Lago, Tatiana Salem Levy, Adriana Lisboa, Anne McLean, Valerie Miles, Antonio Munoz Molina, Achy Obejas, Ondjaki, Jose Luis Peixoto, Laura Restrepo, Pilar del Rio, Esmeralda Santiago, Ray Suarez, Goncalo Tavares, Juan Gabriel Vasquez, and Carlos Ruiz Zafon. The panels are free and open to the public. For more information, visit http://www.kennedy-center.org/festivals/iberia/. Presented by The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, in cooperation with the governments of Portugal and Spain.

Location: The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, 2700 F Street, NW Washington, DC
Contact: (202) 467-4600

International Literature: Christian Jungersen

Thursday, March 12, 12:00 Noon

Danish writer Christian Jungersen will read and discuss his novel You Disappear with European Reference Librarian Taru Spiegel. This event is free and open to the public. Books sales and a signing will follow. Co-sponsored by the Library of Congress European Division, and presented in partnership with the Royal Danish Embassy.

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

Witter Bynner Fellowship Reading

Thursday, March 12, 6:30 PM

Poet Laureate Charles Wright will introduce the 2015 Witter Bynner Fellows, Emily Fragos and Bobby C. Rogers, 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
Contact: (202) 707-5394

International Literature: Richard Zenith on Fernando Pessoa

Wednesday, March 4, 3:00 PM

Literary critic and translator Richard Zenith will deliver a talk titled "Fernando Pessoa: An Englishly Portuguese, Endlessly Multiple Poet." An accompanying exhibit on Pessoa will be presented in the Great Hall of the Library's Thomas Jefferson Building. Co-sponsored by the Library of Congress Hispanic Division and presented in partnership with the Embassy of Portugal and the Secretary of Culture of Portugal.

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

Poetry and Literacy Symposium

Tuesday, March 3, 1:00-5:00 PM

The Poetry and Literature Center will present a series of panels exploring the connections between poetry and literacy. This event is free and open to the public. Co-sponsored by the Library of Congress Literacy Awards.

Hour-long panels include the following:

1:00 PM: Poetry and Literacy in the Schools featuring Terry M. Blackhawk (InsideOut Literary Arts Project), Amy Swauger (Teachers & Writers Collaborative), and Robin Reagler (Writers in the Schools)

2:15 PM: Poetry and Literacy with At-Risk Populations featuring Roland Legiardi-Laura (Power Poetry), Tara Libert (Free Minds Book Club & Writing Workshop), and Aaron Zimmerman (New York Writers Coalition)

3:30 PM: Addressing Aliteracy Through Poetry featuring Joe Callahan (826 DC), Robert Polito (Poetry Foundation), and Amy Stolls (National Endowment of the Arts)

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

The Life of a Poet: Frank Bidart

Thursday, February 19, 7:00 PM

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--to reserve, call (202) 549-4172 or visit http://hillcenterdc.org/home/programs/2164. 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

Bobbitt Prize Reading

Tuesday, February 17, 6:30 PM

Patricia Smith, winner of the 13th Rebekah Johnson Bobbitt National Prize for Poetry, will read selections from her poetry collection Shoulda Been Jimi Savannah. This event is free and open to the public. Book sales and a signing will follow.

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

Conversations with African Poets & Writers: Chinelo Okparanta

Tuesday, February 3, 12:00 Noon

Nigerian-American writer Chinelo Okparanta will read selections from her work and participate in a moderated discussion with Angel Batiste, 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

Bagley Wright Lecture Series: Terrance Hayes

Thursday, January 22, 12:00 Noon

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
Contact: (202) 707-5394

Literary Birthday Celebration: Zora Neale Hurston

Wednesday, January 7, 12:00 Noon

Novelists Marita Golden and Dolen Perkins-Valdez 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
Contact: (202) 707-5394

Bagley Wright Lecture Series: Timothy Donnelly

Thursday, December 11, 1:00 PM

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
Contact: (202) 707-5394

Emily Dickinson Day & Evening

Monday, December 8, 9:00 AM-5:00 PM

Help celebrate the poet's 184th birthday by helping us read her poems! This event is free and open to the public. To sign up for a 10-minute reading slot please visit the O.B. Hardison Poetry Series webpage at http://www.folger.edu/wosummary.cfm?woid=956. Presented in partnership with the Folger Shakespeare Library.

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

International Writing Program Showcase

Thursday, November 6, 1:00-5:30 PM

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 p.m. with a general welcome, and follow with the below readings/moderated discussions:

1:30 p.m.: Cynthia Edul (Argentina), Enrique Serrano (Colombia), Omar Perez (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), Gerdur Kristny (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
Contact: (202) 707-5394

The Life of a Poet: August Kleinzahler

Tuesday, November 4, 7:00 PM

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

Asian American Literature Today: Yiyun Li

Thursday, October 30, 4:00 PM

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
Contact: (202) 707-5394

Texas Book Festival: A Conversation on Poetry

Saturday, October 25, 1:45 PM

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, please visit www.texasbookfestival.org.

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

Conversations with African Poets & Writers: Veronique Tadjo

Friday, October 17, 12:00 Noon

Cote 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

Witter Bynner State Reading with Honoree Fanonne Jeffers

Tuesday, October 14, 6:00 PM

Witter Bynner fellow Honoree 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

Lecture: Dana Gioia on "Poetry as Enchantment"

Tuesday, October 14, 12:00 Noon

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
Contact: (202) 707-5394

International Literature: Translating the Poetry of Robert Pinsky

Tuesday, October 7, 6:30 PM

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 Room, 6th Floor, James Madison Building
Contact: (202) 707-5394

Literary Birthday Celebration: Wallace Stevens

Thursday, October 2, 12:00 Noon

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
Contact: (202) 707-5394

Poet Laureate Inaugural Reading

Thursday, September 25, 7:00 PM

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

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

National Student Poets Inaugural Reading

Friday, September 19, 4:00 PM

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)
Contact: (202) 707-5394

Poetry of September 11 Web Guide

Explore some of the poetry written by poets and the general public in the aftermath of the September 11, 2001, attacks.

The Life of a Poet: Mary Szybist

Wednesday, September 17, 7:00 PM

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

Maureen Corrigan on The Great Gatsby

Monday, September 15, 12:00 Noon

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)
Contact: (202) 707-5394

International Literature: Okinawan Literature

Thursday, September 11, 4:00 PM

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)
Contact: (202) 707-5394

2014 National Book Festival

Saturday, August 30, 10 AM-10 PM

Please join us tomorrow for the 2014 National Book Festival. The more than 100 featured authors include: E. L. Doctorow, who will receive the Library of Congress Prize for American Fiction; former U.S. Poet Laureate Billy Collins; National Book Award winner Alice McDermott; and many others. The festival will also feature, for the first time, a translation panel and an evening youth poetry slam. For more information, please visit http://www.loc.gov/bookfest/schedule/.

Location: the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Washington, DC
Contact: (202) 707-5394

Bagley Wright Lecture Series: Joshua Beckman

Thursday, September 4, 12:00 Noon

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
Contact: (202) 707-5394

*Correction: 2014 National Book Festival

Saturday, August 30, 10 AM-10 PM

Please join us this Saturday for the 2014 National Book Festival. The more than 100 featured authors include: E. L. Doctorow, who will receive the Library of Congress Prize for American Fiction; former U.S. Poet Laureate Billy Collins; National Book Award winner Alice McDermott; and many others. The festival will also feature, for the first time, a translation panel and an evening youth poetry slam. For more information, please visit http://www.loc.gov/bookfest/schedule/.

Location: the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Washington, DC
Contact: (202) 707-5394

Decatur Book Festival's "Where Poetry Lives" Feature

Sunday, August 31, 2:30 PM

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

Mourning El Dorado: The Closing of the Amazonian Frontier in Contemporary South American Fiction

Thursday, June 19, 2014, Noon

Scholar Charlotte Rogers, Kluge Fellow, discusses how literary works from Brazil, Colombia, Peru, and Guyana reinvent the myth of a fabulous city of gold, known as "El Dorado," in today's world, and how in the wake of deforestation and settlement in the Amazon river basin, current writers nostalgically mourn for a time when the region was seen as a place of potential wealth and opportunity. Co-sponsored by the John W. Kluge Center and the Hispanic Division.

Location: LJ-113, First floor, Thomas Jefferson Building
Contact: (202) 707-3302

Conversations with African Poets & Writers: Zainab Hassan

Tuesday, June 10, 12:00 Noon

Ms. Zainab Hassan is a Somali poet and a writer, and the Project Director of the National Library Initiative of the Heritage Institute for Policy Studies in Mogadishu. She will be interviewed by Eve Ferguson, the Reference Librarian for East Africa, in the African and Middle Eastern Division, on her writings and her poetry. 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 (second floor)
Contact: (202) 707-5394

LGBT Poetry Celebration

Tuesday, June 3, 12:00 Noon

As part of the week-long LGBT pride celebration in Washington, DC, the Library of Congress in hosting an inaugural event with readings by established and emerging gay and lesbian poets Joan Larkin, Kamilah Aisha Moon, D. A. Powell, and Dan Vera. The event will also feature a display of the Library's rare LGBT materials. Book sales and a signing will follow. The event is free and open to the public. Co-sponsored by the Library of Congress Rare Books and Special Collections Division, and presented in partnership with Capital Pride.

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

Literary Birthday Celebration: Countee Cullen

Friday, May 30, 12:00 Noon

Poets Rowan Ricardo Phillips and Tim Seibles will celebrate the birthday of American poet Countee Cullen 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 Manuscript Division of the Library of Congress.

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

Asian American Literature Today: Tarfia Faizullah

Wednesday, May 21, 4:00 PM

As part of APA Heritage Month, poet Tarfia Faizullah will present her debut collection of poems, Seam. This event is free and open to the public. Book sales and a signing will follow. Presented in partnership withthe Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center; The Asian American Literary Review; and the Asian American Studies Program, University of Maryland.

Location: Mary Pickford Theater, James Madison Building (third floor)
Contact: (202) 707-5394

Poet Laureate Final Lecture

Tomorrow, Wednesday, May 14, 7:00 PM

Natasha Trethewey will deliver her final lecture to conclude her second term as Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry and the spring literary season at the Library of Congress.

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

Poet Laureate Final Lecture

Wednesday, May 14, 7:00 PM

Natasha Trethewey will deliver her final lecture to conclude her second term as Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry and the spring literary season at the Library of Congress.

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

International Poetry: Persian Mystical Literature

Wednesday, May 7, 12:00 Noon

A lecture series as part of the Library’s “A Thousand Years of the Persian Book” exhibition, Jessika Kenney and Dr. Fatemeh Keshavarz will discuss the intersection of poetry and music in Persian literature. This event is free and open to the public, and an audience Q&A will follow. Co-sponsored by the Library of Congress African and Middle Eastern Division and presented in partnership with the Roshan Institute for Persian Studies at the University of Maryland.

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

Webinar: Bringing Poetry to the Public

Tomorrow, Wednesday, April 30th, 12:00 Noon

For this webinar celebrating National Poetry Month, Rob Casper (Head, Library of Congress Poetry and Literature Center) is joined by Mike Melia (PBS NewsHour Senior Broadcast Producer) and Craig Teicher (Director of Digital Operations at Publisher's Weekly and poetry critic for National Public Radio) in a conversation about how the news media promotes poetry. This webinar is free and open to the public.

Registration Required--confirmation and log on instructions will be sent via e-mail.
Visit http://www.loc.gov/rr/program/web-discussions_form.php to register.

International Literature: Burmese Poetry

Wednesday, April 30, 7:00 PM

A new series as part of Poet Lore's annual "World Poets in Translation" publication, featuring translator Christopher Merrill reading the poetry of revered exiled Burmese writer U Tin Moe as well as other contemporary Burmese poets and discussing the role of their poetry in a changing Burma. This event is free and open to the public. An audience Q&A and book sales will follow. Co-sponsored by the Library of Congress Asian Division and presented in partnership with Poet Lore.

Location: Mumford Room, James Madison Building (sixth floor)
Contact: (202) 707-5349

The Life of a Poet: Edward Hirsch

Wednesday, April 23, 7:00 PM

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. Reservations are required. Co-sponsored by Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital and The Washington Post.

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

Literary Birthday Celebration: Vladimir Nabokov

Tuesday, April 22, 12:00 Noon

Authors Dinaw Mengestu and Azar Nafisi will celebrate the birthday of Russian novelist Vladimir Nabokov 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 Manuscripts and Rare Books and Special Collections Divisions of the Library of Congress.

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

International Literature: Andres Neuman

Friday, April 18, 12:00 Noon

Spanish-Argentinian writer Andres 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. Co-sponsored by the Library of Congress Hispanic Division and presented in partnership with Farrar, Straus and Giroux.

Location: Mary Pickford Theater, 3rd floor, James Madison Building
Contact: (202) 707-5394

Latino Poetry Lecture

Thursday, April 10, 6:30 PM

Poet and critic Rigoberto Gonzalez will deliver a lecture titled "Latino Poetry: Pivotal Voices, Era of Transition". This event is free and open to the public. Co-sponsored by the Library of Congress Hispanic Division and presented in partnership with Letras Latinas, the literary initiative at the Institute for Latino Studies at the University of Notre Dame.

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

Witter Bynner Fellowship Reading

Wednesday, March 26, 6:30 PM

Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey introduces 2014 Witter Bynner Fellows Honorée Fanonne Jeffers and the late Jake Adam York. Jeffers will read her poetry, and Trethewey will read the work of York. The event is free and open to the public. A reception will follow.

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

Conversations with African Poets & Writers: Tope Folarin

Thursday, March 20, 12:00 Noon

Nigerian author Tope Folarin, winner of the 2013 Caine Prize for African Writing, will read selections from his short story "Miracle" and be interviewed by Angel Batiste, Africa Area Specialist in the African and Middle Eastern Division, on the body of his work and on African contemporary literature. This event is free and open to the public. Book sales and a signing will follow. 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 (second floor)
Contact: (202) 707-5394

Literary Birthday Celebration: Philip Roth

Wednesday, March 19, 12:00 Noon

Authors Sam Lipsyte and Howard Norman will celebrate the birthday of American novelist Philip Roth 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 Manuscript Division of the Library of Congress.

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

Literary Conversation with Admiral James G. Stavridis

Thursday, February 20, 12:00 Noon

A moderated discussion with the Admiral, who served as the 15th Commander, U.S. European Command (USEUCOM) and NATO's 16th Supreme Allied Commander Europe, about how literature has impacted his career and what purpose it might have for members of the military. An audience Q&A will follow. This event is free and open to the public—please R.S.V.P. for entrance instructions. Cosponsored by the National Defense University Library.

Location: Lincoln Hall Auditorium, Lincoln Hall, National Defense University
Contact: (202) 707-5394

Pintura / Palabra: Poetry Inspired by Art

Friday, February 14, 2:00 PM

Join Hispanic poets Brenda Cardenas and Valerie Martinez for a discussion of ekphrastic poetry. This event is free and open to the public. Co-sponsored by the Library of Congress Hispanic Division and presented in partnership with Letras Latinas.

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

The Life of a Poet: Carl Phillips

Thursday, February 6, 7:00 PM

As part of new series, The Washington Post Fiction Editor Ron Charles will conduct an in-depth interview with poet Carl Phillips. This event is free and open to the public. Reservations are required. Co-sponsored by Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital and The Washington Post.

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

Witter Bynner State Reading

Thursday, December 12, 6:00 PM

Shara McCallum, co-recipient of the Library of Congress’s 16th annual Witter Bynner Poetry Fellowship, will read in her home state, followed by a moderated conversation. This Writers LIVE @ CLP-Main event is free and open to the public. Registration is required. Co-sponsored by the Library of Congress Center for the Book, the Pennsylvania Center for the Book, and Pittsburgh Arts and Lectures, and presented in association with Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh.

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

Conversation with the Poet Laureate and Rosanne Cash

Saturday, December 7, 7:00 PM

Singer, songwriter, and author Rosanne Cash premieres her newest album, The River and the Thread, with a conversation with the Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey. Co-sponsored by the Library of Congress Music Division.

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

Bagley Wright Lecture Series: Dorothea Lasky

Thursday, December 5, 3:00 PM

Dorothea Lasky, the inaugural Bagley Wright Lecturer on Poetry, will give a talk titled, "The Beast: How Poetry Makes Us Human." This event is free and open to the public.

Mary Pickford Theater, 3rd Floor, James Madison Building
Contact: (202) 707-5394

Conversations with African Poets & Writers: Mukoma Wa Ngugi

Tuesday, December 3, 12:00 Noon

Kenyan-American writer Mukoma Wa Ngugi will read from his work and discuss the state of contemporary African literature, especially highlighting African languages and culture. This event is free and open to the public. Book sales and a signing will follow. Co-sponsored by the Library of Congress African and Middle Eastern Division, and presented in partnership with the Africa Society on the National Summit of Africa.

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

INTERNATIONAL LITERATURE: JUAN GABRIEL VÁSQUEZ

Thursday, November 21, 4:00pm

Writer Juan Gabriel Vásquez will read from his work and participate in a moderated discussion on the current state of contemporary Latin American literature with translator Anne McLean, which will follow. This event is free and open to the public. Co-sponsored by the Library of Congress Hispanic Division and presented in partnership with the Embassy of Colombia and the Inter-American Development Bank (IADB).

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

Poetry Reading at the National Portrait Gallery: "Lines in Long Array" Celebration

Saturday, November 16th, 2:00 PM

Poets Eavan Boland, Geoffrey Brock, Jorie Graham, Nikki Giovanni, John Koethe, Yusef Komunyakaa, Paul Muldoon, Steve Scafidi, Jr., Michael Schmidt, Dave Smith, Tracy K. Smith, and C. D. Wright read to celebrate the publication of Lines in Long Array: A Civil War Commemoration. This event is free and open to the public.

Location: Nan Tucker McEvoy Auditorium, National Portrait Gallery, Eighth and F Streets NW, Washington, D.C. 20001
Contact: (202) 633-8300

Literary Birthday Celebration: Marianne Moore

Friday, November 15, 12:00 Noon

Poets Mary Jo Salter and Robyn Schiff will celebrate the birthday of American poet Marianne Moore by reading selections from her work and discussing her influence on her 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 Rare Book and Special Collections Division of the Library of Congress.

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

Conversations with African Poets & Writers: Abdourahman Waberi

Thursday, November 14, 12:00 Noon

Djiboutian author Abdourahman Waberi will read from his work and discuss the state of contemporary African literature, especially highlighting African languages and culture. This event is free and open to the public. Book sales and a signing will follow. Co-sponsored by the Library of Congress African and Middle Eastern Division, and presented in partnership with the Africa Society on the National Summit of Africa.

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

Witter Bynner State Reading

Sharon Dolin, co-recipient of the Library of Congress’s 16th annual Witter Bynner Poetry Fellowship, will read in her home state, followed by moderated conversation with poet Kim Addonizio. The event is free and open to the public. Co-sponsored by the Library of Congress Center for the Book and presented in partnership with the Empire State Center for the Book and the Poetry Society of America.

Tuesday, November 12th, 7:00 PM
Location: Marquis Gallery, National Arts Club, 15 Gramercy Park, New York, NY
Contact: (212) 254-9628

Witter Bynner State Reading

Sharon Dolin, co-recipient of the Library of Congress’s 16th annual Witter Bynner Poetry Fellowship, will read in her home state, followed by moderated conversation with poet Kim Addonizio. The event is free and open to the public. Co-sponsored by the Library of Congress Center for the Book and presented in partnership with the Empire State Center for the Book and the Poetry Society of America.

Location: Marquis Gallery, National Arts Club, 15 Gramercy Park, New York, NY
Contact: (212) 254-9628

Reminder! District of Literature Festival TODAY

Reminder today's the big day! A day-long celebration reflecting DC's literary past, present, and future, with readings and panel discussions. The festival is free and open to the public. For more information about the festival, including specific times and locations of events, please visit www.folger.edu/dol. Presented in partnership with the Folger Shakespeare Library and the PEN/Faulkner Foundation, with media support from Slate.

Monday, September 30, 9:30 AM - 9:00 PM

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

District of Literature Festival

A day-long celebration reflecting DC's literary past, present, and future, with readings and panel discussions. The festival is free and open to the public. For more information about the festival, including specific times and locations of events, please visit www.folger.edu/dol. Presented in partnership with the Folger Shakespeare Library and the PEN/Faulkner Foundation, with media support from Slate.

Monday, September 30, 9:30 AM - 9:00 PM

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

District of Literature Festival

day-long celebration reflecting DC's literary past, present, and future, with readings and panel discussions. The festival is free and open to the public. For more information about the festival, including specific times and locations of events, please visit www.folger.edu/dol. Presented in partnership with the Folger Shakespeare Library and the PEN/Faulkner Foundation, with media support from Slate.

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

Monday, September 30, 9:30 AM - 9:00 PM

International Literature: Conversation with Tom Christensen

Author, editor, and translator Tom Christensen will discuss his newest work, Landscape with Yellow Birds, a translation of the poetry of the late José Ángel Valente published this year by Archipelago Press. This event is free and open to the public. Co-sponsored by the Library of Congress Hispanic Division and presented in partnership with the Embassy of Spain.

Thursday, September 26, 12:00 Noon

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

Conversations with African Poets & Writers: Amadou Koné

Ivoirian author Amadou Koné will read from his work and discuss the state of contemporary West African literature, especially highlighting African languages and culture. This event is free and open to the public. Book sales and a signing will follow. Co-sponsored by the Library of Congress African and Middle Eastern Division, and presented in partnership with the Africa Society on the National Summit of Africa.

Wednesday, September 25, 12:00 Noon

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

"I Done What I Could":Occupational Poetry in the Pacific Northwest

Folklorist Jens Lund, of the Washington State Parks & Recreation Commission (Emeritus), will discuss the tradition of composing and reciting occupational folk poetry in the Pacific Northwest. The event is free and open to the public. Co-sponsored by the Library of Congress American Folklife Center.

Location: Mary Pickford Theater, 3rd Floor, James Madison Building

Contact: (202) 707-5510

"Of Perspective and Perception": An Interview with Paisley Rekdal

The Poetry and Literature Center's Interview Series is happy to welcome poet Paisley Rekdal to our list of featured authors. You can read her interview with former PLC staffer Sheila McMullin on our website (www.loc.gov/poetry), along with a growing list of interviews with other poets and writers.

You may also want to keep an eye for the series expansion into interviews with non-fiction writers, coming soon.

Karen Russell on the Fantastic World of Vampires in the Lemon Grove

The newest entry in the Poetry and Literature Center's Interview Series is now live. Please visit the PLC's website at www.loc.gov/poetry to hear from author Karen Russell on the fantastic world of her critically acclaimed selection of short stories "Vampires in the Lemon Grove."

Don't forget to check back next month for an interview with poet Paisley Rekdal!

Literary Birthday Celebration: Paul Laurence Dunbar

Poets Holly Bass and Al Young will celebrate the birthday of American poet Paul Laurence Dunbar 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 Rare Book and Special Collections Division of the Library of Congress.

Date: Thursday, June 27th, 2013 at 12:00 Noon
Location: Mumford Room, Madisoon Building
Contact: (202) 707-5394

Literary Birthday Celebration: Walt Whitman

Poets Mark Doty and Sally Keith will celebrate the birthday of American poet Walt Whitman 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. Book sales and signing will follow. Co-sponsored by the Rare Book and Special Collections Division of the Library of Congress.

Date: Friday, May 31 at 12:00 Noon
Location: Whittall Pavilion, Jefferson Building
Contact: (202) 707-5394

Literary Birthday Celebration Cancelled

The PLC is so sorry to report that our Literary Birthday Celebration: Katherine Anne Porter slated for Wednesday, May 15th had to be cancelled due to an unexpected illness of one of our participants.

We hope that everyone planning on coming to that event will visit the Library on Friday, May 31st to celebrate Walt Whitman with poets Mark Doty and Sally Keith instead!

"How do you go about finding the heart?": Aracelis Girmay on Poetry, Discovery, and Grief

The newest entry in the Poetry and Literature Center's Interview Series is now live. Please visit the PLC's website at www.loc.gov/poetry to hear from poet Aracelis Girmay on the the process of writing her newest collection "Kingdom Animalia," and the importance of language in her life.

Don't forget to check back next month for an interview with another of the PLC's featured authors!

Conversations with African Poets & Writers: A. Igoni Barrett

Nigerian writer A. Igoni Barrett will read from his work and discuss the state of contemporary African literature. The event is free and open to the public. Book sales and a signing will follow. 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 and Graywolf Press.

Date: Wednesday, May 8 at 12:00 Noon
Location: African and Middle Eastern Division Reading Room, Jefferson Building
Contact: (202) 707-5394

Come Celebrate A Year With Natasha Trethewey!

Tomorrow (Wednesday) is the big day for the Poetry and Literature Center! Please join us at 4:00 PM and 7:00 PM for a reading and lecture to celebrate our Poet Laureate's tenure at the Library of Congress. See below for more details.

Necessary Utterance: Poetry Reading

As part of the "Necessary Utterance: Poetry as Cultural Force" event commemorating Natasha Trethewey's historical year as Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry at the Library of Congress, poets Marilyn Chin, Brenda Shaughnessy, Patricia Smith, Brian Turner, and Kevin Young will read from their work. The event is free and open to the public. Book sales and a signing will follow. Presented in collaboration with Virginia Quarterly Review.

Date: Wednesday, May 1 at 4:00 PM
Location: Coolidge Auditorium, Thomas Jefferson Building
Contact: (202) 707-5394

Necessary Utterance: Poet Laureate Final Lecture

Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry Natasha Trethewey will deliver her final lecture, "Necessary Utterance: Poetry as Cultural Force," to close the spring literary season at the Library of Congress. The event is free and open to the public. A reception and book signing will follow.

Date: Wednesday, May 1 at 7:00 PM
Location: Coolidge Auditorium, Thomas Jefferson Building
Contact: (202) 707-5394

Necessary Utterance: Reading and Lecture

Necessary Utterance: Poetry Reading

As part of the "Necessary Utterance: Poetry as Cultural Force" event commemorating Natasha Trethewey's historical year as Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry at the Library of Congress, poets Marilyn Chin, Brenda Shaughnessy, Patricia Smith, Brian Turner, and Kevin Young will read from their work. The event is free and open to the public. Book sales and a signing will follow. Presented in collaboration with Virginia Quarterly Review.

Date: Wednesday, May 1 at 4:00 PM
Location: Coolidge Auditorium, Thomas Jefferson Building
Contact: (202) 707-5394

Necessary Utterance: Poet Laureate Final Lecture

Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry Natasha Trethewey will deliver her final lecture, "Necessary Utterance: Poetry as Cultural Force," to close the spring literary season at the Library of Congress. The event is free and open to the public. A reception and book signing will follow.

Date: Wednesday, May 1 at 7:00 PM
Location: Coolidge Auditorium, Thomas Jefferson Building
Contact: (202) 707-5394

An Eye for Poems: An Editor's Perspective Webinar

Join the Poetry and Literature Center from the comfort of your own desktop! Next Tuesday, April 30th, the Poetry and Literature Center will host a live webinar which will be free and open to the public. To participate, please visit: http://www.loc.gov/rr/program/web-discussions_form.php.

An Eye for Poems: An Editor's Perspective

Join W. W. Norton & Co. poetry editor Jill Bialosky and Poetry magazine editor Christian Wiman as they give a behind-the-scenes look at the editorial process -- how and why they decide to champion the poets they do.

Date: Tuesday, April 30
Time: 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm, Eastern Daylight Time


In Case You Missed It: Elizabeth Alexander at the Hill Center Poetry Series

This April the Poetry and Literature Center co-sponsored a new series with the Hill Center and the Washington Post: the Hill Center Poetry Series. On April 10, 2013, poet Elizabeth Alexander and Washington Post book critic and editor Ron Charles sat down to discuss poetry in an intimate gathering of only 100. Though you may not have been able to attend the launch of this new series, we encourage to visit the following link for a glimpse at what is sure to be a long and successful series celebrating the place of poetry in Washington, D. C.: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PxjU9hQdqGo.

Literary Birthday Celebration: Robert Penn Warren

Poet Maurice Manning and author Alan Cheuse will celebrate the birthday of American writer Robert Penn Warren 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 Rare Book and Special Collections Division of the Library of Congress.

Date: Wednesday, April 24 at 12:00 Noon
Location: Whittall Pavilion, Jefferson Building
Contact: (202) 707-5394

Poetry Reading at the National Portrait Gallery: Come Listen All!

Poets John Koethe, Yusef Komunyakaa, and Paul Muldoon will read from their work to mark the close of the exhibition “Poetic Likeness: Modern American Poets” and will anticipate the fall 2013 publication of Lines in Long Array. This book contains 12 newly commissioned poems on the Civil War by major contemporary poets. This event is free and open to the public. Book signing to follow; signing will be for the speakers’ recent publications. Presented in partnership with the Poetry Society of America.

Date: Sunday, April 21 at 2:00 PM
Location: Nan Tucker McEvoy Auditorium, National Portrait Gallery, Eighth and F Streets NW, Washington, D.C. 20001
Contact: (202) 633-8300

Literary Birthday Celebration: William Shakespeare

Tomorrow the actors of the Shakespeare Theatre Company Academy for Classical Acting will celebrate the birthday of William Shakespeare with a performance of some of the Bard's most famous works. This event is free and open to the public. Co-sponsored by the Shakespeare Theatre Company Academy for Classical Acting.

Date: Tuesday, April 16 at 12:00 Noon
Location: Coolidge Auditorium, Jefferson Building
Contact: (202) 707-5394

The Launch of Poetry of America

As part of the 75th Anniversary of the Poetry and Literature Center and our ongoing celebrations for National Poetry Month, we're happy to present the launch of "Poetry of America."

"Poetry of America" explores the past, present, and future of American Poetry through two key features: “Poetry of American Identity” and “Poetry of American History.” In our "Poetry of American Identity" feature you'll find recordings made by some of the most iconic American poets reading and discussing the poems they feel shaped America.

In our "Poetry of American History" feature, you'll find essays written by past Poets Laureate and other luminaries in the poetry field commissioned to celebrate the 75th Anniversary of this office and the history of poetry as a living piece of American culture.

For the rest of the year, we'll be adding new recordings and essays by some of your favorite poets and writers. Be sure to check back often, and stop by our Interviews page for a look at our newest interview with novelist Justin Torres!

Literature in Conversation: Fred Arroyo and Maria Melendez

Authors Fred Arroyo and Maria Melendez will read selections from their works. This event is free and open to the public. Book sales and a signing will follow. Co-sponsored by the Library of Congress Center for the Book and Hispanic Division, and presented in collaboration with Letras Latinas.

Date: Thursday, April 11 at 6:30 PM
Location: Montpelier Room, Madison Building
Contact: (202) 707-5394

Hill Center Poetry Series: Elizabeth Alexander

Poet Elizabeth Alexander will read and take part in a moderated discussion with The Washington Post book critic and editor Ron Charles. The reading is the first in a new series sponsored by the Hill Center, the Poetry and Literature Center, and The Washington Post. The event will be free and open to the public. Tickets are required.

Date: Wednesday, April 10 at 7:00 PM
Location: Abraham Lincoln Hall, Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital, 921 Pennsylvania Avenue, SE
Contact: (202) 707-5394

Kicking off Poetry Month at the Library of Congress

The Poetry and Literature Center welcomes you to the Library of Congress tomorrow for two events just in time for the start of National Poetry Month. We'll begin the festivities at 12:00 noon with Congolese poet Omekongo Dibanga, and at 6:30 PM our Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey will introduce her winners for the 2013 Witter Bynner Fellowships. There's more information below, so be sure to check out the listings. We hope to see you all there, and wish everyone a very happy National Poetry Month from the Library!

Conversations with African Poets & Writers: Omekongo Dibanga
Poet Omekongo Dibanga, from the Democractic Republic of Congo, will read from his work and discuss the state of contemporary African literature. The event is free and open to the public. Book sales and a signing will follow. Co-sponsored by the Library of Congress African and Middle Eastern Division and presented in partnership with teh Africa Society of the Summit on Africa.

Date: Tuesday, April 2 at 12:00 Noon
Location: African and Middle Eastern Division Reading Room, Jefferson Building
Contact: (202) 707-5394

Witter Bynner Fellowship Reading
Poets Sharon Dolin and Shara McCallum will be introduced by Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey as her selections for the Library's 2013 Witter Bynner Fellows. Both Dolin and McCallum will celebrate their selection with a reading. The event is free and open to the public. Book sales and a signing will follow.

Date: Tuesday, April 2 at 6:30 PM
Location: Montpelier Room, Madison Building
Contact: (202) 707-5394

Fellowship of Southern Writers Celebration

An event to highlight distinguished literary writers and writing from the South, hosted by Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry (and Mississippi Poet Laureate) Natasha Trethewey. Readers include Madison Smartt Bell, Edward P. Jones, Jill McCorkle, Ron Rash, and Charles Wright. This event is free and open to the public. Co-sponsored by the Publishing Office of the Library of Congress.

Date: Wednesday, March 27, 2013 at 6:30 PM
Location: Mumford Room, Madison Building
Contact: (202) 707-5394

Literary Birthday Celebration: Robert Frost

Poets Dana Gioia and Eric Pankey will celebrate the birthday of American poet Robert Frost 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 of a display from the Library's collections. Co-sponsored by the Manuscript Division of the Library of Congress.

Date: Tuesday, March 26, 2013 at 12:00 Noon
Location: Whittall Pavilion, Jefferson Building
Contact: (202) 707-5394

Conversations with African Poets & Writers: Maaza Mengiste

Ethiopian novelist Maaza Mengiste will read from her work and discuss the state of contemporary African literature. The 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.

Date: Thursday, Marcy 21, 2013 at 12:00 Noon
Location: African and Middle Eastern Division Reading Room, Jefferson Building
Contact: (202) 707-5394

Literary Birthday Celebration: Edna St. Vincent Millay

Poets Alicia Ostriker and Claudia Emerson will celebrate the birthday of American poet Edna St. Vincent Millay 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 Prints and Photographs Division at the Library of Congress.

Date: Friday, February 22, 2013 at 12:00 Noon
Location: Whittall Pavillion, Jefferson Building
Contact: (202) 707-5394

Poet Laureate Civil War Reading

Natasha Trethewey, the 19th Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry, reads historically focused poems in celebration of "The Civil War in America" exhibit at the Library of Congress. This event is free and open to the public. Book sales and a signing will follow. Co-sponsored by the Interpretive Program Office of the Library of Congress.

Date: Wednesday, January 30, 12:00 Noon
Location: LJ-119, Thomas Jefferson Building
Contact: (202) 707-5394

Kluge Center Resident Scholar Lecture

Library of Congress Kluge Fellow Lindsay Tuggle examines the Civil War narratives of Walt Whitman and Union surgeon John H. Brinton as alternative histories of war casualties: military and poetic, phantom and physical in a lecture titled: "The Afterlives of Specimens: Science and Mourning in Whitman's America." The lecture will be free and open to the public. Co-Sponsored by the Kluge Center of the Library of Congress

Date: Thursday, January 24th, 12:00 Noon
Location: LJ-113, Thomas Jefferson Building
Contact: (202) 707-5394

Bobbitt Prize Reading: Gerald Stern

Gerald Stern, winner of the 12th Rebekah Johnson Bobbitt National Prize for Poetry, will read selections from his Early Collected Poems: 1965-1992. This event is free and open to the public. Book sales and a signing will follow.

Date: Thursday, January 24, 7:00 PM
Location: Montpelier Room, James Madison Building
Contact: (202) 707-5394

International Literature at the Library of Congress

Come join the Poetry and Literature Center next week for two new events spotlighting Spanish Literature at the Library of Congress:

International Literature: Javier Cercas
Javier Cercas, novelist and Professor of Spanish Literature at the University of Girona in Spain, reads from his work and discusses the state of contemporary Spanish literature. The event is free and open to the public. Book sales and a signing will follow.
Date: Thursday, December 6, at 2:00 PM
Location: LJ-119, Thomas Jefferson Building

Book Talk About Modern Poetry: T. S. Eliot and Octavio Paz
Pedro Serrano, poet and professor in the Department of Comparative Literature at the National Autonomous University of Mexico, reads from his work and discusses the relationship between the Modernist poets T. S. Eliot and Octavio Paz. The event is free and open to the public. Book sales and a signing will follow.
Date: Friday, December 7, at 12:00 PM
Location: Mary Pickford Theater, James Madison Building

For more information, please contact (202) 707-5394.

A Week of Readings at the Library of Congress

Come join us next week as we celebrate Hebraic and African poets and writers in a series of three upcoming events:

100 Years of Hebrew Poetry
Poet and anthologist Peter Cole will read from his poems and discuss the history of Hebrew poetry.
Date: Monday, November 5th, 12:00 Noon
Location: African & Middle Eastern Division Reading Room (LJ-220), Thomas Jefferson Building

Conversations with African Poets & Writers: Anna Mwalagho
Kenyan storyteller and poet Anna Mwalagho will read from her work and discuss the state of contemporary African literature.
Date: Wednesday, November 7th, 3:30 PM
Location: African & Middle Eastern Division Reading Room (LJ-220), Thomas Jefferson Building

Conversations with African Poets & Writers: Tijan Sallah
Gambian author and poet Tijan Sallah will read from his work and discuss the state of contemporary African literature.
Date: Friday, November 9th, 12:00 Noon
Location: African & Middle Eastern Division Reading Room (LJ-220), Thomas Jefferson Building

For more information, please contact (202) 707-5394.

Witter Bynner State Reading in New York City, NY

L. S. Asekoff, co-recipient of the Library of Congress’s 15th annual Witter Bynner Poetry Fellowship, reads in his home state. A moderated conversation with 18th Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry Philip Levine (who selected Asekoff for the fellowship) will follow the reading. This event is free and open to the public.

Date: Tuesday, October 23 at 7:00 PM
Location: Poets House, 10 River Terrace
Contact: (212) 431-7920

International Literature: Rolena Adorno

Rolena Adorno, Reuben Post Halleck Professor of Spanish and Portuguese Literature at Yale University, will deliver a keynote address titled “Aztecs and Allegory: the Baroque in Colonial Mexico” as part of the University of Maryland symposium “Colonial Intersections: Reconsidering History, the Literary, and the Visual Archives.” The event will be free and open to the public.

Date: Friday, October 12, 4:30 PM
Location: Mumford Room, James Madison Building
Contact: (202) 707-5394

Conversations with African Poets and Writers

South African writer and Executive Head of the Cape Town Centre for the Book Mandla Matyumza will read from his own work and discuss the state of contemporary South African literature & publishing, especially highlighting African languages and culture.

Date: Tuesday, September 25, 12:00 PM
Location: African and Middle Eastern Division Reading Room, Thomas Jefferson Building
Contact: (202) 707-5394

Poet Laureate in Jackson, Mississippi

Natasha Trethewey, the 19th Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry and Mississippi State Poet Laureate, will read a selection from her poetry. The event is free and open to the public. A reception will follow.

Date: Thursday, September 20, 3:00 PM
Location: Dollye M. E. Robinson Building, Jackson State University
Contact: (202) 707-5394

Today is the day: come celebrate the new Poet Laureate!

Natasha Trethewey, the 19th Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry of the Library of Congress, will kick off the Library’s literary season with a reading tonight. The event is free and open to the public. A reception and book signing will follow.

Date: Thursday, September 13, 7:00 PM
Location: Coolidge Auditorium, Thomas Jefferson Building
Contact: (202) 707-5394

Poet Laureate Inaugural Reading

Natasha Trethewey, the 19th Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry of the Library of Congress, will kick off the Library’s literary season with a reading. The event is free and open to the public. A reception and book signing will follow.

Date: Thursday, September 13, 7:00 PM
Location: Coolidge Auditorium, Thomas Jefferson Building
Contact: (202) 707-5394

Resource Guide on New U.S. Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey

Natasha Trethewey was appointed the new Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress on June 7. This guide compiles online resources related to Natasha Trethewey's life and work.

International Literature: Laszlo Krasznahorkai

Hungarian novelist Laszlo Krasznahorkai will read from his recently translated novel, Satantango, and discuss the state of contemporary Hungarian literature. This event is free and open to the public. Co-sponsored by the European Division of the Library of Congress, and presented in collaboration with New Directions Publishing.

Date: Wednesday, June 13, 4:00 PM
Location: West Dining Room, James Madison Building
Contact: (202) 707-5394

Literary Birthday Celebration: Gwendolyn Brooks

Poets Kyle Dargan and Janice Harrington celebrate the birthday of American poet Gwendolyn Brooks 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 Rare Book and Special Collections Division of the Library of Congress.

Date: Thursday, June 7, Noon
Location: Dining Room A, James Madison Building
Contact: (202) 707-5394

Literary Birthday Celebration: Walt Whitman

Poets Joshua Beckman and Stanley Plumly celebrate the birthday of American poet Walt Whitman by reading selections from his work and discussing his influence on their own writing. This event is free and open to the public. Co-sponsored by the Manuscript Division of the Library of Congress.

Date: Thursday, May 31, Noon
Location: Whittall Pavilion, Thomas Jefferson Building
Contact: (202) 707-5394

International Literature: Herta Muller Reading

Nobel Laureate Herta Muller will read from her work, followed by a conversation with Georgetown University Professor Peter Pfeiffer. This event is free and open to the public. Book sales and a signing will follow. Co-sponsored by the European Division of the Library of Congress, and presented in collaboration with the Goethe Institut.

Date: Tuesday, May 15, 6:30 PM
Location: Montpelier Room, James Madison Building
Contact: (202) 707-5394

Poetry and the Stars (United States Naval Observatory)

Poet Elizabeth Arnold will read from her own work as well as favorite poems with astronomical themes. A moderated discussion will follow. This event is free and open to the public. Co-sponsored by U. S. Naval Observatory and the Federal Library and Information Network at the Library of Congress.

Please Note: Attendees must register by e-mailing Sally Bosken at sally.bosken@navy.mil, with their name and birth date, to be on the gate access list. Guests not on the list will not be admitted.

Date: Wednesday, May 9, 10:00 AM
Location: The United States Naval Observatory, 3450 Massachusetts Ave, NW, Washington, DC 20392
Contact: (202) 707-5394

Philip Levine to Lead May 4 Video Conference with High Schools and Public Libraries

Philip Levine, the 18th Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry at the Library of Congress, will connect with high schools and public libraries via video conference to read and discuss three of his poems: "Our Valley," "The Simple Truth," and "What Work Is." The reading and discussion will be followed by an extended question and answer period with video conference participants.

Event Date: Friday, May 4, 3 p.m. Eastern Time

Viewing the Event: This event will be streamed live on the Web. A link to the live video feed will be available from the Poetry and Literature Center home page – http://www.loc.gov/poetry/ – the day of the event.

Poet Laureate Final Event

Philip Levine, the 18th Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry at the Library of Congress, will conclude the Library’s literary season with a talk, "Forgotten Poets in My Youth." This event is free and open to the public. A reception and book signing will follow.

Date: Thursday, May 3, 7:00 PM
Location: Coolidge Auditorium, Thomas Jefferson Building
Contact: (202) 707- 5394

International Literature: Karl Ove Knausgaard

Norwegian novelist Karl Ove Knausgaard reads selections from his novel "My Struggle: Book One" and discusses the state of contemporary Norwegian literature. This event is free and open to the public. Guests should RSVP at (202) 707-5395. Books sales and a signing will follow. Co-sponsored by the European Division of the Library of Congress and presented in collaboration with the Norwegian Embassy.

Date: Wednesday, May 2, 6:30 PM
Location: Madison Hall, James Madison Building
Contact: (202) 707-5394

Conversations with African Poets and Writers: Helon Habila

Award-winning Nigerian author Helon Habila will read from his novel “Oil on Water” and discuss the anthology “The Granta Book of the African Short Story.” This event is free and open to the public. Book sales and a signing will follow. Co-sponsored by the African and Middle Eastern Division of the Library of Congress and the Africa Society of the National Summit on Africa.

Date: Tuesday, May 1, Noon
Location: LJ-220, Thomas Jefferson Building
Contact: (202) 707-5394

Literary Panel and Reading

The Poetry and Literature Center would like to invite you to a day of events featuring authors and co-editors of the anthology "The Other Latin@," Blas Falconer and Lorraine Lopez:

Books and Beyond: The Other Latin@

As part of the Books and Beyond series, Letras Latinas Director Francisco Aragón will moderate a noontime panel in the Pickford Theater featuring poet Blas Falconer and writer Lorraine López, co-editors of the recent anthology The Other Latin@: Writing Against a Singular Identity, who will discuss the contemporary state of Latino literature. This event is free and open to the public. Book sales and a signing will follow. Co-sponsored by the Library of Congress Center for the Book and Hispanic Division, and presented in collaboration with Letras Latinas and the University of Arizona Press.

Date: Thursday, April 26, Noon
Location: Mary Pickford Theater, James Madison Building
Contact: (202) 707-5394


Literature in Conversation: Blas Falconer and Lorraine Lopez

Authors Blas Falconer and Lorraine López will read selections from their works. This event is free and open to the public. Book sales and a signing will follow. Co-sponsored by the Library of Congress Center for the Book and Hispanic Division, and presented in collaboration with Letras Latinas and the University of Arizona Press.

Date: Thursday, April 26, 6:30 PM
Location: Mumford Room, James Madison Building
Contact: (202) 707-5394

River of Words Awards Ceremony

River of Words awards ceremony for winners and finalists of the 2010-2011 environmental poetry and art contest for young people. Hosted by Robert Hass, U.S. Poet Laureate 1995-1997. Co-sponsored by the Library of Congress Center for the Book.

Date: Monday, April 23, 7:00 p.m.
Location: Montpelier Room, James Madison Building
Contact: (202) 707-5394

Literary Birthday Celebration: William Shakespeare

The actors of the Shakespeare Theatre Company's Academy for Classical Acting at The George Washington University celebrate the birthday of William Shakespeare with a recitation of Shakespeare’s greatest works. This event is free and open to the public. Presented in collaboration with the Shakespeare Theatre Company.

Date: Wednesday, April 18, Noon
Location: Montpelier Room, James Madison Building
Contact: (202) 707-5394

Asian-American Poetry Today: Garrett Hongo

Japanese-American poet Garrett Hongo reads his work, followed by a moderated discussion. This event is free and open to the public. Book sales and a signing will follow. Co-sponsored by the Asian Division of the Library of Congress.

Date: Friday, April 13, 2:00 p.m.
Location: Whittall Pavilion, Thomas Jefferson Building
Contact: (202) 707-5394

Witter Bynner Reading

Philip Levine, the 18th Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry, will introduce L. S. Asekoff and Sheila Black as this year’s winners of the Library of Congress’s Witter Bynner Fellowship. This event is free and open to the public. Book sales and a signing will follow.

Date: Thursday, April 5, 6:30 PM
Location: Montpelier Room, James Madison Building
Contact: (202) 707-5394

Conversations with African Poets and Writers

The Poetry and Literature Center would like to invite you two days of Conversations with African Poets and Writers:

Keorapetse Kgositsile

South African poet and political activist Keorapetse Kgositsile discusses the state of contemporary African culture, including poetry and literature. This event is free and open to the public. Book sales and a signing will follow. Co-sponsored by the African and Middle Eastern Division of the Library of Congress and the Africa Society of the National Summit on Africa.

Date: Tuesday, April 3, 4:00 PM
Location: Montpelier Room, James Madison Building
Contact: (202) 707-5394


Donato Ndongo

Writer and journalist Donato Ndongo, from Equatorial Guinea, will read from his novel "Shadows of Your Black Memory." This event is free and open to the public. Book sales and a signing will follow. Co-sponsored by the African and Middle Eastern Division of the Library of Congress and the Africa Society of the National Summit on Africa.

Date: Wednesday, April 4, Noon
Location: LJ-220, Thomas Jefferson Building
Contact: (202) 707-5394

Latino/a Poetry Now: William Archila and Ruth Irupé Sanabria Reading at Georgetown University

As part of a national tour celebrating emerging Latina/o poets, this event will feature the first and second place winners of the 2010 International Latino Book Awards. Co-sponsored by the Hispanic Division of the Library of Congress and presented in partnership with Letras Latinas, Lannan Center for Poetics and Social Practice at Georgetown University, and the Poetry Society of America.

Date: Monday, March 20, 8:00 PM
Location: Copley Formal Lounge, Georgetown University, 37th and O Streets, NW
Contact: (202) 707-5394

Literary Birthday Celebration: Tennessee Williams

William Jay Smith, former Consultant in Poetry at the Library of Congress, reads from his memoir "My Friend Tom," about American playwright Tennessee Williams, on Williams’ birthday. This event is free and open to the public.

Date: Monday, March 26, 6:30 p.m.
Location: Montpelier Room, James Madison Building
Contact: (202) 707-5394

Lecture: The Faulkner and Hemingway Literary Rivalry

Scholar Joseph Fruscione discusses the literary rivalry of the great American authors Ernest Hemingway and William Faulkner. This event is free and open to the public. Book sales and a signing will follow. Co-sponsored by the Humanities and Social Science Division of the Library of Congress.

Date: Friday, March 16, Noon
Location: Dining Room A, James Madison Building
Contact: (202) 707-5394

Literary Birthday Celebration: Ralph Ellison

Writers Danielle Evans and Jabari Asim celebrate the birthday of American author Ralph Ellison 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 Manuscript Division of the Library of Congress.

Date: Thursday, March 1, Noon
Location: Whittall Pavilion, Thomas Jefferson Building (ground floor)
Contact: (202) 707-5394

Literary Birthday Celebration: Langston Hughes

Poets Dolores Kendrick and Evie Shockley celebrate the birthday of American poet Langston Hughes by reading selections from his work and discussing his influence on their own writing.

Date: Wednesday, February 1, Noon
Location: Whittall Pavilion, Thomas Jefferson Building
Contact: (202) 707-5394

International Literature: Odysseas Elytis and the Hispanic World

Pedro Serrano, Mexican translator, poet, and critic, joins Dominican poet and critic Rei Berroa in a discussion of the influence of Nobel Laureate Odysseas Elytis on Hispanic poetry and culture. This event is co-sponsored by the Hispanic Division of the Library of Congress.

Date: Friday, January 27, 6:30
Location: West Dining Room, James Madison Building
Contact: (202) 707-5394

Kluge Center Resident Scholar Lecture - Sascha Pohlmann

Bavarian Fellow Sascha Pohlmann will present a talk on "Walt Whitman's Future-Founding Poetry." This event is sponsored by the John W. Kluge Center of the Library of Congress.

Date: Thursday, December 15, Noon
Location: Whittall Pavilion, Thomas Jefferson Building (ground floor)
Contact: (202) 707-3302

Kluge Center Resident Scholar Lecture

Black Mountain Fellow Kelle Groom will present a talk on "The Quiet People (Hiljainen Kansa): A Memoir." This event is sponsored by the John W. Kluge Center of the Library of Congress.

Date: Tuesday, December 20, Noon
Location: Whittall Pavilion, Thomas Jefferson Building (ground floor)
Contact: (202) 707-3302

Kluge Center Resident Scholar Lecture

On December 15, Bavarian Fellow Sascha Pöhlmann will present a talk on "Walt Whitman’s Future-Founding Poetry." This event is sponsored by the John W. Kluge Center of the Library of Congress.

Date: Thursday, December 15, Noon
Location: Whittall Pavilion, Thomas Jefferson Building (ground floor)
Contact: (202) 707-3302

Literary Birthday Celebration: Louisa May Alcott

Authors Jo Ann Beard and Maud Casey celebrate the birthday of American author Louisa May Alcott 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 Rare Books and Special Collections Division of the Library of Congress.

Date: Tuesday, November 29, Noon
Location: Whittall Pavilion, Thomas Jefferson Building (ground floor)
Contact: (202) 707-5394

Conversations with African Poets and Writers: Susan Kiguli

To celebrate the African Studies Association Annual meeting, Ugandan poet and ASA Presidential Fellow Susan Kiguli reads her own work, with a moderated discussion to follow. This event is free and open to the public. A reception will precede the program. Co-sponsored by the African and Middle Eastern Division and the John W. Kluge Center of the Library of Congress, and the Africa Society of the National Summit on Africa, and with the generous support of Chevron.

Date: Wednesday, November 16, 6:00 PM
Location: Mumford Room, James Madison Building, Library of Congress (sixth floor)
Contact: (202) 707-5394

Witter Bynner Poetry Fellow Robert Bringhurst to Read in Seattle

Robert Bringhurst, recipient of the Library of Congress's 14th annual Witter Bynner Poetry Fellowship, reads his poetry. This event is free and open to the public. Book sales and a signing will follow. Co-sponsored by the Library of Congress Center for the Book.

Date: Tuesday, November 15, 7:00 PM
Location: Microsoft Auditorium, Central Library, Seattle Public Library, 1000 4th Ave.
Contact: (202) 707-5394

Philip Levine to Give Inaugural Reading as Poet Laureate on Oct. 17

Philip Levine, whose poetry has honored the working man for almost half a century, will give his inaugural reading as the 18th Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry at the Library of Congress on Oct. 17.

The reading, which will kick off the Library’s 2011-2012 literary season, will start at 7 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 17, in the Coolidge Auditorium on the ground floor of the Thomas Jefferson Building, 10 First St. S.E., Washington, D.C. The reading is free and open to the public, and a book-signing will follow. Tickets and reservations are not required, but early arrival is strongly recommended.

"Contemporary Poetry from China: A Reading and Discussion," Oct. 12

Chinese poets Xi Chuan and Zhou Zan join Michael Wiegers, executive editor of Copper Canyon Press and special guest Carolyn Forché, for a reading and discussion on the forthcoming anthology "Push Open the Window: Contemporary Poetry from China."

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

This event is free and open to the public. Book sales and a signing will follow.

Co-sponsored by the Asian Division of the Library of Congress and presented in partnership with Copper Canyon Press and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Birthday Celebration for American Poet John Berryman, Oct. 25

The Library of Congress will celebrate the birthday of American poet John Berryman, who would have been 97 this year, with a reading of his work by award-winning poets Mary Jo Bang and Michael Collier. The celebration will be held at noon on Tuesday, Oct. 25, in the Whittall Pavilion on the ground level of the Thomas Jefferson Building, 101 Independence Ave. S.E., Washington, D.C. The event is free and open to the public; no tickets are needed.

New Literary Series Highlights African Poets and Writers

The Library of Congress, in partnership with The Africa Society of the National Summit on Africa, is launching a new literary series, "Conversations with African Poets and Writers." The series will kick off with a discussion on contemporary African culture by Ali Mazrui on Oct. 7.

Post-Independence African Literature: Ali Mazrui

Noted scholar and political writer Ali Mazrui discusses the state of contemporary African culture, including poetry and literature.

Location: African and Middle Eastern Reading Room, Thomas Jefferson Building (2nd Floor)
Contact: (202) 707-5394

This event is free and open to the public. Book sales and a signing will follow.

Co-sponsored by the African and Middle Eastern Division of the Library of Congress and the Africa Society of the National Summit on Africa.

Levine to Give Inaugural Reading as Poet Laureate Oct. 17

Philip Levine, whose poetry has honored the working man for almost half a century, will give his inaugural reading as the 18th Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry at the Library of Congress on Oct. 17.

Poetry Traditions of Mexico and the U.S., Oct. 4

On Oct. 4, a panel of experts will discuss the poetry traditions of the United States and Mexico and the literary exchanges between the two countries, shedding light on the historical, political and cultural heritages of both nations.

September Symposium on Brazilian Popular Literature

The American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress is sponsoring a symposium titled "Literatura de Cordel: Continuity and Change in Brazilian Popular Literature," Monday, Sept. 26 and Tuesday, Sept. 27.

Emory Professor to Discuss Faulkner's Link to a Mid-1800s Plantation Diary

Sally Wolff of Emory University discusses her book, "Ledgers of History: William Faulkner, an Almost Forgotten Friendship, and an Antebellum Plantation Diary." Noon, Pickford Theater, Third Floor, James Madison Building.

Yermiyahu Ahron Taub reads from his new book of poetry Tuesday, June 7

Yermiyahu Ahron Taub reads from his new book of poetry, "Uncle Feygele," which explores the issues encountered by gay Orthodox Jews. Noon, African/Middle Eastern Reading Room, Second Floor, Thomas Jefferson Building.

Final Poetry at Noon Reading of the Season on May 24

In our popular afternoon series, poets Jody Bolz, Tom Healy, and Anne Harding Woodworth read poems about being away from familiar people and visiting strange places. Noon - 1 p.m., in the Whittall Pavilion, ground level of the Thomas Jefferson Building.

River of Words Environmental Poetry and Art Contest to Hold Event with Former Winners

Two of the winners in 2000 from the River of Words environmental poetry and art contest will return to the Library of Congress in a special program in which they will discuss how the contest changed their lives. "Inspiring Stories from River of Words" will be held on Tuesday, May 10, at 1 p.m. in the Mary Pickford Theater, located on the sixth floor of the James Madison Building, 101 Independence Ave. S.E., Washington, D.C.

Author Davi Walders discusses her new poetry book on May 12

Author Davi Walders will talk about her new book "Women Against Tyranny: Poems of Resistance During the Holocaust" at noon on Thursday, May 12 in the Library of Congress's African and Middle Eastern Division Reading Room, located in Room 220 of the Library's Thomas Jefferson Building.

Poet Laureate W.S. Merwin Closes the Literary Season on May 4

U.S. Poet Laureate W.S. Merwin—the two-time winner of the Pulitzer Prize, hailed by the New York Times as the "undisputed master"—will conclude the Library of Congress spring literary season with a reading of his work.

Witter Bynner Fellows to Read at Library on April 21

Forrest Gander and Robert Bringhurst, selected as the 2011 Witter Bynner Fellows by Poet Laureate W.S. Merwin, will read their poems on Thursday, April 21, at 6:45 p.m. in the Mumford Room on the sixth floor of the James Madison Building. A book signing and reception will follow the event.

April and May Poetry Events at the Library of Congress

April and May poetry events at the Library include a Shakespeare Birthday Reading, a reading by Witter Bynner fellows Forrest Gander and Robert Bringhurst, and a May 4 reading by U.S. Poet Laureate W.S. Merwin to conclude the Library's spring literary season.

Poets C. D. Wright and David Wagoner to Read, March 23

Two distinguished poets, C. D. Wright and David Wagoner, will read from their work in an evening presentation at the Library of Congress.

Poetry at Noon Readings on Feb. 15, March 15, April 19 and May 24

Nine poets will read this spring in the Library's Poetry at Noon program, appearing monthly from February to May, with a special performance by Shakespeare actors in April.

Upcoming Poetry Events at the Library of Congress

View a current schedule of upcoming poetry readings and events for the Library's Fall 2010 and Spring 2011 literary seasons.

Eight U.S. Poets Laureate To Read at Library of Congress on Oct. 6

Some of the most distinguished voices in American poetry—eight former U. S. Poets Laureate/Consultants in Poetry—will reunite in the historic Coolidge Auditorium of the Library of Congress for a night of poetry on Oct. 6.

W.S. Merwin Named Poet Laureate

Librarian of Congress James H. Billington today announced the appointment of W.S. Merwin as the Library's 17th Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry for 2010-2011.

Poet Laureate Shares Creative Process Virtually

On April 1, Kay Ryan, the 16th Poet Laureate of the United States, offers a peek into the creative process during a videoconference with community college students. The videoconference will be streamed live on the Library's Web site.

"It's Never Too Late for Love" Poetry Reading At Library of Congress on March 12

The snowstorms in February may have derailed the Library of Congress salute to Valentine's Day and the annual "Love Poems" reading—but it's never too late for love poems. Poets Heddy Reid and Margaret Mackinnon will read their poems and those by other poets at noon on Friday, March 12, in the Mary Pickford Theater on the third floor of the James Madison Building.

Two Prize-Winning Poets to Read at Library of Congress on Nov. 12

A National Book Critics Circle Award finalist (2003) and a MacArthur fellow (2000) will read their poems at the Library of Congress on Nov. 12. Tony Hoagland, from Houston, Texas, and Lucia Perillo, from Olympia, Wash., will read at 6:45 p.m. in the Montpelier Room on the sixth floor of the James Madison Building, 101 Independence Ave. S.E., Washington, D.C.

Poet Laureate Kay Ryan Will Launch Community College Poetry Project at Library of Congress Reading on Oct. 21

Program begins at 7 p.m. in the Coolidge Auditorium, Jefferson Building, 10 First Street, SE, Washington, DC 20540. The event is free and tickets are not required.

Poets Brigit Pegeen Kelly and J.D. McClatchy To Read at Library of Congress on April 2

The Spring Literary Season continues at the Library of Congress with a reading by poets Brigit Pegeen Kelly and J.D. McClatchy, both past finalists for the Pulitzer Prize in Poetry.

Poet Laureate Chooses Christina Davis and Mary Szybist for 12th Annual Witter Bynner Award and Reading, Feb. 26

Poet Laureate Kay Ryan has chosen two gifted voices in poetry, Christina Davis and Mary Szybist, for the 2009 Witter Bynner Fellowships, and will introduce the poets on Feb. 26 at the Library of Congress.

Poetry at Noon Reading with E. Ethelbert Miller

E. Ethelbert Miller is a literary activist, board chairman of the Institute for Policy Studies (IPS), board member of The Writer's Center and editor of Poet Lore magazine. Since 1974, he has been the director of the African American Resource Center at Howard University. Library staff members Jane Caulton, National Library Services for the Blind and Physically Handicapped, and Eric Smith, Library Services, will join in reading selected pieces. Noon, Feb. 23, Madison Building, Mumford Room, LM 649.

Symposium Marks 250th Anniversary of Robert Burns' Birth

To mark the 250th anniversary of the birth of Robert Burns, Scotland’s national poet, the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress, in collaboration with the Scottish government as part of its Homecoming Scotland 2009 celebration, will present a free public symposium on Burns’ life and work, as well as his impact on America and American culture.

Poetry at Noon Series Reading, Feburary 10

"Love" is the Poetry at Noon theme. Featured poets are Poet-Attorney Edwin Zimmerman of Washington, DC; Kristin Berkey-Abbott of Hollywood, FL; and Judith Offer of Oakland, CA. Whittall Pavilion, noon-1 p.m.

Mark Strand and Charles Wright to Read at the Library of Congress on April 24

Poet Laureate Charles Simic will introduce Mark Strand and Charles Wright in the Montpelier Room, on the 6th floor of the James Madison Building, at 6:45 p.m.

Bob Hicok and Charles Wright, 2008 Bobbitt National Poetry Prize Winners, to Read at Library

The distinguished Rebekah Johnson Bobbitt National Prize for Poetry, created 20 years ago, will be awarded to two poets who teach at universities in Virginia: Bob Hicok of Virginia Tech and Charles Wright of the University of Virginia.

Hicok and Wright will receive the 2008 award and read selections of their work at 8 p.m. on Monday, April 28, in the Montpelier Room on the sixth floor of the James Madison Building, 101 Independence Ave. S.E., Washington, D.C. The program is free and open to the public; no tickets or reservations are needed.

Library of Congress to Celebrate Academy of American Poets' "Poem in Your Pocket Day"

The Library will celebrate the Academy of American Poets’ first national "Poem in Your Pocket Day" with two events on Thursday, April 17, a poetry reading at noon and a web conference from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Library of Congress To Host An Afternoon Of Spanish Poetry

The Hispanic Division of the Library of Congress will host an afternoon of Spanish poetry at 2 p.m. on April 11 featuring poets from Spain, Latin America and the Caribbean. Each poet will read a selection in Spanish, followed by an open discussion in English moderated by Dominican poet Rei Berroa of George Mason University.

The Library of Congress and NEA to Host an Evening of Russian Poetry, April 7

The Library of Congress and the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) will jointly host an evening of Russian poetry on April 7, featuring Evgeny Bunimovich, Elena Fanailova and Yuli Gugolev.

Poets Li-Young Lee and David Kirby to read at the Library of Congress

Reading takes place February 7, 6:45 p.m., Montpelier Room, 6th Floor, James Madison Building.

W.S. Merwin, Winner of the Bobbitt Poetry Prize, Will Read, Oct. 31

Celebrated poet W.S. Merwin will receive the 2006 Rebekah Johnson Bobbitt National Prize for Poetry and read selections of his work at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 31, in the Mumford Room on the sixth floor of the James Madison Building, 101 Independence Ave. S.E., Washington, D.C.

2007 National Book Festival Features Poet Laureate, Award-Winning Poets

View a list of poets scheduled to read and sign books at the National Book Festival on September 29. Webcasts of all readings will be available on the Library's Web site the week following the festival.

Announcing the Fall Literary Season at the Library of Congress

Charles Simic will open the Library's Fall literary season on October 18. Other award-winning poets visiting the Library this season include Marjory Wentworth, James Tate, and Jorie Graham.

Award-Winning Poets to Participate in the 2007 National Book Festival

The Library of Congress has announced the names of nearly 70 authors, illustrators, and poets participating in the seventh annual National Book Festival. Discover which poets will be reading at the Poetry Pavilion.

Poets Dolores Kendrick and Philip Levine to Read at Library on May 24

The Library's final poetry reading of the literary season features D.C. Poet Laureate Dolores Kendrick and poet Philip Levine.

First-Ever Joint Reading By U.S. and British Poets Laureate on May 10

Poets Laureate Donald Hall and Andrew Motion to read at the Library of Congress on May 10.